According to The Day Care Resource Connection, contacting a state daycare licensing agency is the first step in setting up a home daycare. The state agency connects the potential care provider with local agencies and sends a packet containing fee requirements, applications and regulations. Some states do not require licensing if caring for five or less children, but registration is still required.
The Day Care Resource Connection mentions that various types of licensing may be necessary based on the age of the children and how many are being cared for. Some states do not require licensing regardless of age, but registration may be required. A daycare provider may also need to complete various training courses, including First Aid, CPR and Early Childhood Education classes. Background checks are required for not only the provider, but all daycare workers and each person in the household. A recent physical examination of the childcare provider must also be on record. Arrangement for a fire inspection must be made with the fire marshall, and there may need to be physical changes in the home to accommodate a friendly atmosphere for children.
SheKnows mentions that thinking of the age group is necessary when setting up a daycare. It is important to start with a small number of kids and to be realistic about how many kids the home is capable of housing. If a provider has an assistant, there is leeway for a higher number of children.