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Maryland Day Care Centers / Child Care Centers – Regulations for Outdoor Play Areas (Playgrounds)

By Benjamin A. Klopman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Maryland has day care centers and child care centers throughout the State. The State Board of Education sets forth standards for day care centers / child care centers pursuant to Title 13 A State Board of Education – Child Care Licensing. Under Regulation 13A.16.05.12. 12, the State of Maryland sets minimum standards for Outdoor Play or Playground areas. In particular, a day care center / child care center shall have an outdoor play area (playground) that is adjacent or easily accessible to the center providing ample play space. Each day care center / child care center must keep the outdoor play area free from hazards that may cause personal injuries or danger to the child. Hazards would include broken fences, broken playground equipment, unprotected or unfenced waterways, holes in the ground, glass or other sharp / dangerous objects, and poison ivy. Many injuries to children in Maryland can be avoided with good and consistent maintenance and supervision of outdoor play areas / playgrounds.

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