If you would like to assist a family child care provider, or care for children in the Provider's absence, you will need a family child care assistant certificate. There are two main categories of assistants in family child care: a certified family child care assistant and a regular family child care assistant.

Certified Family Child Care (FCC) Assistant

Qualifications

A certified FCC assistant must meet the same qualifications as a family child care provider.

  • A certified FCC assistant may care for children in the provider's absence, for any length of time, provided that they are certified at the same level as the provider.
  • If a certified assistant meets the same qualifications as that of a family child care plus provider or large family child care provider, that assistant may be certified as an assistant equivalent to that type of care.

The certified FCC assistant certificate is valid for a period of three years.

Licensing Requirements

A certified FCC assistant must:

  • be at least 18 years old and have experience in caring for children.
  • have a background free of adverse conduct.
  • submit medical evidence that they are physically healthy and able to care for children.
  • attend a family child care orientation, have training in CPR and First Aid and attend an additional 15 hours of training every 3 years.
  • demonstrate the ability to implement the Provider's written plan of curriculum, activities and routines.
  • maintain a record of all licensed child care homes where they have cared for children.

Regular Family Child Care (FCC) Assistant

Qualifications:

A regular FCC assistant does not need to meet the same qualifications as that of a provider. A regular assistant:

  • can work in any family child care home, but can only be left alone with children if he/she is currently certified in CPR and First Aid training appropriate to the age of children in care.
  • may be left alone with no more than six children for a limited time period.
  • can work in any family child care, family child care plus or large family child care home under the provider's general supervision for any length of time.

The regular FCC assistant letter of approval is valid for a period of three years.

Licensing Requirements

A regular FCC assistant must:

  • be 18 years of age.
  • have a background free of adverse conduct.
  • work under the general supervision of the Provider unless certified in CPR and first aid
  • be able to implement the Provider's curriculum, activities and routine.
  • maintain a record of all licensed child care homes where they have cared for children.

How do I Apply for a Certificate?

Once you complete and return your application packet (no fee required) to the Department of Early Education and Care, a Family Child Care Licensor will contact you to review your Family Child Care Assistant Certificate application PDF . With a completed application, you can be approved as an assistant. This letter of approval is valid for a three year time period.


Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care.