Step 1
  • Step 1

    General Requirements

    Please view the General Requirements below. When you've completed viewing all requirements, then continue onto Step 2.

    • The provider and the substitute must be 18 years of age or older.
    • The provider cannot work outside the home during the hours of operation.
    • The provider must have proof of a written plan to provide at least one other competent adult to be available to substitute in case of an emergency.
    • The provider must provide a copy of a completed Health and Safety Checklist to each parent on an annual basis. To access and PRINT this checklist visit HERE.
    • You will see the DCF Trainings on Step 3 of this guide.
    • If you are renting/leasing your home, verify with your property owner and/or refer to your lease agreement regarding the ability to watch children in your residence.
    If you need additional assistance, please send us an email at
  • Step 2
  • Step 2

    Ratio, Capacity and Accomodations

    Please view the Ratio, Capacity and Accomodation Requirements below.

    All providers shall be willing to prepare , clean and maintain comfortable accomodations where the children can feel comfortable. The providers are allowed to provide care for one of the following groups of children, which shall include those children under 13 years of age who are related to the caregiver:

    • A maximum of four children from birth to 12 months of age.
    • A maximum of three children from birth to 12 months of age, and other children, for a maximum total of six children.
    • A maximum of six preschool children if all are older than 12 months of age.
    • A maximum of 10 children if no more than 5 are preschool age and of those 5, no more than 2 are under 12 months of age.
  • Step 3
  • Step 3

    Your DCF Training

    Get started with your DCF Training. When officially completed with your DCF Training then continue on to step 4. You must create a free DCF provider account for the required trainings with the following link.

    Create DCF Account

    Follow the steps to fill out the form with the required information , carefully choose each of the training listed below that you need, enroll, pay and complete all steps of all the trainings. Get ready to take the exams and successfully complete them. Training is the most time-consuming and challenging part of the registration process. Until you have successfully completed all required training and competency exams, you cannot be approved for your Knockdrop registration.

    All providers and their substitutes must register to complete the required courses. The course must be a minimum of 5-Clock-Hours or 0.5.

    A list of approved courses for the provider can be found below:

    Family Child Care Home Rules & Regulations (6 hours) course and competency exam
    Health, Safety and Nutrition (6 hours) course and competency exam
    Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (4 hours) course and competency exam
    Child Growth and Development (6 hours) course and competency exam
    Behavioral Observation and Screening (6 hours) course and competency exam

    The required course for the substitute is the Family Child Care Home Rules and Regulations (6 hours). To register for the training the substitute will follow the same step as the provider by creating a DCF account .
    All household members over the age of 18 must be background checked through FDLE and minors between the ages of 12 and 18 have to have a juvenile records check.
  • Step 4
  • Step 4

    Background Screening


    The provider, and the substitute(s) must be cleared through background check. This is to ensure the complete safety of the children and will also allow one other adult to substitute if needed. Please review the responsibility of the provider in our Term of use regarding keeping family members and guests in check. The registered provider will be legally and lawfully held responsible of any incidents.

    All electronic fingerprinting must be submitted and processed through FDLE to request a criminal records search and provide you with a document reflecting that there is no history of a criminal record. You must provide a valid email address to have instant access to your results if you are unable to print them. .

    Access FDLE at: If it does not open automatically copy and paste the link in a new tab and follow the steps.
  • Step 5
  • Step 5

    Records and Attestations

    If applicable, out of State Criminal record checks are required for providers, adult household members and substitutes that have lived outside the state of Florida in the preceding five years.

    If you have a Nationwide Criminal History Record Request, then please send us an email at

    Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Checks. Required for providers, adult household members and substitutes that have lived outside of the state of Florida in the preceding five years.

    If you have a nationwide abuse and neglect registry record requests, then please send us an email at

    Sex Offender Registry Checks. Required for offender, adult household members and substitutes that lived outside of the state of Florida in the preceding five year.

    For nationwide sex offender searches, please visit HERE.

    Juvenile Records Check (FDLE). Required for all juvenile household members 12 to 17 years of age.

    Requests must be submitted online through the FDLE public portal. The ORI number FL721911Z must be used at the time of request. Complete instructions on how to request a juvenile record can be found HERE.

    Child Care Attestation of Good Moral Character (AGMC). Required for the provider, all adult household members and the substitutes.

    If you wish to request this form, then please send us an email at

    NOTE! Arrest or conviction for any disqualifying offenses by you, your substitute, or household member without being granted an exemption from disqualification will prevent you from operating a registered family day care home. A list of the disqualifying offenses is listed on the AGMC.

    Please click here to view and print the AGMC form.

    Mandatory Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements Form. Required for the substitute.

    The provider attests to these requirements as part of the application process and doesn't require a separate form. This form must be completed on an annual basis and can be found HERE.
  • Step 6
  • If you have completed all of the steps above and you are ready to register, then input your information below to complete your registration.
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