Do home daycares have to be licenced?

Many people consider home daycares to be the best way to provide quality care for their children. But do all home daycares have to be licensed? Licensing requirements vary depending on the state/province you live in. Therefore, it’s important that before opening a home daycare, you check with your local government about any rules and regulations that may apply.

So, do home daycares have to be licensed?

It depends on where you live!

Not all states or provinces make you attain a licence to open a home daycare. Check out our resource page for more information.

What are some licensing requirements for home daycares?

The licensing process, responsibilities and obligations of childcare providers are different in each jurisdiction. But generally,

  • You must be 18 years old to receive a license to operate a daycare and have a criminal record check with no convictions listed.
  • In some jurisdictions, caregivers must complete training courses before obtaining their license; others may require ongoing professional development throughout their time as a home daycare provider.
  • Home daycare providers typically need CPR certification and first aid training.
  • Some jurisdictions require providers to get food sanitation certificates.
  • Medical clearance from a doctor

Licensed home daycares are required to meet stricter requirements than unlicensed daycare providers. In some jurisdictions, licensed home daycares are inspected regularly to ensure they are meeting the provincial/state standard of care.

Why bother getting licensed if it’s not required?

Depending on where you live, you may have access to extra resources and subsidies. For example, professional development, additional funding, including wage top-ups, and support from qualified consultants. You can also get help with the placement of children in your home daycare.


Home Daycare Licensing Questions To Ask

Here’s a list of questions you should find out regarding licensing for your local area.  

  1. What are the licensing requirements to open a home daycare in my province, state, or country?
  2. Does my province, state, or country have any requirements for opening a home daycare? (For both licensed and private)
  3. How many children can I care for at one time?
    1. Infant:
    2. Toddler
    3. Preschooler:
    4. School-age:
  4. Do I need any special training?
    1. First Aid/ CPR
    2. Food Safety/ Food Handlers Certificate
  5. Is a background check required?
    1. How much does it cost?
    2. How often will I need to renew my police clearance?
    3. Is a background check required for all adults living in the household?
  6. How much does licensing cost? Is it a yearly cost or a one-time fee?
  7. Are there any extra benefits/resources available to me if I become licensed?

Understanding that the licensing process and requirements can vary drastically based on your location is crucial. While some areas may not require a license, obtaining one can provide added benefits, such as access to additional resources, subsidies, and regular inspections that ensure you’re providing the best possible care. So, whether you’re just starting out or considering becoming licensed, do your homework! Check with your local government about any rules and regulations for your area. Remember, the ultimate goal is to create a safe, nurturing environment where children can learn, grow, and thrive!

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