Daycare License Requirements for South Carolina

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 18 years old and able to read and write. Must have a high school diploma or GED and at least 6 months experience as a caregiver in a licensed/approved facility and complete 6 hours of training in child growth and development/early childhood education within 6 months of hiring.

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
    1 – 2 years(1:6)
    2 – 3 years(1:10)
    3 – 4 years(1:13)
    4 – 5 years(1:18)
    5 – 6 years(1:21)
    6 – 12 years(1:23)
    Mixed age groupsas indicated


    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    All ages(1:6) [includes family members under age 12]


    Department of Social Services
    Division of Child Day Care Licensing and Regulatory Services
    2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 200
    Columbia, SC 29204
    Phone: 803-253-4049
    Fax: 803-252-1364
    Web site:

    Licensing child care centers

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    South Carolina Child Care Associations:

    South Carolina Association of Early Care and Education – SCAECA

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