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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 20. State Board of Education
Chapter 780. Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers

8VAC20-780-370. Daily activities for infants.

There shall be a flexible daily schedule for infants based on their individual needs. During the day, infants shall be provided with:

1. Sleep as needed.

a. When an infant is placed in his crib, he shall be placed on his back (supine).

b. When an infant is able to easily turn over from the back (supine) to the belly (prone) position and he is placed in his crib, he shall still be put on his back (supine) but allowed to adopt whatever position he prefers. This applies unless otherwise directed by the infant's physician in writing.

c. If the side position is used, caregivers shall bring the dependent arm forward to lessen the likelihood of the infant rolling into a belly (prone) position.

d. Resting or sleeping infants shall be individually checked every 15-20 minutes.

e. An infant who falls asleep in a play space specified in subdivision 5 a of this section may remain in that space if comfortable and safe.

2. Food as specified in 8VAC20-780-560 and 8VAC20-780-570.

3. Outdoor time if weather and air quality allow based upon the Air Quality Color Code Chart as provided by the Department of Environmental Quality.

4. Comfort as needed.

5. Play spaces.

a. Play spaces may include, but are not limited to, cribs, infant seats, play yards, exercise chairs or saucers (but not walkers), infant swings, high chairs, and floor space.

b. The variety of play spaces shall cumulatively offer:

(1) Room for extensive movement (rolling, crawling, or walking) and exploration;

(2) A diversity of sensory and perceptual experiences; and

(3) Equipment and toys that support large and small motor development.

c. Staff shall provide frequent opportunities for infants to creep, crawl, toddle and walk.

d. Infants shall be protected from older children.

e. Staff shall provide awake infants not playing on the floor or ground a change in play space at least every 30 minutes or more often as determined by the individual infant's needs.

f. Staff shall change the position of an awake infant playing on the floor or ground and the selection of toys available to the infant every 30 minutes or more often as determined by the individual infant's needs.

g. Infants, who cannot turn themselves over and are awake, shall be placed on their stomachs a total of 30 minutes each day to facilitate upper body strength and to address misshapen head concerns.

6. Stimulation and language development activities, including but not limited to staff reading, talking to, showing pictures to, naming objects for, playing with and engaging in positive interactions (such as smiling, cuddling, and making eye contact) with infants.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-289.046 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Former 22VAC15-30-461 derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 21, eff. September 1, 1998; amended, Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 12, eff. June 1, 2005; amended and renumbered as 22VAC40-185-370, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. November 1, 2012; amended and renumbered Volume 37, Issue 24, eff. July 1, 2021.

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