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TITLE 26HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PART 1HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 746MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR CHILD-CARE CENTERS
SUBCHAPTER IBASIC CARE REQUIREMENTS FOR TODDLERS
RULE §746.2507What activities must I provide for toddlers?

Activities for toddlers must include at least the following:

  (1) Daily morning and afternoon opportunities for outdoor play when weather permits;

  (2) Opportunities for thinking skills and sensory development. Examples of age-appropriate equipment or activities include shape/item sorting toys, stacking or nesting toys, puzzles with less than six pieces, washable board books, washable blocks, and snapping and take-apart toys;

  (3) Opportunities for small-muscle development. Examples of age-appropriate equipment or activities include large-size washable crayons and markers, variety of paper and art materials, table or easel for art, large paintbrushes, non-toxic play-dough, large-sized washable toy transportation vehicles, toy animals, and toy people;

  (4) Opportunities for large-muscle development. Examples of age-appropriate equipment or activities include low-climbing structures, small riding toys, toys for pushing or pulling, a variety of light-weight balls for indoor and outdoor play, and rhythm instruments;

  (5) Opportunities for active play both indoors and outdoors. Examples of age-appropriate equipment or activities include music, songs, simple games and dramatic or imaginary play that encourage movement such as dancing, running, climbing, stretching, walking and marching;

  (6) Opportunities for language development. Examples of age-appropriate equipment or activities include washable soft animals or puppets, simple picture books, and pictures of familiar items and places;

  (7) Opportunities for social/emotional development. Examples of age-appropriate equipment or activities include dress-up clothes and accessories, housekeeping equipment, unbreakable mirrors, washable dolls with accessories, items for practicing buttoning, zipping, lacing, and snapping, and baskets, tubs, and tote bags (not plastic bags) for carrying and toting; and

  (8) Opportunities to develop self-help skills such as toileting, hand washing, and feeding.


Source Note: The provisions of this §746.2507 adopted to be effective September 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 1402; amended to be effective December 1, 2010, 35 TexReg 10238; amended to be effective April 15, 2017, 42 TexReg 1575; transferred effective March 9, 2018, as published in the Texas Register February 16, 2018, 43 TexReg 909

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