How Do I Become A Licensed Childcare Provider?

Being a licensed childcare provider can be an exciting career that enables you to be your own boss while connecting with families. Indeed, if you love kids, working as a licensed childcare provider may not look like a career.


Licensed childcare providers follow foundational learning standards that vary depending on the state to ensure that children in licensed care are safe. Here are several steps that can guide you to kickstart your career as a childcare provider in your country.

Obtain a Minimum of a High School Diploma

In general, it is required that a licensed childcare provider has at least a high school diploma at the minimum. However,  those looking to become daycare owners ought to have a bachelor’s or associate degree.

Childcare service providers should also take advantage of the many childhood development and education programs available at the associate and bachelor’s levels. A management course can also provide insight into managing your own daycare service business.

Find Out your State Licensing Requirements

Licensing requirements vary according to your state, and as you become a licensed childcare services provider, you should research the specific requirements affecting you.

Managing childcare will require you to get a license regardless of your residence. But the process of obtaining the license could vary depending on the state. The type of license needed may also vary depending on the number of children your organization will host.

Most states have two options for in-home child care licensing depending on the number of children the facility will hold. A small license allows you to hold fewer children, while a large license allows you to accommodate more children.

Start the Application Process

Once you’ve understood the right procedures for obtaining a license for your childcare services in your state, it is time you begin the application process. You’ll need to be careful while filling out the paperwork as you do not want any small mistakes to get in your way of getting the license.

Common safety measures undertaken in the process include your fingerprints and those of any other adult living at the daycare facility, a background check, and a Tuberculosis test.

Whether or not you have a case worker, make a follow-up to determine how much longer your application will take and whether any additional steps are needed to complete your application on time.

As part of the application process, you may also pay a fee and attend an orientation session if you qualify.

Get Ready for a Home Inspection

A licensing analyst will inspect your home or business premises to ensure the environment is safe. To pass this inspection, you must ensure that your premises are childproof, maintain critical emergency equipment like alarms and fire extinguishers, and replace broken appliances.

If there is a swimming pool, you’ll need to fence it alongside other play areas.

Conduct any prior research if you don’t have a case worker to determine what the inspectors will be looking for and increase your chances of passing the inspection easily.

Create a Business Plan

After you have obtained your state licensure to run a childcare service business, the next thing will be developing a business plan to guide your operations. A business plan is vital to the success of your business as it gives you a sense of direction regarding how your business will run, including how you will market yourself and the future of your business.

Final Thoughts

Starting a childcare service provider career can seem overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through this process alone. You can partner with a case worker to guide you through obtaining a license and other requirements.