Before you begin operating in-home family child care, you must be certified and inspected by the Department of Public Health. You need to take a food safety class designed for home child care operators and have a food safety inspection in your home. Once you have passed your inspection, you will receive a License Eligibility Request (LER), which you must bring to the Department of Licenses and Inspections to get your in-home child care license.
Anyone who wants to open an in-home child care center must take the in-home food safety class and have their home inspected.
Any in-home child care provider must:
- Live in the home.
- Be zoned for an in-home child care.
- Have a commercial activity license.
- Have an in-home child care food safety certificate from Department of Public Health.
To take the in-home child care food safety class, call (215) 685-7495. Classes are offered once a month and certificates of completion cost $30. After you’ve completed the class and received your certificate, you can call to schedule the inspection of your home.
- Food handling practices.
- Water supply.
- Waste disposal.
- Presence of insects, rodents, or other vermin.
- Sanitation and condition of client care areas and equipment.
- Condition of toilet facilities.
- Presence/handling/disposal of any hazardous materials.