The Legalities Of Daycare

by admin on December 21, 2008

If one is in search of what laws govern day care centers, then one need not look further. The common progression is that one’s small time baby-sitting service would be expanded into the next level, which is running a day care. This involves a whole new host of responsibilities when taking care of children that is not one’s own. States have differing laws on the business but the best way to go about it is having the facility duly certified by local authorities. Inspections would be done to see if the facilities and the care givers are within the minimum requirements of the law.

The first question sought would be how many children would be in the daycare. The availability of activity and rest areas would need to be made. When one receives the certificate of operation, it means that the facility has passed the rigorous requirements of the law. Also, having the employees of the facility trained and certified to give first aid or life saving techniques is crucial to the health and well-being of all concerned.

By reaching out to the Better Business Bureau of one’s locality, one can be better appraised as to the different agencies which require certifications in order to be allowed to operate as a day care facility. The Board would also advise one would be day care facility operator as to the lacking requirements and provide noteworthy information as to how to complete the requirements. The local Board would also provide one with the requirements for operation to be allowed under state supervision. These include actual measurements and materials which are allowed to be used in the facility.

Employees of the day care facility should also be provided with background checks to ascertain their fitness to be part of the complement in operating the facility. Without criminal records for all employees would be able to gain the trust of the parents and keep the children safe and within an environment which helps them develop into better people. Nutritionists are also hired to ensure that the facility feeds the children healthy and nourishing food. There are even guidelines as to the recommended daily allowances for certain types of food allowed near children.

As one can plainly see, opening a day care is not an easy task. One needs to learn about all the laws and guidelines to operate a facility for children. Before operation, one needs to pass the inspection of the facility to be certified to operate. But this is not yet through; one also has to conduct background checks on personnel. Due registration of all the personnel may also become a requirement for the business. Even the food in the daycare needs to be monitored. One may also need insurance to cover risks for the children and for one’s personnel. Equipment and play areas need to be within the legal requirements. A lot of work and one has not yet been in operation. But when one complies with all these, one would be able to run a day care facility smoothly and efficiently for a better and learned experience for the child.

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Lynn March 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

My question is when providing daycare or babysitting when are you required to become licensed? An example, if a person was to begin babysitting say four children 2 days a week am I required to be licensed in the state of TN?

admin March 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Hi Lynn – Good Question – I would refer you to check out our page on getting a Tennessee daycare license – it has a lot of great details and resources on licensing requirements – and if you need to become licensed or not.

Jeff Smith January 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Can 2 year olds be in the same room with 3 year old children?

Nicolette February 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

My question is when providing daycare or babysitting when are you required to become licensed? An example, if a person was to begin a preschool like setting say 5 children 5 days a week am I required to be licensed in the state of Ga?

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