453.21 Child Care/Day Care/Prekindergarten Facilities
Child care/day care/prekindergarten facilities located on board-owned property shall comply with Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code as adopted by the State Fire Marshal and the specific criteria in this section. Child care/day care/prekindergarten facilities requiring a license from another agency may also be required to comply with additional construction requirements imposed by that agency.
Toilet facilities shall meet accessibility requirements and should open into the instructional space. The toilet may be used by both sexes and shall contain a water closet, lavatory and related accessories.
If child care facilities are provided with a bathing area, it shall be within or adjacent to the child care area and shall contain either a shower with hand-held sprayer or a tub. The water temperature shall be controlled by a mixing valve and shall not exceed 110°F (43°C).
Toilet facilities shall have a nonslip impervious floor and 6-foot (1829 mm) impervious wainscot.
Drinking fountain(s) shall be provided for the children and be within close proximity of the child care facility.
A towel and soap dispenser shall be provided at each sink. Hand wash areas for adults shall be provided with warm water; the water temperature shall be controlled by a mixing valve and shall not exceed 110°F (43°C). All electrical receptacles shall be placed out of reach of the children.
When provided, a residential-type kitchen shall include a nonslip floor, a refrigerator, a residential range, a residential-type range hood mechanically exhausted to the outside, and a fire extinguisher located within 15 feet (457 mm) of the range within the same room.
Areas designated for children's sleeping mats, cots or cribs shall include a clearly marked exit passageway.
Outdoor play areas shall be provided and shall be protected from access to streets or other dangers. The play area shall be fenced or walled to a minimum height of 4 feet (1219 mm) and any latches on maintenance gates shall be secured or beyond the reach of the children.
Shade shall be provided in the play area (a covered play area may be provided).
Play equipment shall be firmly anchored, free of sharp corners or pointed surfaces, and shall have cushioning surfaces such as mats or sand beneath.
The grounds shall be free of undergrowth or harmful plant material.