First Steps

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Step One

Attend an orientation with child care licensing and submit application. Some counties have orientations on a routine basis while others do them only as needed, sometimes one-on-one. Prospective providers will receive all of their paperwork and instructions at this meeting. The sooner you complete your paperwork and pay for licenses the quicker you can begin your new business!

Application forms from the Kansas Department of Health and Human Services website:

Please allow 30-90 days to receive your temporary license.

City of Wichita Only: Providers operating a child care business out of their home are required to obtain a Home Occupations License:

Step Two

Contact your local child care licensing department and fire marshal to schedule inspections of your facility. Many fire departments across the state will inspect daycare homes. If yours does, schedule an inspection time. After your inspection has been completed and approved by the fire department, fill out your Fire/Life Safety Agreement in its entirety and fill in the inspection date. If your local fire department is not able to inspect your home, fill out your Fire/Life Safety Agreement and leave the inspection date blank. Then turn the Fire/Life Safety Agreement in with the rest of your licensing materials. When your licensing materials are received by KDHE, the Fire/Life Safety Agreement will be forwarded to KSFMO and the inspection will be scheduled.

Step Three

Ensure you have the requirements in place. This includes health assessments, TB tests and training. Child Start holds many trainings to meet your needs!

Step Four

 Set up your environment and prepare for children. Child Start offers training on this topic, or you can contact one of our specialists for specific advice for you! In addition, Child Start houses a Resource Library full of toys, books and other kits to help temporarily supply your environment. For some great ideas check out this book (picture links to… Child Start receives a small donation with your purchase if you use these link):

Step Five

Advertise your business. Child Start’s Child Care Aware program receives thousands of calls and visits each year from parents seeking child care. This service is free to list and search. For more information visit the Child Care Referral page.

Step Six

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