Subchapter A. Minimum Standard Rule Revisions that May Affect Compliance

747.123 What do certain words and terms mean when used in this chapter?

This new rule includes content from repealed rule 747.105 What do certain words and terms mean when used in this subchapter? with revisions outlined in the table below. The terms listed in columns 2, 3 and 4 are included in this rule, while the terms in column 1 were moved from this rule to the only rule for which they apply and the terms in column 5 were deleted because they already exist in the rule for which they apply. Roll over or click on the terms to see how they are defined.

1. Moved from this rule

2. Moved to this rule

3. New

4. Modified

5. Deleted

baby bungee jumper



special care needs

child-care location

baby walker

clock hours


water activities

creative activities

caregiver-initiated activities

instructor-led training

permit is no longer valid


critical illness

child-initiated activities

self-instructional training

self-study training

Certified Child-Care Professional Credential

state or local sanitation official

single-use area


restrictive device


pre-service training


 high school equivalent


Child Development Associate Credential

alternate care program




janitorial duties

child passenger safety-seat system

Additional Information About Specific Terms

sanitize - This definition has been moved from repealed rule 747.3205 What does Licensing mean when it refers to "sanitizing"? and now includes content from repealed rule 747.3207 What is disinfecting solution?.


How does this affect my operation?

Your operation will now be required to meet the definition of "sanitize" for each minimum standard rule that specifies a requirement to "sanitize". Currently, there are approximately 7 rules with requirements to sanitize. For each of these rules, you must ensure you are sanitizing according to the new definition of "sanitize".


restrictive device - You will see this term referenced throughout the revised minimum standard rules. Additional information about restrictive devices can be accessed in the Technical Assistance Library by searching "restrictive device".


high school equivalent - This definition has been moved to this rule and outlines what is considered as high school equivalent.


How does my operation determine acceptable documentation for homeschooling that adequately addresses basic competencies?

Texas does not require specific documentation for completion of homeschooling that addresses basic competencies otherwise met by a high school diploma or GED certificate. This means that there is no specific completion certificate or other formal form of documentation for home school completion. Homeschooling in Texas requires study of reading, math, spelling, grammar and good citizenship. In addition, homeschoolers are required to use some form of written curriculum (online programs meet this requirement). While Texas law does not require home school graduates to provide proof of studies, most will have access to the curriculum they studied.

Technical Assistance: To meet the requirement of obtaining documentation of homeschooling that adequately addresses basic competencies, consider requiring the applicant to provide or sign a written statement that he or she has completed homeschooling that addressed reading, spelling, grammar, math and good citizenship. Keeping a similar signed statement along with any records of coursework in the person's employee file will ensure availability of necessary documentation required by minimum standard rules.


You are reviewing a caregiver application and notice that the applicant, Gabby, does not have a high school diploma or GED. Gabby states that she was home schooled and finished her studies last August.

Can you hire Gabby without specific documentation confirming completion of her home school studies?


What is the purpose of ensuring caregivers meet basic competencies?

Consider many of the instances for which a caregiver's ability to read, write and understand basic math are required to perform daily job requirements. Several examples are listed below.

• mixing formula

• keeping track of the number of children in his or her care at all times

• completing incident/illness reports

• reading manufacturer instructions

• reading minimum standard rules

• participating in and completing required training

• following daily schedules

Technical Assistance: Often, basic competencies like reading and writing can be evaluated by reviewing applications and resumes. You could also add math-based competency questions to your application.


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