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Minnesota Day Care Centers – What Laws Apply to Day Care Activities and Equipment?

By Rob Shainess, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Minnesota day care centers are regulated by the Minnesota Administrative Code Rule 9502.0415 as to Activities and Equipment. Pursuant to Subpart 1 and Subpart 3 of this Rule, day care centers must provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of the child. These activities must meet the following requirements:

a. be scheduled indoors and outdoors, weather permitting;
b. be appropriate to the developmental stage and age of the child;
c. include active and quiet activity; and
d. contain provider-directed and child-initiated activity.

The day care provider must have appropriate equipment according to activity and age group. The equipment may be new, used, commercial, or even homemade as long it is age appropriate, safe, and in good repair.

Compliance with Minnesota laws and regulations is vital to the safety and well-being of each child in a MInnesota day care center. It is clear that consistent supervision of the children and diligent maintenance of the playground area and equipment can help prevent many personal injuries to children in Minnesota day care centers.

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