Apply for a Family Child Care Home License

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Overview

If you want to care for children who are unrelated to you in your home, you will need to get a Family Child Care Home license.

Eligibility

  • No one in your household has pleased guilty, nolo contendere, or was found guilty of disqualifying offenses
  • Everyone in the household 13 and older must pass a background check
    • 18 and older includes a local law enforcement check, state criminal record check and and FBI check for national offenses
    • 13 - 17 includes a juvenile delinquent check
  • You must complete the following
    • a first aid class
    • an infant/CPR class
    • 30-hour Family Child Care course
  • Your home must have the following
    • a fenced outside area with a minimum of 500 square feet and a minimum of 4 foot high fence
    • sufficient toys and equipment for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and after-schoolers
    • clean, safe, and sanitary conditions, and in good repair
    • a satisfactory fire inspection
  • If your home has a pool, spa, or water hazards, they must be fenced, enclosed, and / or locked   with a 4 foot or taller barrier
  • If you have well water, you will need a Family Child Care Home well water permit from the Health Department
    • Call (813) 307-8019 extension 5982
    • Cost of an initial well water permit is $125, with $65 annual renewal fee, plus the cost of quarterly well water testing

Fees

  • Nonrefundable license pre-application fee: $25
  • Fees for background checks, first-aid, CPR and Family Child Care courses vary

 

How To

  1. Fill out and complete the Family Child Care Home Pre-Application
  2. Send it with the $25 non-refundable check to:
    Child Care Licensing Office
    3152 Clay Mangum Lane
    Tampa, FL 33618

What's Next

  1. We will contact you by mail to register you for the for the next available consultation class
  2. At this class, you will receive all the information you need to get a family child care home license
    • Classes are usually held one Tuesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Spanish consultation classes are available every other month, also on a Tuesday
  3. Once the background screening is complete, you can schedule an initial inspection
    • Potential licensees can contact the Senior Family Child Care Home Licensing Inspector at (813) 264-3925, ext. 53563 after 30-45 days to verify screening and schedule an appointment
  4. We will issue the license after the successful completion of the entire process
    • You should receive it within seven to 10 working days

Contact

Phone
(813) 264-3925

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