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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