Arizona Child Care Center Compliance: Expectation Versus Reality

 

The state of Arizona defines a child care center as a place where five (5) or more children receive care in exchange for compensation. Managing permits, licenses and certifications for your daycare, preschool, or child care center staff? Keep realistic expectations, and you will find the process a lot simpler.

Expectation: Child Care Permits Are Easy To Get

The reality is, Arizona has many permit and license requirements, all of which are very seriously honored . According to Child Care Aware, your facility and your child care staff could need most or all of the following permits:

You must also provide a schedule for approval that includes supplies, meal planning, and activities. Gathering all your licenses and going through the entire inspection and approval process can take up to 90 days.

Expectation: Applicants Are Fully Trained And Ready For Hire

Due to the comprehensive nature of certifications needed, even formally educated applicants with relevant degrees such as the A.C., C.D.A., C.C.P. or C.P.C. may still not have all the necessary permits. Hiring facilities require daycare workers to have:

Certifications such as those above must be obtained from official providers only. The reality is, you will likely run into educated and experienced applicants who still lack all of the state-mandated permits.

An easy solution: Gather information on what permits are needed and which providers you can use to get those permits, then put it in a packet with relevant website and contact information. Whether or not a future staff member thinks they have everything, hand it to applicants just to make sure. You can even sign your business up with a permit provider and get a special link to give to your employees, or pre-pay for them to get certifications.

Expectation: Your Staff Will Make Sure Their Licenses Stay Current

Continuing education is an important part of every job, yet with so many permit, license, certification and education requirements, keeping current can slip through the cracks. Considering the everyday demands of daycare and child care workers, letting a license expire doesn't a bad employee make- but it does make your daycare center non-compliant.

How can you make sure this doesn't happen? Wherever possible, find a way you can independently monitor an employee's or applicant’s progress/results through the official provider, so you can be sure your staff is taking the necessary action to stay current.

 

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