Licensing Requirements for SFU

SFU obtains State Licensure so our guests know that we take the care we provide to their children seriously, and that our programs are of the best quality possible. The following is an abbreviated list of requirements imposed by the State to secure our license. All employees are expected to abide by these requirements. If you have any questions about these requirements or those others not included on this list, please see your Supervisor.

1. Program Requirements

  • Each child will be visually supervised at all times.
  • All children will be treated equally.
  • Staff will communicate with the child's parent about the child's day.
  • Staff will interact with the children.
  • Down time, including napping, must also be supervised.
  • Staff will ensure the safety of younger children when combined with older children.
  • A staff-to-child ratio of at least 1:10 for children up to age 5 and 1:13 for children 6 years and older will be maintained at all times.
  • 2. Environmental Requirements

  • Facilities will provide 35 square feet of space per child indoors and 75 square feet of space per child outdoors.
  • Cots with a clean sheet are required for sleeping; children will not sleep directly on the floor or on a cot without a sheet.
  • 3. Training Requirements

  • Supervisors must have at least 9 hours of training per year, and Counselors must have at least 6 hours of training per year.
  • Counselor training must include 2 hours that focuses on the skills and competencies related to the ages of the groups.
  • 4. Emergencies

  • The facility will have a parent's signature on file for every child that allows medical treatment.
  • The facility must have a written plan in place for handling emergencies, including lost children.
  • 5. Health Requirements

  • Soiled cots must be disinfected.
  • Staff or children who are ill may not attend camp.
  • Food children bring to camp must be refrigerated unless their container has a cold pack in it.
  • Children may not be permitted to share food once they have been served.
  • Staff must wash their hands before serving or preparing food, before feeding children, after cleaning up after children who have been sick, after assisting a child with using the toilet, after using the restrooms, and after handling animals.
  • Children must wash their hands before eating, after using the restrooms, and after handling animals. Staff will assist children who need help with hand washing.
  • 6. Medications

  • Staff must have written permission from a parent on file to administer medications. Only supervisors are permitted to administer medications, except in the event of an emergency requiring Epi-Pen or Benadryl.
  • 7. Nutrition Requirements

  • No child will be forced to eat.
  • Drinking water must be made available to children whenever requested.
  • Special diets due to medical reasons may only be given with written instructions from the parent on file.
  • Staff will never smoke in front of children or near facilities.
  • 8. Transportation Requirements

  • Children must be supervised while on buses or in other vehicles at all times.
  • Discovery-age children must be in car seats when riding in cars or similar vehicles, but are permitted to ride on buses without a car seat.
  • Trail Blazer-age children may ride in vehicles other than buses as long as they are seat-belted, but buses are preferred.
  • 9. Swimming

  • Written permission from parents must be on file for children to participate in swimming.
  • There must be a lifeguard present while children are swimming.
  • Staff must have a way to identify children in the water (such as colored pinnies).
  • At least one Counselor from each group must be supervising the children 6in the water at all times.
  • 10. Staff Files

  • To obtain and keep state licensing, the facility must have on file the following documents for each staff member: an application, documentation of at least 6 hours of training, transcripts of education or experience with children, and 3 positive references.
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