Daycare License Requirements for Florida

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 and must complete the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services approved introductory training course.


    Provider / Child Ratio

    Ratio For Daycare Centers
    Age of Children Child: Staff Ratio Max Group Size
    6 weeks4:1Not regulated (NR)
    9 months4:1NR
    18 months6:1NR
    27 months11:1NR
    3 years15:1NR
    4 years20:1NR
    5 years25:1NR
    6 years25:1NR
    7 years25:1NR
    8-9 years25:1NR
    10 years and older25:1NR
    Age Range Ratio For Small Family Child Care
    Total Number of Children Allowed:2-10
    Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:10:1 If 5 preschool with 2 under 1-yr

    6:1 Preschool if none under 1-yr

    6:1 With 3 under 1-yr

    4:1 If all under 1-yr Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes; If under age 13 Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:4:1 Under 1-yr


    Age Range Ratio For Large Family Child Care
    Total Number of Children Allowed:Up to 12
    Ratio of Children to One Provider:8:2 If all children are birth to 24-mos

    12:2 If no more than 4 are under 24-mos Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes; If under age 13


    Department of Children and Families

    Child Care Regulation Office

    1317 Winewood Blvd. Building 6

    Room 389A

    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700

    Phone: 850-488-4900

    Fax: 850-488-9584

    Web site:

    Licensing information

    Laws pertaining to child care

    Regulations on family daycare or large family child care homes

    Regulations on child care centers

    Florida Child Care Associations:

    Florida Association for Child Care Management – FACCM

    Florida Family Child Care Home Association – FFCCHA

    Florida Association for the Education of Young Children – FLAEYC


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