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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: http://www.myflorida.com/childcare/

Licensing information

http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/childcare/licensing.shtml

Laws pertaining to child care

https://training01-dcf.myflorida.gov/cclpolicy/RulesandStatutes/402.pdf

Regulations on family daycare or large family child care homes

https://training01-dcf.myflorida.gov/cclpolicy/RulesandStatutes/65C-20.pdf

Regulations on child care centers

https://training01-dcf.myflorida.gov/cclpolicy/RulesandStatutes/65C-22.pdf

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