Child Care Information For Providers
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a license? Anyone who cares for children needs to be licensed, unless:
- The children are related to the child care provider (limited to parent, grandparent, brother, sister, stepparent, stepsister, stepbrother, uncle, aunt, niece or nephew);
- The children are from one unrelated family; or
- The care is for less than 30 days in any 12 month period
Do I have to pay a fee to become licensed? KCFS charges a $100 background study fee, and a $50 initial licensing fee. These fees are due before any paperwork will be processed. Providers who choose to be open more than 18 hours per week during non-standard hour care (other than Monday – Friday, 6am – 6pm) are exempt from paying the fee.
Additionally, some providers will be required to have a fire marshal inspection. This fee is $50. Also, providers who have well water will need to pay to have their water tested annually. Licensed providers are also required to obtain certain health and safety equipment in their home (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kit, etc).
What are the training requirements?
- At all times, there must be someone in the home with current CPR/1st Aid Training
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Training is required before anyone cares for an infant – training needs to be repeated every other year
- Abusive Head Trauma Training is required before anyone cares for children under schoolage – training needs to be repeated every other year
- Child Passenger Restraint Training is required before transporting children age 9 and under – training needs to be repeated every 5 years
- Child Growth and Development and Behavior Guidance Training – 4 hours is required initially, 2 hours required annually. Trainings that meet Knowledge and Competency Framework I or IIc are accepted for this training
- Supervising for Safety Training – 6 hours required initially, 2 hours annually
- Health and Safety I and II – required every 5 years. May be a substitute for 2 hours of annual Supervising for Safety training
- 16 hours of training is required annually
Where can I obtain training?
- Many trainings can be located through Develop
- CPR/1st Aid Trainings may be found locally through hospitals or community education departments.
- Child Passenger Restraint Trainings may be found through Develop or the Department of Public Safety
- SUID/AHT videos are required to be viewed on the year that training is not completed.
Will I need to have a fence? The need for a fence will be determined by the licensor at your home visit. Most often, fences are required for water hazards, road hazards, railroads, and/or machinery hazards.
What documentation do I need for substitute and assistant caregivers? All caregivers will need a background study. There are additional requirements for training and health. Please refer to the Caregiver Requirements
>Rules and Regulations Family Child Care is governed by many Minnesota Statutes and Rules. These may be found on the Office of Revisor of Statues website. Family Child Care Rule 9502 Human Services Licensing Act Human Services Background Studies
>Forms for Licensed Providers
- Background Study – required for all persons age 13 and older living or working in the home
- Physician’s Report – required at initial licensing for license holders, and before any other caregiver works more than 30 days in a year
- Chemical Usage Policy – license holder is required to have a policy and train all employees
- Training Record – required for all caregivers
- Floor and Escape Plan
- Emergency Plan - required to be updated annually
- Monthly/Annual Crib Inspection Form
- Liability Insurance Notification to Parents/Guardians – required any time insurance renews, lapses, or changes
- Admission and Arrangements – required for each child in care
- Allergy Information - required for any child with allergies
- Immunization Record – required for each child in care
- Permission to Administer
- Directive for Infant Sleep Position
- Parental Consent for Swaddling
- Infant Rolling Over Statement
- Swimming Pool Letter to Parent
- Swimming Pool Fact Sheet and Consent
- Swimming Pool Permission
- Wading Pool Fact Sheet and Permission
- Capacity Variance Request
- Capacity Variance Enrollment
- Capacity Parent Notification
Health and Safety Resources