A Group Day Care Home is “a family home which receives more than 3 up to 16 children for less than 24 hours per day.” Illinois administrative code Part 408 (Licensing Standards for Group Day Care Homes), sets out the standards for licensure as a day care home and describes how to apply for a license. A group day care home license is valid for three years and must be displayed in the home at all times. This license will tell you the caregiver’s name, how many children can be cared for in the home, what areas of the home can be used for child care, and whether night care can be provided.
The caregiver must be at least 21 years old. Only persons 18 years of age or old can transport children. A full-time assistant must be at least 18 years old. Any assistants under 18 years of age, must be directly and personally supervised by the caregiver at all times. Part-time assistants must be at least 14 years old and 5 years older than the oldest child they supervise. There may be a substitute caregiver (over the age of 21) for up to 25 hours per month and for an additional two weeks in a 12-month period.