(a)  In child care centers, all beds, cribs, cots, and mats shall be in good repair, stored to prevent contamination, cleaned and sanitized between users.

(b)  Cribs and play pens used for sleeping shall be easily cleanable, and equipped with a firm, tight-fitting mattress made of waterproof, washable material at least two inches thick.

(c)  All beds, cots or mats shall be assigned and labeled for each individual child, and equipped with individual linens. 

(d)  Mats shall be of a waterproof, washable material at least two inches thick and shall be stored so that the floor side does not touch the sleeping side or by an equivalent method approved by the Department.

(e)  When in use, cribs, cots, mats and playpens shall be placed at least 18 inches apart or separated by partitions which prevent physical contact.

(f)  Linen shall be kept clean, in good repair, and stored with the individual mat or cot or stored individually for each child in a designated area.  Linen shall be laundered between users, when soiled, and at least once per week. Linen used in rooms where children in care are less than 12 months old shall be changed and laundered when soiled and at least daily.  Linens shall be large enough to cover the sleeping surface.

(g)  Wash cloths, bibs, and burping cloths shall not be used more than once until laundered and shall be laundered when soiled and at least daily.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 110-91;

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2006; January 1, 2006; February 1, 1995.