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Do you have to be a licensed daycare provider to babysit in Maryland?

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Maryland state law allows babysitters to operate without a license. However, individuals who operate family care homes must obtain a certificate of registration. Whether an individual is a sitter or a family care provider depends primarily on where the care takes place.

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Maryland law classifies individuals who supervise children in the children's homes as babysitters. Family child care providers, on the other hand, are defined as individuals who watch one or more children who are unrelated to them, in a location other than the children's homes.

The Code of Maryland Regulations manages child care within the state and helps to ensure that family child care providers and other care providers provide safe, healthy environments for the children they supervise.

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