The FAQ related to masks is as follows:
Q. Should staff wear masks when caring for children?
A. Both the CDC and KDHE recommend the use of masks in public and other settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. KDHE specifically recommends that adults in licensed child care settings wear masks. Local health officials and employers can apply additional health and safety requirements, including the use of masks in child care settings. When masks are worn, care should be taken to avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and to wash hands immediately after removing. Masks should be washed frequently. Staff wearing masks should consider the speech and language skills of young children as visual access to caregivers’ mouths is critical to infant/toddler speech development. Additionally, be aware that young children may try to touch or remove the mask from their caregiver which could result in contamination. Licensees should consult with parents before routinely requiring children in care to wear a mask. If feasible and necessary, children two years of age and older may safely wear masks once they are able to: put one on and remove it without assistance and are able to avoid touching or sucking on it. Masks should not be placed on anyone—adult or child— who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove their mask without assistance. More information about the use of masks and facial coverings is available on the KDHE COVID-19Resource Center (https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-KansasandCDC). CDC also has specific Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open here: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html)
A note about face shields(made of see-through material and covering the entire face):KDHE is not recommending that face shields be routinely used by young children in child care settings, with or without a mask. CDC does not recommend the use of a face shield for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for masks. Additionally, CDC guidance specifically states that plastic face shields for newborns and infants are NOT recommended. It isn’t known if face shields provide any benefit as a control measure to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. Some adults may choose to use a face shield when sustained close contact with others is expected. If used without a mask, a face shield should wrap around the sides of the individual’s face and extend below the chin. Disposable face shields should only be used one time. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
Please be sure to check with your local licensing surveyor to determine if any more stringent requirements have been implemented in your county.
Both options you will receive a confirmation that your request has been received and a time will be verified with Michelle when you may come to the Health Department.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is pleased to announce the adoption of amended regulations for licensed day care homes and group day care homes (K.A.R. 28-4-114a and 28-4-118) and for preschools and child care centers (K.A.R. 28-4-428 and 28-4-428a). The amended regulations were posted in the Kansas Register on April 27, 2017 and will be effective May 12, 2017.
Updated information including a copy of the Kansas Register containing the adopted regulations is available on the Child Care Licensing website. You may also register for a webinar on the website.
Interested in being a childcare provider? Inquire with Childcare Licensing Staff at 620-694-2900, option 5 for next steps.
Reminder: State Law Requires Childcare to be Given in Regulated Facilities
To register, email Childcare Licensing Staff.
Local Yearly Fees
Childcare Orientation Classes are held the first Thursday of the month via Zoom starting at 3:00pm. Pre-registration is required. You can reserve your spot by calling 620-694-2900, option 5. Cost is $20 for the class. The class is offered for adults only please.
All providers are required to have professional development training including Health and Safety, Pediatric First Aid, and CPR. All training is to be KDHE approved.
Childcare concerns should be referred to the Reno County Health Department
If you have any concerns about a child’s care at a daycare or center please call Childcare Licensing Staff at 620-694-2900, option 5.