A Group Child Care program provides child care to 3 or more children under the age of 6 years of age for 5 or more hours per week, for more than 30 days in a 12-month period, primarily operating in a non-residential space.
Group Child Care applicants are required to provide information on specific levels of supervision, such as the Educational Director, Group Teacher and Assistant Teachers, and proof of their qualifications, certificates and trainings. Group Child Care programs are required to retain on-site files containing staff and child information, including medical reports.
The program will be inspected by an Early Childhood Education Consultant (ECEC) and Public Health Sanitarian (PHS) at least once a year. The Group Child Care program must submit a renewal application with supporting documents in order to remain in compliance with the permit.
This information encompasses health and safety related aspects of the regulatory requirements of a group child care permit. Users should be aware that reading the documents included here will be necessary to properly understand the various provisions of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulations. For those programs that have funding from the NYC Department of Education and the Administration of Children's Services, there may be additional requirements.
The Group Child Care permit, once granted, is issued for a two-year period. The permit is non-transferable. A permit will contain:
- Permit Number
- Issue date
- Expiration Date
- Name of Program
- Address of Program
- Permit capacity
- Floors and classrooms
- Ages of children