Important Childcare Licensing & Registration Information
The original licensing law, which was passed in 1919, placed the licensing authority with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Department administers the licensing law as a preventive program to assure that out-of-home care for children and maternity parents will not be expletive, unsafe, or unhealthy. Basically, the main purpose of the law is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of children receiving care away from their parents and home. It is also a consumer protection law assuring parents that the care they are paying for meets minimum standards of good care.
Licensure or registration (depending on the number of children in care) is required regardless of the motivation for providing care, and whether or not there is advertisement of or payment for services. The essential fact is that a child or children are receiving care away from their own home.
Registration or licensing is not required when care is provided in the child’s home, if children are cared for in the home of a relative, or if not more than two children are in care not more than 20 hours a week total time. Total is determined by adding the time each child is cared for weekly.
Registration or licensing is not required for irregular care arranged between friends and neighbors on an exchange basis.
do I find a good child care provider?
The Resource and Referral Agency for Meade County:
CHILD CARE CONNECTION RESOURCE & REFERRAL AGENCY
If you are a family needing child care call:
Parents interested in finding out about Child Care Providers in their area can go to Child Care Aware. You can see past surveys of child care providers at the KDHE child care licensing page.
For Child Care Providers to receive services and resources call:
Toll Free: 866-550-1510 or 620-275-1510
Tips for looking for a child care provider:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A DAYCARE PROVIDER?
All three communities, Fowler, Meade and Plains, in Meade County, always need more daycare providers. The majority of parents with young children work outside the home. On average, young children spend approximately 40 hours a week in someone’s care, other than their parents. The first five years of life have a powerful influence on children’s development. If you would like to have a positive effect on children’s cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical development you may want to consider becoming a daycare provider. If you would like more information check out this website and call KDHE Southwest District Office (620)682-7940
309 S. Webb St
The Meade County Health Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
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