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Setting up a daycare in your home

Whether you have children you want to stay home with, your children are grown, or you are simply looking for a new career opportunity because you have a love of children, if you have a home, then an in-home daycare may be the right fit for you. Being able to stay in your home while still bringing in an income can be a very successful endeavor; but, you must remember that you are not only nurturing the children in your home, you are also running a business. Regulations that govern the set-up and daily operations of an in-home daycare vary by state. Setting up and running a home daycare in Texas requires you meet specific licensing requirements and follow the Texas rules and regulations.

Specific regulations govern the type of training you must have, the number of children in your care, and the type of records that must be kept on file, among other things.

Training Hours

One of the requirements in Texas for registered and licensed home child care is that directors of a child care need 20 hours of professional development training, annually to gain and maintain a child care license. You must also have CPR training. Anyone you employ as a child care provider must be at least 18 years of age and have 15 professional development training hours, annually. An additional 2 hours of training in transportation safety is required of any director or child care provider planning to transport children. You can attain these hours through Extension online courses. Extension online provides convenient, affordable, self-paced online classes for child care that you can take at your convenience. You can attain a verifiable certificate at the end of each course for your records.

Note that at least six clock hours of annual training must be in one or more of the following topics:

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The remaining clock hours of annual training must be in one or more of the following topics:

If the home provider cares for a child younger than 24 months, one hour of annual training must cover the following topics:

See Extension Online for courses that meet these requirements.

Records Filed

Records must be kept on each child in attendance and should be made available to parents at their request. Records must include immunization records, feeding instructions, and any instructions for administering medication.

Other public records should be kept for anyone who would like to see them, such as the approval of safety from the fire marshal, record and posting of evacuation plans, daily food menus, etc. Of course, business and personnel records should also be kept.

It is always a good idea to go over records with the child's parent(s) at periodic intervals to be sure everything is up-to-date and to give you time to discuss how the child is doing and any problems or successes you would like to share.

Home child care providers may have a maximum of 12 children in their care. The specific number you may have is based on the ages of the children in your care, as outlined in the table below:

Number of Children One Caregiver May Care for in a Registered Child-Care Home*

Number of children birth through 17 months old

Number of children 18 months and older

Number of children five years old and older after school hours

Maximum number of children allowed in the child-care home at any one time, including children related to the caregiver

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