Family Child Care Providers
Family child care home providers have an important role in protecting the health and safety of children. Watch these brief, informative videos to learn more about putting Licensing regulations and requirements into practice.
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- Is Family Child Care the Right Business for Me?Opening a family child care home is an important decision. Find out the key information to consider before submitting an application to Community Care Licensing.
- How to Apply for a Family Child Care LicenseThe application process for a family child care license includes several steps. Become familiar with licensing requirements, including the orientation and pre-licensing inspection.
- Child Care Licensing FeesOperators of family child care homes and child care centers are required to pay a one-time orientation fee, annual fees, relocation fees and capacity increase fees. Find out how to remain up to date with this licensing requirement.
- Understanding Licensed Care and License-Exempt CareIn California certain providers of child care are not legally required to be licensed. Learn the difference between licensed and license-exempt care.
- Record Keeping in Family Child CareAn important responsibility of family child care providers is the maintenance of records required by Community Care Licensing. Learn about the types of records that must be kept updated and available for review.
- Child Care Reporting RequirementsChild care licensees are responsible for submitting reports to Community Care Licensing, as well as other agencies. Become familiar with reporting requirements that apply to you.
- Community Care Licensing Inspection AuthorityCommunity Care Licensing conducts inspections of all licensed child care operations in the state. Know what to expect during an inspection in order to meet all health and safety requirements.
- What is a Civil Penalty?A civil penalty is a monetary fine assessed against a licensed facility for serious infractions. Understand the types of citations that lead to civil penalties – and how to prevent them.
- Background Check Requirements for CaregiversOperators of licensed child care facilities, as well as certain personnel, must submit to a background check and criminal record clearance before working at a child care site. Learn the steps for completing this requirement.
- How Many Children Can Attend a Family Child Care Home?Your license indicates the maximum number of children you can care for at any one time. Understand the specific number of children that can be cared for within each age group as defined in licensing requirements.
- Supervising Children in Family Child CareSupervising children is the primary task of licensed child care providers. Gain an understanding of the licensing requirements that pertain to appropriate supervision.
- Children’s Personal Rights in Child CareIncrease your understanding of the personal rights children have in child care facilities. Learn about the types of discipline that are not permitted, as well as the rights children have while in care.
- Your Rights as a Child Care LicenseeLicensed child care providers have specific rights in relation to Community Care Licensing. Knowing these rights can help build positive partnerships with Licensing representatives.
- Health and Safety TrainingOperators of licensed child care facilities must complete a minimum of 16 hours of preventive health care training. Learn more about the training topics required of child care personnel.
- Locks and Inaccessibility Requirements in Child CareMake certain that children cannot gain access to potentially dangerous products and equipment. Learn the difference between what must be inaccessible and what must be locked up in licensed facilities.
- Bodies of Water Requirements in Child CareLearn how bodies of water must be made inaccessible to children when not in use. In addition, become familiar with the supervision requirements that pertain to water play.
- Transporting ChildrenChild care staff can transport children in a vehicle, but must follow certain requirements in order to do so. Learn how to remain in compliance with transportation requirements.
- Disaster Planning and Fire SafetyPlanning and preparation for disasters is a requirement of all licensed child care facilities. Learn how to complete the Emergency Disaster Plan and prepare children and staff for emergencies.
- How to File a Complaint with Community Care LicensingFormal complaints help ensure that potential violations in facilities are investigated and corrected. Learn how to submit a complaint and whether one is needed.