Various policies are required to maintain registration with the Department of Human Services. There are also recommended and best practice policies that CCR&R would recommend that each child care program review for implementation. Your child care program will benefit from having policies and plans to effectively communicate with parents and staff. The largest benefit of having policies and plans is to protect child care providers.

DHS Required Policies:

  • Health Related Emergencies
  • Caring for Mildly Ill Child

DHS Recommended Policies:

  • Orientation
  • Daily Schedule
  • Medication Policy
  • Tobacco and Nicotine
  • Guidance and Discipline
  • Safe Sleep
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Expulsion

ChildNet Certification Policies:

  • Confidentiality
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Parent Communication
  • Health & Safety (annual physicals, H&S records, immunization, exclusion)
  • Reporting and Documenting Injuries, Accidents and Emergencies
  • Transportation
  • Safety Procedures - on walks and field trips
  • Routine and Daily Schedule
  • Screen Time/Media
  • Diversity and Inclusion

Other Policies:

Center written policies identified here are required by 441 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 109.

Child Development Home (CDH) policy options identified here.

Emergency Preparedness policies and procedures can be found here.

Developing Policies & Procedures tool from Early Childhood Iowa here.


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