Do you need license for a childcare business at home?

@scheng1 (24795)
Singapore
March 31, 2013 2:59am CST
If you want to start a childcare business to take care of a few kids at home, do you need a license? How do you go about it? Is there a special requirements for the caretaker or home layout?
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
31 Mar 13
It depends on how many children you plan to take care of. Anyone can babysit for someone else and be compensated, but if you want to open a day care center you have to have a license. You will also need to have insurance.
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
1 Apr 13
Hi Canellita, over here, we cannot have childcare center at home. So most retirees or housewives take care of just one or two kids to bring in some money. They do not report income tax since the income is way below taxable income. I think it is a good idea for those in your place to get licensing, so that they can take care of other kids in addition to their own.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
4 Apr 13
Scheng, are you or someone you know thinking of taking care of a child in your home?
@honor00 (186)
31 Mar 13
I don't know the Singapore regulations, but here you need to be registered and approved - licenced. You need basic childcare training, your house must be safe eg all harmful stuff out of reach of small children, you need certification that proves you've never been accused or convicted of child abuse there must be no more than 5 children per adult carer, fewer if under 12 months. That's what I know I know childminders feel heavily regulated and inspected.
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
31 Mar 13
Hi Honor, that is a very reasonable requirement. i think those people with kids of their own can think about it seriously. Over here in Singapore, it is out of question for most of us, since we live in very small public apartment. Some people just take care of one or two kids in addition to their own, but that is about the limit.
@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
1 Apr 13
You got a kid already? Congratulations. It makes perfect sense to babysit for others as well if you can manage. Try to get some help from your parents or in-laws. It might just work out well. Before long, you might even start a nursery. There are some of these at the void decks nowadays, but I really wonder if it is worth the investment given the amount of pre-fab and renovation work needed.
• Jacksonville, Florida
31 Mar 13
I don't know about where you are but here if you want to keep more than 2 children Full Time you need to be licensed. I only do Childcare over the weekend so I don't have to be licensed. And if I do Full Time it will only be for one child which is allowed here. Here if I wanted to get Licensed, I would have to go to Department of social services. I would have to get some training in some things and they would have to check the house and make sure it is fit for children. They would also do background checks on my husband and I. Also here, if you do not own your home you cannot be licensed, which is why I have not gotten licensed yet...I don't own my house.
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
1 Apr 13
Hi, that is good for you. You can have some income while not subjecting to strict regulatory requirements. I think it is a good idea to get some training too, even if you are not keen to go into childcare full time, there is no harm in learning new things, and better ways of managing kids. Perhaps you can have licensing in mind when you look for your new house. No point getting too small a place.
@dagami (1162)
• Rome, Italy
31 Mar 13
hi, scheng1. i think all countries have regulations on this. there may be some differences about the requirements but i'm sure that you need a license, same as in starting any other business. the regulations should even be more strict considering that you are responsible with taking care of the lives of small children. aside from having training in child care and education, you would need a special training on first aid. for sure you will need some sort of a certification that you don't have a bad record for child abuse and other criminal offense. there may be requirements on the number of staff, depending on how many children you plan to accomodate. your place needs to be ample and child friendly. children are curious little people and they like opening drawers, inserting their fingers on electric sockets, etc. play safe and go to your local government's office to inquire on this.
@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
31 Mar 13
You need a license here in the U.S. but I don't know about where you live. Here, your home must pass inspection inside and out and you have to prove you can prepare and serve food while maintaining sanitary standards. I'm not sure what kind of training you need to have but there are a lot of home childcare businesses here that, once they are licensed, don't get inspected again for years unless there is a complaint. I wish you good fortune in your idea!
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
31 Mar 13
Hi Dragon54u, that sounds like a good arrangement. It helps the parents too, since they know that the child care arrangement has passed inspection. I think it is good for those with kids to take on a few other kids, and make some ready cash to buy whatever they want. Over here, most child care centers are big enough to accommodate many kids, and they help parents apply for government subsidies.
@emily7339 (1339)
• Malaysia
31 Mar 13
Hi scheng1, I used to see some mothers here taking care of others' kids without a license. They do it as a home based just like being a nanny. They do not give teachings like those in the kindergartens. Unless they want to open a professional child care centre then they would need to apply for permit for the building and license to care for the children. There are certain requirements to the building itself. And they also employ teachers who are qualified to teach and care for the children. Probably you have a different set of rules and regulation in Singapore.
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
31 Mar 13
Hi Emily, yes, we have some people who take care of just one kid at home, and they charge a few hundred dollars just for that. Our houses are too small to take in a few more kids, and nobody wants to do that. Parents who use nanny do not have subsidy from the government, but those who send the kids to child care centers will have subsidies.
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
31 Mar 13
I think in my country (Hungary) you have to, because in principle every salary of yours should be documented in the annual tax survey, and also, you can't start a business without a permit.
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
31 Mar 13
Hi Doroffee, I think it is the same as here. There are some people who take care of just one kid, and they do not need a permit for this. But if we are talking about a few kids, I think a business permit is needed, and when things go wrong, they need to pay for the injuries sustained by the kids too.
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
31 Mar 13
Hi, I think in our country childcare business doesn't need license. we can start this business with few children at home. But I think if it is on large scale it may require license.
@scheng1 (24795)
• Singapore
31 Mar 13
Hi Roshigo, that is good to heat. I think for those mothers with young children at home, they can take care of other children to bring in some income. it is good that the government does not have strict restriction, and that making money from home is possible. If the mothers are educated, I think they can provide group tuition service as well. This will make them more money.