In-Home Caregiver Parent Toolkit

marynathan: In-home Caregivers provide care for children in the child's home. They include live-in and live-out nannies and housekeepers. Most states do not regulate in-home caregivers, but some states regulate nanny-placement agencies. There are NO fingerprint and TB clearances or adult/child ratio required. Trustline is available to secure clearances for a fee. California, however, requires in-home caregivers receiving child care subsidy payments (APP, CalWORKs, etc.) to be screened through a criminal history check and/or child abuse and neglect clearance. CCCC offers training in child devleopment, health and safety for license-exempt providers.

Care in the child's home is an agreement between the family (the employer) and the caregiver (the employee). Care of children from one family in the caregiver’s home is a service offered by the caregiver. The parents are purchasers of the service, not employers.

There are NO licensing requirements for In-Home and Exempt Care, however,...

Parents can require:

  • A physical examination and TB clearance
  • References
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Smoke-free environment
  • Trustline clearance
Parents can decide on:
  • Hours of service
  • Special services needed
  • Salary
Parents must:
  • Pay minimum wage and appropriate taxes
  • File employer’s tax forms
Parents should expect:
  • An experienced adult who understands the needs of young children
  • Attention to each child's needs
  • To share in determining your children's program

Before your interviews, use these questions to help you:

  • When a (my) child is crying, I usually…
  • I think the best way to discipline a child is to…
  • Each day I think parents (providers) should tell me about…

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