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Parents  >  Checklists  >  2-5 Year Old Child Care Checklist

2-5 Year Old Child Care Checklist

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  Program Name

The Program Yes No
Children are taken outside each day to play Yes No
There are a number of sensory play areas such as blocks, dramatic play, creative art, quiet book area, puzzles, table games, water & sand tables and play dough Yes No
Children spend much of their time engaging in "hands-on" activities of their choice Yes No
Children engage in art activities freely, making their own choices of materials and colors, rather than using dittos or following directions to make patterned crafts and projects Yes No
Children are developing their language abilities through conversation, looking at books, dictating stories, being read to, etc, rather than through dittos, flash cards or alphabet drill Yes No
Children are developing their perceptual skills by playing with blocks, pegs and puzzles Yes No
Boys & girls are equally encouraged to participate in various activities Yes No
Children are encouraged to express themselves freely, and use words to resolve conflicts with other children Yes No
Program has books, pictures, foods, dolls and other materials that celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity Yes No
Activities are designed with the understanding that children have different levels of ability, development and learning styles Yes No

 
The StaffYes No
Experienced with the care of young childrenYes No
Shows respect for the children and handles discipline in a calm, consistent way in order to encourage positive behaviorYes No
Responds promptly to children's communicationsYes No
Nurturing and affectionate, patient and good natured with the childrenYes No

 
Health & SafetyYes No
Floors are clean, stairs and doorways are protected with locked gates. Soft surfaces for sitting and lying on are availableYes No
Children are protected from power sources in all rooms. All electrical outlets are covered, all wires are out of reachYes No
Children have many opportunities to be physically activeYes No
Children who are present for a full day are served appropriate meals & offered a naptimeYes No
All breakable, sharp or potential choking hazards are out of reach. Poison, medicine and firearms are in locked cabinetsYes No
There are no dangling curtain or blind cords that cause choking hazards  Yes  No

 

If children are enrolled more than 3 hours per day the program must be

licensed by the New York State Department of Social Services.

If there is a first grade, it must be licensed by the

New York State Department of Education.

 

Minimum required staff/child ratios for licensed programs:

(unlicensed programs have no requirements, other than

local town ordinances)

 

Age of Child

 

Staff / Child

 

Max. Group Size

 

2 years

 

1:5

 

12

 

3 years

 

1:7

 

18

 

4 years

 

1:8

 

21

 

5 years

 

1:9

 

24

 

Protecting children is everyone’s job.

If you have a concern about a child care program, call the

Long Island Regional Office of Children and Family Services at

631-240-2560.

 

Children engage in art activities freely, making their own choices of materials and colors, rather than using dittos or following directions to make patterned crafts and projects