Start a Daycare – Daycare License Requirements for Florida

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Your advice is very helpful, thank you. I didn’t know what to do but now you have given me a few ideas.

Molly

I really appreciate your help and website. I haven’t found ANY type of site on ANY topic or activity that offers as much help and information.

Thanks, Christina

Your starter kit has been a godsend for me. Again, thank you SO much for making these wonderful tools of the trade available to us “stay at home moms” wanting to delve into the world of home day care!!!!!!

Brenda

Thanks again, your info is really great, I am really enjoying it!!!!!

Kelli

Thank you for your time, your great ideas and your dedication! I look forward to telling everyone I know about your product and services. You take care and I will be doing business with you again in the near future.

Tai

GOOD MORNING, THANK YOU FOR THE DAYCARE PACKAGE YOU SENT ME. I LOVE IT!!! YOUR PACKAGE WAS SO INFORMATIVE AND MOTIVATING. I CAN’T WAIT TO START UP MY DAYCARE !!! I LOVE THE WAY YOU RUN YOUR DAYCARE. YOU HAVE REALLY HELPED ME AND AGAIN THANKS SO MUCH.

JEANINE COOPER

Thank you so much for this program!!!

DeDe

HELLO! Thank You very much…Everything looks great! I am so happy that you received the check as soon as you have and posted my web page rather quickly! Business has been at an all time low and I need all the promotion I can get! Thanks Again!

Sincerely, Maria Lemmo

We just wanted to thank you for all you have done for us. It is more than anyone has tried to do for us in so long. If ever in need of our help or anything we would be there for you in a heart beat. Our words will never be able to express the appreciation we have for all you have done, and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you

Sincerely Yours Alan & Jenniffer

The kit that you’ve put together is awesome! I would have never thought of some of this stuff.

Nicole

I was given the lead to this website from a parent that was looking for childcare. I was then able to turn her on to other providers. Congrats on what your doing and great website set-up. I will tell others.

Cheryl, Oregon

I just received the Daycare Organizer, Forms and Recordkeeping package. IT’S A GREAT SYSTEM. Now I want the Workbook too!

Wanda, New York

I love the information. Thanks!

Lorraine

Hello, I just received your Day Care Provider’s Workbook (from Amazon.com) and first of all want to thank you for a great resource!

Elysia Vancouver, WA

Thank you, these are great ideas I haven’t even thought about. I really appreciate your time to reply to me hopefully I to will be very busy with my childcare soon. Once again Thank You so much,

Tina

Thank you for helping me get organized. I never would have thought to manage my business this way.

Stacey, Montana

Thanks for all your great support.

Debra

I just received your day care starter kit and I’m so impressed. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me get started with a day care. I feel so much more confident with your help and all your forms!!!

Lisa F

Wow! I can’t believe all the information that is contained in the Daycare Starter Kit. I received twice as much information than I expected!! What a wonderful package you have put together.

Thank you for your help. You have answers.

Jill

By far your product is the most reasonably priced and most informative. Thanks again. I truly admire you for standing up and giving children the best care they deserve.

Sincerely, Jennifer

I JUST WANTED TO DROP YOU A NOTE AND TELL YOU HOW MUCH I ENJOY YOUR WEBSITE AS A HOME DAYCARE PROVIDER I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS FOR ANY NUMBER OF THINGS THAT CAN POP UP WHILE WATCHING CHILDREN. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

DEB, LINCOLN, IL

Hello, it was an honor to visit your website, it’s fantastic! Thank you so much for inspiring me.

Taryn

I want you to know I appreciate your help and enjoyed the Daycare Starter Kit, it has saved me a lot of time.

Lisa

Your website is very informative for parents and for day care providers. I found a lot of information while browsing your website. Thank you for the information, keep up the good work.

Joe

I just want to thank you for all your help and information. You have been a good avenue of information. Again, thank you.

Kate

Thank you so much for your informative website! This has helped me to organize my thoughts and plans for a day care at my home. I only ordered the Workbook, but I will be placing another order for the Starter Kit.

