Before becoming licensed I attended a meeting in which several currently licensed providers spoke to us about their profession. In Hennepin County You must attend an Orientation Meeting in order to get an application for child care licensing. (Applications are not mailed out.) This is also where I obtained my copy of the licensing rules. The rules are 29 pages long. They go into great detail regarding every aspect of caring for children. I was also given an application packet, and additional information about insurance, food program sponsors, and vendors. For more information regarding the orientation meeting click here.
After reviewing my application several weeks later, a home visit was scheduled. My licensing worker walked through my entire home, made notes of the areas that needed to be improved, changed or rearranged. Every room in which the children would be had to be childproofed. If children were not allowed into the room it had to be locked. Plants had to be moved if they were toxic. Cleaners had to be moved as well. Gates were installed on stairways. Everything was inspected. The fire department also did a walk through.
The license is good for two years, and then it's up for renewal. A brief application, and a somewhat lengthy questionnaire needs to be filled in. Another walk through is scheduled, a short interview, then on with your day. Nothing too painful.
There are several License Types for a provider to choose from. Find the one that matches the services you plan to provide.
The State of Minnesota requires someone to have a family child care license if
People who want to provide child care in Minnesota must have a License from the Department of Human Services. It is a misdemeanor to provide child care without a License. Under Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.03, subdivision 2, there are two exceptions to this:
1. You may care for your relativesí children (includes grandchildren, nieces, nephews,....
2. You may provide unlicensed child care for a cumulative total of less than 30 days in any 12 month period.
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Before going into the description of each different license type first you will need to know of the age categories for each child. The license holder's children under age 11 must be counted in the total number of children on the license. These age categories are determined by Hennepin County.
Specialized Infant/Toddler care considers a toddler to be 12 to 30 months
Six to nine hours of training in child-related first aid and CPR which must be completed within one year or prior to one year of the date of initial licensure.
Six hours of training in child development/care which must be completed within one year or prior to one year of the date of initial licensure.
Providers are required to complete six hours of training per year, after the initial year of receiving their license.
Complete requirements are detailed in the Hennepin County Rule 2: Training
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