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Parents  >  Checklists  >  Family Child Care Home Checklist

Family Child Care Home Checklist

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Name of Program

  General Atmosphere/Safety

 

 

House/Apt is safe and well maintained

Yes

No

Setting is bright and cheerful

Yes

No

Toys are safe and appropriate for the ages of the children

Yes

No

Window guards on 2nd floor windows

Yes

No

There is good light and ventilation

Yes

No

There are smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers & a first aid kit in the home

Yes

No

Medicines/household products & firearms are locked away

Yes

No

If there is a pool, it conforms to safety regulations

Yes

No

 

  The Provider

 

 

Interacts with children 

Yes

No

Seems to enjoy the children

Yes

No

Responds quickly to children's needs

Yes

No

Shows patience & a sense of humor with children

Yes

No

Respectful of children, uses appropriate discipline

Yes

No

Has completed required Health & Safety training

Yes

No

MAT (Medication Administration Training) Certified: Trained to give both prescription and over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Robitussin, etc.

Yes

No

Sets age appropriate Health & Safety standards

Yes

No

*High School or College Education

Yes 

No

*Early Childhood Education experience or degree

Yes

No

*National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accredited

Yes

No

*These are not required, but may indicate a higher quality of care.

 

 

 

  The Program

 

 

There is a balanced daily schedule

Yes

No

Children play outdoors each day

Yes

No

There is a clear schedule for meals, naps & playtime

Yes

No

TV time is limited to educational programming

Yes

No

 

  Parent Involvement

 

 

Parents are welcome to spend time in the home

Yes

No

Parents are welcome to drop by unannounced

Yes

No

Parents meet with the caregiver on a regular basis

Yes

No

 

  Business Policies

 

 

Current license or registration is displayed, with the exception of exempt providers

Yes

No

Fees are affordable

Yes

No

Hours are suitable

Yes

No

Provider has a business contract

Yes

No

Clear policies regarding transportation, vacation, sick care & emergency care

Yes

No

Provider has a disaster plan and supplies, and holds regular fire drills

Yes

No

 
NYS Regulations for Family and Group Family Child Care Providers

Receive home inspections a minimum of once a year

Required to take 30 hours of training classes every two years

Required to be certified in First Aid and CPR

Fingerprinted and criminal background checks done on providers and all people 18 years or older living in the home

 

Types of Family Child Care

Informal Exempt/Legal Two
No more than 2 children in addition to caregiver’s own children

No more than 2 children under the age of 2, including the caregiver’s own children

 

Family Child Care (NYS Registered)

6 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, AND may care for an additional 2 school-aged children with approval

There must be one caregiver for every two children under the age of two, including the provider’s own children

 

Group Family Care (NYS Group Licensed)

Caregiver must have an assistant

12 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, AND may care for an additional 4 school-aged children with approval

There must be one caregiver for every two children under the age of two, including the provider’s own children

 

Helpful Websites:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services lists all the regulations for Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers

Safety Seat explains the correct use of car seats

 

Protecting children is everyone’s job.  If you have a concern about a child care program,

call the Long Island Regional Office of Children and Family Services at 631-240-2560


 

Parents should be welcome to drop in unannounced and spend time in the home