Can the provider produce records of fire and health inspections and/or does it appear sanitary and safe?Is at least one staff member present at all times who is trained in CPR and First Aid? Is a First Aid kit available?Is the provider licensed? If so, is the license displayed?Is the enrollment limited to the number of children the facility is licensed to handle?Is there enough staff caring for the number of children present? Is staff near the children and able to give individual attention to a child when needed? Does staff make sure that children’s hands and faces are cleanAre furniture, toys, and other equipment that come into contact with the mouths of children washed and sanitized immediately?
Licensing info for home visitors to know. PSA Mary Ann Jacob
Small group activity: We want your thoughts on how this information about child care impacts your work with your families.The walk about impressionsWhat are your suggestions to get the message out to all families.
Quality Child Care: What you need to know
South Carolina wants the best for its children – and that meansensuring safe, nurturing environments in which they can thrive. Quality Child Care: What You Need to Know
SC Quality Child CarePublic Awareness CampaignWhy is it so important?Video testimony from two Focus Groupparticipants: James and Tara
What comes to your mind?Here are some important questions you should ask:Think SafetyThink LicenseThink SupervisionThink Cleanliness
Purpose of Licensing Toensure a safe and healthy environment for children. Toimprove the quality of child care through regulations. To ensure licensing requirements are met. Toprevent the continued operation of substandard facilities.
Laws and Regulations ChildCare Laws and Regulations are available at http://childcare.sc.gov. Click on “Laws, Regulations and Policies.”
The LawChild care providers must be licensed, approvedor registered if they: Carefor children from more than 1 unrelated family. Operate more than 4 hours per day. Operate more than 2 days per week.
Types of Child Care ProvidersChild Care Centers 13 or more children. Publicly funded centers have Approvals instead of Licenses. Regulations are the same for Approvals and Licenses. Faith-Based centers must be Registered with an option to be Licensed. Regulations are slightly different for Registration and License. License/Approval/Registration expires 2 years from issue date.
Types of Child Care ProvidersGroup Child Care Homes 7 to 12 children. When attendance reaches 9 or there are more than 3 infants, an additional caregiver is required. Must be in the home of the person providing care. A License expires 2 years from the issue date.
Types of Child Care ProvidersLicensed Family Child Care Homes Up to 5 children at any given time within the home of the child care provider. Applicants must have written approval from their local Zoning Board. License expires 2 years from issue date. Requires inspections.
Types of Child Care ProvidersRegistered Family Child Care Homes Up to 6 children at any given time within the home of the child care provider. Applicants must have written approval from their local Zoning Board. Registration expires 1 year from issue date. Paper registration process.
Types of Child Care ProvidersLicense Exempt Child Care Providers Care for children from only unrelated family. Operate less than 4 hours per day. OR Operate less than two days per week. Examples: Family, Friend and Neighbor Providers, Self-Arranged Care Providers, Mothers Morning Out Programs.
Inspections Centers, Group Homes, and Licensed Family Homes are inspected at least twice each year. Also required to have fire and health inspections. Registered Family Homes are only inspected if a complaint is filed against them. Exempt providers are not inspected by Child Care Licensing.
Some Key Regulations Licensed/Approved/Registered providers must meet specified adult-to-child ratios. Children must be under the supervision of a qualified caregiver at all times. Staff must have clear SLED, FBI, and Central Registry background checks. Staff must meet specified education, age and experience requirements. Staff must meet annual training requirements.
How Do I Know a Provider is Licensed? TheLicense, Approval, or Registration should be displayed in the facility. They are listed on our website at http://childcare.sc.gov. Click “Search Child Care Providers.”
Illegally Operating Providers Providers who meet the requirement to be licensed, approved or registered but are not. Call your Regional Licensing Office to report them: Region I (Greenville): (864) 250-5576 or toll-free (800) 637-8550 Region II (Columbia): (803) 898-9001 or toll-free (888) 202-1469 Region III (Charleston): (843) 953-9780 or toll-free (800) 260-0211 Region IV (Florence): (843) 661-6623 or toll-free (800) 464-9138 A complaint against a provider who is violating Child Care Laws or Regulations can also be made by calling your Regional Office.
Incident ReportingWhat should be reported to Child Care Licensing IMMEDIATELY? Child missing from the premises or left in a vehicle A death at the facility Major structural damage Natural or Man Made Disasters Charges or convictions of crimes against owner, director or any staff Reports of alleged child abuse involving the owner, director or any staff Incidents requiring fire or police services that affect the health and safety of the children.
Incident ReportingWhat should be reported within 48 hours? Injuries and accidents requiring professional medical treatment. Communicable diseases that DHEC requires to be reported in its Exclusion List such as measles, pinkeye, mumps, etc.Parents should be notified immediately
Contact Information Child Care Licensing 2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 217 Columbia, SC 29204 800-556-7445 803-898-9020Website: www.scchildcare.org or http://childcare.sc.gov
? Licensed / Registered ? The Building / Physical Site? The Staff ? Supervision ? Health & Safety ? Emergency Preparation? Meals / Snacks ? Daily Life ? Cleanliness
How does your work as a Home Visitor relate to our discussions today Provide 1 or 2 recommendations for how this information can be used?
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