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New Jersey Child Care / Day Care Regulations – What Rules Apply as to Activities Provided by or at the Day Care Center?

By Robert Fernicola, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In New Jersey, child care centers and day care centers are regulated by the Department of Human Resources and the Child Care Licensing Laws. There are specific rules / regulations pertaining to activities provided by or at the day care center under the New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C. Chapter 10: 10:122-6.1).

Years ago, day care centers are merely a way in which a child could receive babysitting or supervision while a parent was at work. In more modern times, day care centers are now centers of learning and are required to provide children with planned educational activities. The day care center must develop and implement activities that are geared to the child’s age and development level. These regulations apply to both indoor and outdoor activities at the day care center. The staff member responsible for supervising these activities is required to maintain a written outline to be maintained on file at the day care center of the various activities provided for the children.

You can read more about these and other regulations at Chapter 122 – Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers – State of New Jersey Department of Human Resources.

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