Thanks Again, Marcella

I heard about your website from a Message Board. Several providers had ordered your products and said they were wonderful. I can’t wait to get my Kit!

Sarah

Just a note to say thank you. I will absolutely refer your website and products to anyone I hear of, that is planning on starting a day care. The information you provide is excellent and extremely thorough. You certainly know your stuff.

Jennifer

Thanks for all the hard work that must go into being dedicated to something of this magnitude. It is totally appreciated. 🙂

What a beautiful book and well put together. I will be recommending your Daycare Starter Kit, to all of my members.

Sunshine Providers

I just wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed the Starter Kit I ordered from you and how helpful it has been this far. I recently attend the Pediatric CPR/First Aid and the Health & Safety course required by the state of Calif. to get licensed…while there I showed some of the other “beginners” as well as the instructor (who teaches in a preschool) the book….they were very impressed ….thanks again for the jump start.

Terri, California

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Lisa’s

I wanted to tell you how great your books are! I have been working in day care for 10 years now, and now started a day care at my home. I’ve been kinda winging it, doing ok, but now with your books, they have helped me greatly. Thanks for helping us poor souls that need help! 🙂

Linda, Oregon

I recently received my Daycare starter Kit. It has proven to be a wealth of knowledge. I have also referred your web site and products to a friend who lives in another city and is wanting to pursue the same career, I ‘m sure she will be as pleased as I have been with the quality service and information provided. Thank You!

Tammy, Florida

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Shellie

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Thank you! Cheryl

I am very impressed with all of the information. Keep up the wonderful work. And always remember what impact you have had and will have on the lives of so many of God’s children. Peace, Love and God’s Blessings,

Ebony in Atlanta

Thanks for all the great information!!!!!!

You are great! I have been searching for information on starting a day care. Your website and products are just what I needed. Thank you for providing this service!

Julia, Maine

Hello. I purchased your organizer a while back and I just love it!!!!!!! Thank you for all the info!!!!!!!!!!!! Just love it!!!!!!!!

Mary Glendale. Arizona

I received the Daycare Provider’s Workbook as a gift and I love it! I have been a Daycare Provider for 9 years and found it to be an excellent resource. My goal this year is get organized, so I am purchasing your other products as well.

Debbie

I am TOTALLY impressed by your thoroughness on your material. I was just reading your Daycare Ebook and I must say…You Go Girl!!! I will sit down with it tonight and read it from cover to cover. I think you have a winner here!

Diane, Texas

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What do I need to start a daycare?

15 Steps to Starting a Daycare Center

  1. Learn About Daycare Licensing Requirements. …
  2. Consider Taking Early Childhood Education Classes. …
  3. Create a Daycare Business Plan. …
  4. Find a Location for Your Daycare. …
  5. Get Insurance. …
  6. Seek Out Grants and Funding. …
  7. Prepare Your Daycare Center. …
  8. Draft up a Contract.

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What are the basic requirements to work in a daycare in the state of Florida?

Child Care Personnel ? Must complete 40 hours of department-approved training and pass a competency exam. Also must complete a minimum of 10 hours of in-service training. This does not apply to volunteers or those that work less than 40 hours, as long as they are supervised constantly by a licensed member.

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How many kids can you babysit without a license FL?

In Florida, the following form of child care must be licensed: ? Child care centers. Full- or part-time care in a nonresidential setting for more than five children. Family child care homes.

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Can I open a daycare in my house in Florida?

Under home daycare laws in Florida, you must be at least 18 and, running the daycare out of your own home, and there must be no homeowners association or zoning rules banning such a business

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Can you run an unlicensed daycare in Florida?

(1) The operation of a child care facility without a license, a family day care home without a license or registration, or a large family child care home without a license is prohibited.

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Who regulates daycares in Florida?

