The capacity specified on the license is the maximum number of
children for whom care can be provided.
Parents have many options when it comes to choosing child care, but some are not of aware that family child care is one of those options. Or, if they do know about family child care, they might have some misconceptions about what it actually is.
Family Child Care Providers are independent, self employed business people who have assumed one of society's most important responsibilities, that of caring for our youngest children. Young children thrive in a stable long term relationship with the same provider in the comfort of a home environment and in small groups where each child's needs can be best met. Family child care can allow parents flexibility in their work schedules such as early morning, night, or weekend care. Parents are able to work more productively when their children are safe and in good care.
Who Are Family Child Care Providers?
Family child care providers are small business owners who care for and educate small groups of children in their homes. They are licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the Department of Social Service. They must be certified in CPR and Pediatric First Aid and must undergo 15 hours of Health & Safety training. Many have more extensive Child Development training and education.
The great majority of families who use family child care are families who need safe, stable and high quality care for their children while they’re at work or in training programs preparing to enter the work force. Family child care providers typically work over 60 hours a week, many offering care during non traditional hours including early morning, late evenings, weekends and holidays.
A family child care provider can hold either a small license (6-8) or a large license (12-14). Over 80% are small license providers. They generally care for infants and toddlers, while the large licensees tend to offer programs that include school readiness curricula for 2.5 to 5 year olds. They also offer before and after school care, especially for children who were in their programs as infants and toddlers. This provides continuity for the children as well as peace of mind for the parents.
Large Family Child Care – License for 12
The maximum number of children for whom care may be provided, with an assistant present, in a large family child care licensed for 12, including children under age 10 who live in the licensee's home and/or the assistant’s children , is: Twelve children, no more than four of whom may be infants. Read More
Small Family Child Care – License for 6
The maximum number of children for whom care may be provided in a small family child care licensed for 6, including children under age 10 who live in the licensee's home, is:
Four infants; or Six children, no more than three of whom may be infants. Read More