Opening Your Day Care Step Two: Staffing and Qualifications

Aside from a business and marketing plan, your first step to becoming a licensed Type B in-home day care provider requires that you be at least 18 years of age, successful (verified) completion of a high school diploma or GED, have at least 6 months experience in caring for children or at least 30 hours of training, reside in the home where the care is being provided, and have not had a child removed from your home.

Additionally, the provider, all household adults (age 18 and older) residing in your home and your emergency/substitute caregiver(s) must pass local, BCI, FBI, and Children’s Services screenings/background checks. (this will be explained in-depth in the next step), a medical statement stating you are in good physical, mental and emotional health from a physician or nurse verifying that the applicant is able to provide child care, as well as the completion of initial and on-going training.

Verification of current certification in CPR (including infant & child) and First Aid (including pediatric) is required for the provider and your emergency/substitute caregiver(s). This certification must remain current at all times. Additionally, the provider and your emergency/substitute caregiver(s) must complete: 

    •     Health & Safety in Family Child Care training (8 hours, must be completed by both the provider and your emergency/substitute caregiver(s));
    •     Prevention, Recognition & Management of Communicable Disease (initial 6 hours training, required for the provider);
    •     Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention (initial 6 hours training, required for the provider);
    •     6 hours of ongoing training annually to maintain licensure;
    •     Attend the Rules Training session and Billing Training session at FCDJFS.

Information on these training sessions and other questions can be found by contacting FCDJFS at (614) 233-2000 or by visiting their website.

Further, you must pass a home inspection, with at least one inspection prior to the initial issuance of a provisional license and at least three inspections during the provisional period, including at least two unannounced inspections.

Last, you must have a working, land-line telephone at all times.

Continue to Step Three: Conducting Background Checks