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Daycare License Requirements for Nevada

Worker requirements

Must be at least 16 years old and have completed, or be currently enrolled in, an approved course in the development of children. Must complete a course of training in child care within 6 months of employment unless such a course was completed within the previous 12 months.


Provider / Child Ratio

Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care Maximum Group Size
6 weeks4:1Not regulated (NR)
9 months6:1NR
18 months8:1NR
27 months10:1NR
3 years13:1NR
4 years13:1NR
5 years13:1NR
6 years13:1NR
7 years13:1NR
8-9 years13:1NR
10 years and older13:1NR
* Ratios shown in table are calculated based on the maximum number of children allowed to one caregiver. Center classrooms with children over 2 years of age but under 3 years of age are required to have a child staff ratio of 10:1. Otherwise, the ratios in child care centers are based on the total number of children in care, not the age of the children. Requirements for children age 2 and older are as follows:

Total # of Children in Care Total # of Caregivers Required

For every additional 13 children above 93, one more caregiver is required.

Source: Center Child Care Licensing Regulations: Child Staff Ratios and Maximum Group Size Requirements (February 2003), NCCIC.


Age Range Ratio Small Family Child Care Homes
Total Number of Children Allowed:5-6; Plus 3 School-Age Children (SAC)
Maximum Number of Children to One Provider:9; If 3 SAC
Provider’s Own Children Counted:No
Maximum Number of Infants/Toddlers to One Provider:4; Under 2-yrs with no more than 2 under 1-yr


Age Range Ratio Large Family Child Care Homes
Total Number of Children Allowed:7-12; If 3 SAC (including provider’s own children if under age 10)
Ratio of Children to One Provider:6:1
Provider’s Own Children Counted:Yes; If under 10


Department of Human Resources
Division of Child and Family Services
Bureau of Services for Child Care
711 East 5th St.
Carson, NV 89701
Phone: 775-684-4463
Hotline: 800-992-0900 (not in Elko or Las Vegas)
Fax: 775-684-4464
Web site:


Licensing regulations

Nevada Child Care Associations:

Northern Nevada Child Care Association – NNCCA

Child Care Association o f Nevada

Clark County Child Care Association