Currently, DCF child care licensing staff are responsible for the inspection and licensure of child care facilities and homes in 62 out of 67 counties in the State of Florida as well as registration of family day care homes in those counties which do not require licensure.

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How many kids can you babysit without a license OK?

Number of Children Allowed:

maximum total of 6 children; or ? A maximum of 6 preschool children if all are older than 12 months of age; or ? A maximum of 10 children if no more than 5 are preschool age and of those 5, no more than 2 are under 12 months of age.

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Do I need a license to babysit in my home in Florida?

About Family Child Care Home Registration

Currently, Florida law requires that anyone who provides child care in their home for more than one unrelated family must be either registered or licensed through the Department of Children and Families.

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Can you babysit your own child?

Just no. If you are the father or legal guardian of said child you are not babysitting. According to the current edition of the Merriam Webster dictionary, ?babysit? is a verb that means ?to take care of a child while the child’s parents are away.? Therefore, it is impossible to babysit your own child.

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How to Start a Daycare in Florida – Small Business – Chron.com

How to Start a Daycare in Florida Starting a daycare facility in Florida requires specific state licensing and inspections that may take up to 90 days to complete. If you are considering to start a daycare in Florida, be sure to allow plenty of time for the process. You’ll need to consider your ideal location, how many children or families you wish to serve, and how you will go about finding a quality workforce. Florida has a complex licensing system for daycares, but it also offers a counseling system designed to guide prospective owners through the process. What Type of Daycare Decide what type of daycare you want to run. While many of the same laws apply to in-home daycares and freestanding daycare facilities, the startup costs can be very different. Set Up a Budget Startup costs for a daycare in Florida include items that involve readying the physical location, like rent, renovations, playground equipment, furniture and security cameras. Other items that should be included in a startup budget include fees for starting utilities, licensing, inspections and insurance. You may also need to advertise for employees, and then pay to train them. Make a list of every possible startup expense and you’ll know how much money you’ll need to get started. Research Licensing Requirements Research the rules for your specific county and city regarding general business licensing and daycare specific licensing and occupancy requirements. Each city or county may have slightly different requirements, so it is important to contact the correct local office. If you are incorporating, start the process and choose a name for your daycare. When you have received all licenses, display copies in the appropriate areas of the daycare. Create a Business Plan A business plan gives you a clear picture of the potential profit your new daycare business is capable of pulling in. For this reason, most financing sources request a copy of the business plan with their loan applications. Make sure your plan includes your objectives, expected expenses, number of employees, and projected profits. Choose a Location Keep in mind the number of families or children you wish to serve, and the number of classrooms you plan on running. The ideal facility will have enough playground space as well. Current playground requirements for a daycare in Florida include 45 square feet of space per walking child or toddler. Infants do not currently require playground space. Government Counseling Requirements Complete Florida’s Licensure Survey form for daycares. Once you complete this form, you will be assigned a counselor who will guide you through the specific daycare requirements for Florida. Your counselor will supply you with teacher licensing information and forms, and help you work through the complex daycare facility system. You will have to complete the counseling and meet all requirements before your daycare can open. Interview and Hire Staff Recruit, interview and hire a director, teachers and support staff. Work with your licensing counselor to be sure that each new hire meets the licensing requirements for a Florida daycare. Purchase Daycare Supplies Purchase toys, playground items and classroom supplies and stock your classrooms. If you are caring for infants, purchase baby furniture and products for your infant area. Advertising Your Business Begin advertising for daycare clients about 60 days before your proposed opening. Offer an introductory special or incentive to sign up early. Website and Social Media Marketing Your advertising doesn’t have to stop at local newspaper announcements. You’ll also want to construct a website that shows parents exactly what they get when they enroll their children in your daycare. Social media accounts are best for keeping parents up-to-date on enrollment specials, holiday time off and any…

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A Guide to Starting a Daycare in Florida – Kid City USA

