The proposal to limit television viewing time would apply to children 2 years and older and seeks to reduce the amount of time kids watch television, movies, play video games or are on computers.
Coinciding with the proposal is the addition that a facility must be able to provide structured and unstructured active play to allow children to climb, jump, run and play with toys that have wheels.
Staff reports state facilities will need to provide a written description of a planned program of daily activities so parents can compare the program to the facility’s stated intent. Flexibility should also be incorporated to give children independence and creative expression, the reports add.
Other proposals deal with ensuring hygienic safety. These proposals range from requiring caregivers to wash their hands after cleaning out a garbage can to requiring children to wash their hands after playing in a sandbox or with water. Another hygienic proposal asks both the caregiver and the child wash their hands after changing a diaper or underwear. Play equipment and even the outdoor conditions for play have also been clarified. Child care providers must be able to give children shade to prevent excessive sun exposure.
The advisory board will also hear about child care providers needing to offer more activities to encourage a child’s development, feeding a child junk food and cleaning a sink after a training potty seat has been disinfected in it.
The county health department and Chronic Disease Coalition today will make a presentation of some of these regulations, a portion of which were passed by the state legislature.
Regulations approved at this meeting today will go in front of the Washoe County Board of Commissioners in upcoming months for final approval.
Also on the agenda is a department update on foster care.
The meeting takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Washoe County Commission’s chambers in Reno.