Large Family Child Care Home

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Child Care Standards

65C-20.013(5), Florida Administrative Code

Large Family Child Care Home Operator

Must complete:

  1. 30-clock-hour Family Child Care Home Training, prior to licensure (below)
  2. Staff Credential (excluding Employment History Recognition), 1 year prior to licensure
  3. 5-clock-hour (or .5 Continue Education Units) Early Literacy and Language Development, prior to licensure
  4. 10-clock-hour Part II module, within 6 months of licensure (below)
  5. First Aid Training, prior to licensure
  6. Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)*, prior to licensure
  7. 10-clock-hours of Annual In-service training during licensure year

Large Family Child Care Home Employee

Must complete:

  1. 30-clock-hour Family Child Care Home Training, begin within 90 days of employment and complete within one (1) year from the date which training began
  2. 5-clock-hour (or .5 Continue Education Units) Early Literacy and Language Development within 12 months of employment
  3. 10-clock-hours ofAnnual In-service training during licensure year

Substitutes
Substitute for Operator

Complete all of the following prior to caring for children:

  1. 30-clock-hour Family Child Care Home Training (below)
  2. 5-clock-hour (or .5 Continue Education Units) Early Literacy and Language Development
  3. First Aid Training
  4. Infant and Child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)*

*Online CPR courses are not acceptable.

Substitute who works LESS THAN 40 Hours per Month

Complete all of the following prior to caring for children:

  1. 6-clock-hour Family Child Care Rules and Regulations or 3-clock-hour Fundamentals of Family Child Care

Substitute who works MORE THAN 40 Hours per Month

Complete all of the following prior to caring for children:

  1. 30-clock-hour Family Child Care Home Training (below)
  2. 5-clock-hour (or .5 Continue Education Units) Early Literacy and Language Development

Family Child Care Home Training

Family child care home personnel are required to complete the following 30-clock-hours which are divided into five training courses:

  1. Family Child Care Home Rules and Regulations
  2. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  3. Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  4. Child Growth and Development
  5. Behavioral Observation and Screening

Prior to curriculum redesign, this requirement was satisfied by the 30 hour Family Child Care Training Certificate.

Part II Modules (only required for operator)

Operator of large family child care homes are required to complete 10 hours in training, any of the following may be used to satisfy the requirement:

  1. Infant and Toddler Appropriate Practices (10 hours)**
  2. Pre-School Appropriate Practices (10 hours)**
  3. School-Age Appropriate Practices (10 hours)**
  4. Special Needs Appropriate Practices (10 hours)
  5. Early Literacy for Children Age Birth to Three (5 hours - online)
  6. Basic Guidance and Discipline (5 hours - online)
  7. Early Childhood Computer Learning Centers (5 hours - online), or
  8. Emergent Literacy for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Instructors (5 hours - online).

**New Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) curriculum was released July 2013.  Individuals who have completed the old DAP courses to meet Part II training requirements do not have to retake the courses, and their existing certificates will remain on their child care training transcript. However, they may choose to take the new courses to earn CEUs or in-service credit only.

Training Exemptions

View the requirements for training exemptions.

Completion of Child Care Training

Child care professionals who completed any of the department's training courses that ended on or before December 31, 2003 received a certificate based on attendance. All child care professionals participating in any of the department's training courses that end on or after January 1, 2004 are required to pass a competency examination before they will be credited with successful completion of the course. As of June 30, the 3-clock-hour Fundamentals of Family Child Care course is no longer available. To satisfy the licensing requirement for substitutes working less than 40 hours per month on average an individual must have either a 6-clock-hour Family Child Care Homes Rules and Regulations certificate or a 3-clock-hour Fundamentals of Family Child Care Home certificate.

Documentation of Course Completion

Successful completion of training is documented on the Department of Children and Families Child Care Training Transcript. Individuals may obtain a copy of their Child Care Training Transcript by selecting "CCTA Training Portal" located on the left-hand menu. A copy of the Child Care Training Transcript must be maintained in the personnel file.

For more information, please contact:
The Background Screening and Child Care Training Information Center opened on September 3rd as an expanded version of the original call center.  Call toll-free (888) 352-2842.

Quality training of child care facility personnel is an essential component of successful child care programs. This publication is designed to help individuals understand the state mandated child care training requirements as outlined in section 65C-22.003, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) and section 402.305(2), Florida Statutes (F.S.). Training materials prepared by the Department of Children and Families are not proprietary.