A Guide to Starting a Daycare in FloridaFinding childcare that is affordable and fits your families’ needs is increasingly harder to come by. There are gaps in both funding and access to daycare. This is making it hard for people to pay for and trust their daycare options. Working families need access to childcare, especially in a society that is independent, not interconnection-based. The need will never go away – as quality childcare is important for parents and for the child’s overall wellbeing and development. While starting a daycare in Florida may seem difficult, people wanting to start a daycare appreciate the neglect that exists in the current system. If you’re passionate about providing better quality daycare services for families in need, keep reading to discover what you need to start a daycare franchise. Laws and Regulations There are laws and regulations specific to Florida daycare that govern daycare franchise and home operations. It’s important to read and understand all of these laws before beginning your operation. They can be found here. The regulations go over licensing, handbooks and guides, statutes for childcare, facility classifications, and federal regulations. Licensing The department of children and families is responsible for the licensing procedures for childcare services. Florida child care facilities, specialized facilities for mildly ill children, large family care homes, and family day care homes fall under this jurisdiction. The main reason that licensing procedures exist is to ensure the health and safety of the children being cared for. Through regulations and regular communication, securing a license helps improve and maintain the quality of child care that is offered. Licensing operations routinely check on child care homes to make sure that requirements are being met. The purpose of this is to make sure that quality and standards are being maintained and to shut down any subpar operation. Sixty-two out of sixty-seven counties in Florida require licensure, while the other counties still require registration of daycare facilities. Definition of Child Care Facility What defines a child care operation as an official facility? Some examples of child care facilities are the following. Public and nonpublic schooling Summer camps with full-time residence Summer day camps Bible schools The technical definition for being a child care facility is any child care arrangement providing child care for more than five children who are unrelated to the person in charge. They collect a fee or payment for the child care provided. Applying for a License To make sure you are applying the correct way, it is best to contact the local office of the nearest child care licensing center near you. There is an application fee to pay, which will be determined by your local child care licensing office. Click here to download the application for obtaining a child care license. You will need to provide information in detail about the business and operating model of your daycare franchise. You may also need to provide additional documentation. A licensing counselor will review your application during its processing. Granted, there are no problems with the application, your facility will be inspected. You should prepare your daycare to meet all licensing qualifications for this inspection. If there is anything in missing order, you will be directed to make the necessary changes and have to reschedule another inspection. The…

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Daycare License Requirements for Florida

Start a Daycare – Daycare License Requirements for FloridaFree Report: How to Avoid the 7 Biggest Mistakes Most People Make When Starting a Daycare “Click Below to Learn More About My New Book!” ~Kris Your advice is very helpful, thank you. I didn’t know what to do but now you have given me a few ideas. Molly I really appreciate your help and website. I haven’t found ANY type of site on ANY topic or activity that offers as much help and information. Thanks, Christina Your starter kit has been a godsend for me. Again, thank you SO much for making these wonderful tools of the trade available to us “stay at home moms” wanting to delve into the world of home day care!!!!!! Brenda Thanks again, your info is really great, I am really enjoying it!!!!! Kelli Thank you for your time, your great ideas and your dedication! I look forward to telling everyone I know about your product and services. You take care and I will be doing business with you again in the near future. Tai GOOD MORNING, THANK YOU FOR THE DAYCARE PACKAGE YOU SENT ME. I LOVE IT!!! YOUR PACKAGE WAS SO INFORMATIVE AND MOTIVATING. I CAN’T WAIT TO START UP MY DAYCARE !!! I LOVE THE WAY YOU RUN YOUR DAYCARE. YOU HAVE REALLY HELPED ME AND AGAIN THANKS SO MUCH. JEANINE COOPER Thank you so much for this program!!! DeDe HELLO! Thank You very much…Everything looks great! I am so happy that you received the check as soon as you have and posted my web page rather quickly! Business has been at an all time low and I need all the promotion I can get! Thanks Again! Sincerely, Maria Lemmo We just wanted to thank you for all you have done for us. It is more than anyone has tried to do for us in so long. If ever in need of our help or anything we would be there for you in a heart beat. Our words will never be able to express the appreciation we have for all you have done, and for that we are eternally grateful. Thank you Sincerely Yours Alan & Jenniffer The kit that you’ve put together is awesome! I would have never thought of some of this stuff. Nicole I was given the lead to this website from a parent that was looking for childcare. I was then able to turn her on to other providers. Congrats on what your doing and great website set-up. I will tell others. Cheryl, Oregon I just received the Daycare Organizer, Forms and Recordkeeping package. IT’S A GREAT SYSTEM. Now I want the Workbook too! Wanda, New York I love the information. Thanks! Lorraine Hello, I just received your Day Care Provider’s Workbook (from Amazon.com) and first of all want to thank you for a great resource! Elysia Vancouver, WA Thank you, these are great ideas I haven’t even thought about. I really appreciate your time to reply to me hopefully I to will be very busy with my childcare soon. Once again Thank You so much, Tina Thank you for helping me get organized. I never would have thought to manage my business this way. Stacey, Montana Thanks for all your great support. Debra I just received your day care starter kit and I’m so impressed. I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me get started with a day care. I feel so much more confident with your help and all your forms!!! Lisa F Wow! I can’t believe all the information that is contained in the Daycare Starter Kit. I received twice as much information than I expected!! What a wonderful package you have put together. Thank you for your help. You have answers. Jill By far your product is the most reasonably priced and most informative. Thanks again. I truly admire you for standing up and giving children the best care they deserve. Sincerely, Jennifer I JUST WANTED TO DROP YOU A NOTE AND…

