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Program Health and Safety Standards

Accreditation Health and Safety Standards

Program Health and Safety Standards

These standards are to be used as orientation to the Accreditation Process. All standards are in the Accreditation Manual with indicators that serve as evidence the standard is met. Programs considering pursuing accreditation through the National Accreditation Commission should enroll in Self-Study.

D1. The program maintains compliance with licensing standards and state and local regulations for health and safety of children in group settings.

D2. The program maintains current, confidential written records for each child.

D3. The program implements security measures for protection of children and employees.

D4. The program has a written policy regarding illness that is given to all families.

D5. Parents/legal guardians are notified of incidents, injuries, illnesses, and detection of parasites.

D6. The program monitors the health of each employee who has direct or indirect contact with children.

D7. Employees receive training on CPR, first aid, and safe sleep practices.

D8. Employees receive training in universal precautions.

D9. Employees receive child abuse and neglect training that includes recognizing symptoms, prevention, the mental and physical health consequences for children, and reporting responsibilities.

D10. Medication policies and procedures are written and implemented to protect the child, employee, and program.

D11. Transportation vehicles

D12. When children are transported, written policies and procedures regarding safety, supervision, and transportation are followed.

D13. Steps are taken to ensure that indoor and outdoor air quality is monitored.

D14. The program consults with a health care organization or professional to provide guidance regarding health policies, procedures, and practices.

D15. The facility has been tested for harmful environmental health hazards.

D16. Effective cleaning, sanitation, and disinfecting procedures are consistently practiced.

D17. Least-toxic cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products are consistently used according to manufacturers’ instructions.

D18. The outdoor learning environment meets Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) safety guidelines and is maintained.

D19. Undiluted chemicals, cleaning supplies, mercury-containing items, and other toxic materials are safely stored and disposed of, or recycled when possible.

D20. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques are utilized to control pests, including insects and vermin.

D21. The program has made preparations for emergencies.

D22. The program has a written plan for handling medical emergencies.

D23. When program prepares food onsite, all local health and sanitary requirements are met.

D24. Meals and Snacks

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