Facility: SECTION 19 / NIGHT TIME CARE

A. Additional rules for nighttime care. A facility receiving Children for Nighttime care must comply with the requirements in this section, in addition to other sections of this rule.


B. Individualized care. Special effort must be made by the Child Care Facility to individualize care at a Child’s bedtime and awakening.

  1. Child Care Staff Members must be awake, provide proper supervision, and remain alert to the needs of Children.
  2. In Child Care Facilities, at least two staff persons must be present in the program at all times during the hours that night time care is in operation.

C. Rooms used for sleeping or napping. All rooms occupied for sleeping or napping must be approved by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

  1. A room above the first floor maybe used for sleeping or napping if the room has two exits, with one exit leading directly to the outside, with means to safely reach the ground level.
  2. The Child Care Facility must have written approval from a Parent of each Child in care, regardless of age, to share a sleeping room with another Child. School age Children must be provided with gender-specific sleeping and private dressing areas. Opposite gender siblings may share a sleeping area with written parental approval.

D. Beds and bedding. A facility who offers nighttime care must have a safe and sturdy crib for each infant, and a safe and sturdy bed or cot with mattress and a pillow for each older Child.

  1. The top level of bunk beds must have a safety rail.
  2. Waterbeds must not be used for Children under 36 months of age.
  3. Sheets must be changed weekly between use by different Children, or more frequently if needed. No Child may be allowed to sleep in a wet bed.
  4. Beds arranged side by side must be at least two feet apart.
  5. Cribs for infants must comply with Section 14(L) of this rule.
  6. Mats may not be used for sleeping overnight.