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Florida Daycare Licensing Requirements – Lawyer Friend

Florida Daycare Licensing Requirements As a parent, you want to ensure that the facility and individuals you entrust with your child’s safety fulfill their promises. While you may have a few daycare facilities in mind and know the essentials of what to look for, it is imperative that you also understand the licensing requirements for daycare facilities in Florida. These requirements are what protect children the most – and facilities that fail to meet these requirements will not have a valid license in the state. In addition, by understanding these requirements, you can also get a better idea of what you should look for in a potential daycare provider or facility. What requirements must daycare facilities meet for licensing in Florida? Daycare facilities have to meet certain worker qualifications, provider-to-child ratios, and training requirements in order to be licensed in Florida. However, in some situations—such as meeting the minimum state requirements for how many care workers should be present per child—there are other things to look for besides proper licensing. Worker Qualifications To be a licensed child care worker, an individual must be at least 21 years or older. Inquire about the ages of any care workers – including volunteers – to ensure that they are of legal age.  Provider and Child Ratios These are critical. While the state has their minimum requirements, you need to know how many care workers should be present per child – this ensures your child is adequately supervised and given the attention he or she deserves. The state requires a smaller ratio for younger children because they have more extensive needs – from diaper changes to regular feedings and the requirement of human contact. The state does not regulate maximum group sizes; but, as a parent, you do not want a facility that has an overabundance of children present at a single time, regardless of whether or not they are using the proper ratio of caregivers to children.Some ratios to keep in mind when you look for childcare facilities include: 6 Weeks – 4:1 9 Months – 4:1 18 Months – 6:1 27 Months – 11:1 3 Years – 15:1 4 Years – 20:1 5+ Years – 25:1 There are also requirements for the ratios for a smaller child care facility. If your child is staying at a residence rather than a commercial facility, they can only have a maximum of 10 children with no more than five being preschool age, including the provider’s own children if they are under the age of 13. Training Requirements To be licensed, there are specific training requirements as well, which include: Child Care Personnel – Must complete 40 hours of department-approved training and pass a competency exam. Also must complete a minimum of 10 hours of in-service training. This does not apply to volunteers or those that work less than 40 hours, as long as they are supervised constantly by a licensed member. Family Home Daycare – Must complete 30 hours of department-approved training and pass a competency exam. Must also complete a minimum of 10 hours of in-service training each year. Large Family Child Care – Must complete 40…

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