Monday, May 17, 2010
See my first post on this topic here.
I received some comments about this bill, so I wanted to pass along the information that I have received after contacting Brenda Landwehr and KDHE in Topeka. I'll list it in the question form.
Comment #1: Why would they have two types of homes and cap Family Daycare homes at 6?
--All Registered homes will now converted to Licensed homes. However, current Registered homes will only be allowed to have 6 children as their maximum until the provider receives a temporary or permanent license.
Comment #4: Do we have to be in the same room with the kids all the time?
--No, this law creates regulations that providers need to be within seeing OR hearing distance of their daycare children. Sleeping children will need to be checked on periodically (not every 15 minutes).
Comment #8: KDHE will start July 1st.
--If this bill is signed into law, inspections will begin July 1, 2010. The county/KDHE will have until June 30, 2011 to get all current Registered homes converted to licensed homes. Landwehr said that it is up to the local counties/KDHE to inspect the homes and decide the order. *I am still waiting for Nancy Jensen to contact me about if providers of Registered homes would be able to call and request to be first inspected so that they can start taking on more kids.
Comment #9: Will providers be notified of what is happening due to this law? Will Registered providers be able to know when they are being inspected?
--After contacting KDHE, I was told that they are working on putting information together for the Health departments and providers. They also kept telling me that this bill has not yet been signed into law. *I do not know if registered providers will know when the inspection is happening. I'll let you know if Nancy Jensen can answer that question for me.
- Lexie's Law will bring about additional training over Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as mandated by the Rules and Regulations committee.
- Areas with few surveyors/inspectors might have to put converting Registered homes above inspecting current Licensed homes. This means that current licensed homes might have to wait around 15 months for their inspections.