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Infant Care Checklist

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Name of Program

 The Program

 

 

Room is bright and cheerful

Yes

No

Fresh air and healthy heating conditions maintained

Yes

No

Diapering, sleeping, feeding and play areas are separate

Yes

No

Cribs, bedding, feeding utensils, clothing, diapers etc. are labeled with child's name

Yes

No

Space is arranged so children can enjoy quiet play safely by themselves, space to roll-over and objects they can crawl to and explore

Yes

No

There are bright, interesting objects at infant's eye level

Yes

No

There are NO baby walkers or swings in use

Yes

No

Floors are clean, stairs and doorways are protected with locked gates. Soft surfaces for sitting and lying on are available

Yes

No

Children are taken outside every day for fresh air

Yes

No

 

 Health & Safety

 

 

Children are always under adult supervision

Yes

No

Written medical records & emergency information kept on file for each child

Yes

No

MAT (Medication Administration Training) Certified: Trained to give both prescription & over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Robitussin, etc.

Yes

No

Diaper changing areas sanitized after each change

Yes

No

Precautions taken to limit spread of infectious disease; toys washed & cleaned frequently

Yes

No

Adults wash hands before & after each diaper change, and before & after each feeding. Disposable gloves are highly recommended and available for the staff

Yes

No

Children are protected from power sources in all rooms. All electrical outlets are covered; all wires are out of reach.

Yes

No

All breakable, sharp or potential choking hazards are out of reach. Poison, cleaning fluids, medicine & firearms are in locked cabinets. There are no dangling curtain or blind cords.

Yes

No

 

 The Staff

 

 

Experienced in the care of infants

Yes

No

Nurturing & affectionate with children

Yes

No

Holds infants while feeding them

Yes

No

Responds to children's communications

Yes

No

Responds quickly to infant's cries. Responses are soothing and tender

Yes

No

Engages in face-to-face interactions with infants and speaks with them often

Yes

No

Infants are held, fed and cuddled when needed

Yes

No

Adult interactions are gentle and supportive

Yes

No

Children's accomplishments are encouraged and praised

Yes

No

Respects children's curiosity and allows for individual differences

Yes

No

Spends most of the day interacting with infants, talking & playing with them

Yes

No

Low staff turnover

Yes

No

 

Staffing Ratios:

Child Care Centers

                    Infants 6 weeks to 18 months………1 caregiver for every 4 children

                                                                              Maximum group size: 8

                    Toddlers 18 months to 3 years……..1 caregiver for every 5 children

                                                                              Maximum group size: 12

           

Family Child Care Homes

Informal/Exempt/Legal Two

No more than 2 children in addition to caregiver’s own children. 

No more than 2 children under the age of 2, including the caregiver’s own children.

 

Family Child Care (NYS Registered)

6 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, AND may care for an additional 2 school-aged children with approval

There must be one caregiver for every two children under the age of two, including the provider’s own children

      

Group Family Care (NYS Group Licensed)

Caregiver must have an assistant

12 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, AND may care for an additional 4 school-aged children with approval

There must be one caregiver for every two children under the age of two, including the provider’s own children

          

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.


 

 

 

Staff should be nurturing and affectionate with children