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Laws, rules and regulations relating to child care exist in Florida to protect children from abuse, neglect, injury, and exploitation.

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1 Laws, rules and regulations relating to child care exist in Florida to protect children from abuse, neglect, injury, and exploitation.

2 Florida State Statutes are made up by the individual laws which pass the Legislature.

3 Florida State Statutes Each year, new statutes appear for the first time, some are rewritten or amended, and some stay the same.

4 Florida State Statutes Statutes are written and proposed by the Florida Senate and House of Representatives. They are signed into law by the governor.

5 Florida Administrative Code is made up of the rules that are created by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

6 Florida Administrative Code Rules and regulations are based on the Florida Statutes.

7 Florida Administrative Code is enforced by the Florida Department of Children and Families and many other state and local agencies.

8 Agencies that work to benefit children Child Care Resource Network (CCRN) Local Health Department Local Fire Department Department of Children and Families (DCF)

9 How to find out about Laws, Rules and Regulations? www.dcf.state.fl.us/childcare/laws.shtml See the links online at the Cuda Care website

10 You will work in groups.

11 Pick up a copy of the FL Statutes

12 Find and record the requested information

13 When done— turn in your team’s card to me

14 FL Statute: 402.301 to protect the health, safety and well-being of the children and to promote their emotional and intellectual development. What is the legislative intent?

15 FL Statute 402.302(2) Where can you find the legal definition of a child care facility?

16 FL Statute: 402.302 (13) Employment history fingerprints, local, state and federal criminal records What records are checked during a screening?

17 FL Statute: 402.305 (2) 21 How old do you have to be to operate a child care facility? How old do you have to be to work in a child care facility? 16

18 FL Statute: 402.305 (2) 40 hours How long is the introductory training for child care providers?

19 FL Statute: 402.305 (2) Rules and Regulations Health, safety, nutrition Child abuse and neglect Child development Observation What topics are covered in the introductory training?

20 FL Statute: What do the initials “CDA” mean? Child Development Associate credential

21 FL Statute: 402.305 (4) What is the ratio of staff to children up to age 1? 4 children to 1 staff member

22 Determining Ratios There must be ONE child care personnel for every:

23 FL Statute: 402.305 (4) How many staff members would you need for the following group of 8 children? 2 staff members 2 children age 1 6 children age 2

24 FL Statute: 402.305 (4) How many staff members would you need for the following group of 13 children? 1 staff member 6 children age 2 7 children age 3

25 FL Statute: 402.305 (4) How many staff members would you need for the following group of 13 children? 2 staff member 7 children age 2 6 children age 3

26 FL Statute: 402.305 (6) How much inside space do you need for each child in a facility licensed after 1992? 35 square feet/child

27 FL Statute: 402.305 (6) How much outside space do you need for each child in a facility licensed after 1992? 45 square feet/child

28 FL Statute: 402.305 (12) What does the law say about discipline in a childcare setting? Must be age-appropriate and constructive Parents notified in writing of policy


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