MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of Child Care
FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME SELF-ASSESSMENT GUIDE
This guide is designed to help you do a self-assessment of your home to make sure it is ready for initial registration as a family child
care home. By using the guide, you can spot potential problems and correct them before your home is inspected by the Office of
Child Care (OCC). The guide does not contain all of the items found on a family child care home inspection report form, but it does
include most of them. You should review the family child care regulations (COMAR 13A.15.01-.15) carefully to make sure you
understand all of the requirements that must be met before your registration certificate can be issued.
Read each statement listed below and on the following pages, then check YES, NO, or DOESN’T APPLY as appropriate.
At the time of your initial application inspection, your OCC Licensing Specialist will review your responses with you and
answer any questions you may have.
YES NO APPLY
There is a space in the child care area where your certificate of registration can be displayed
The interior and exterior of your home is in good repair. For example, there are no broken
windows, peeling paint, or damaged/unsafe railings, stairs, doors, window-screens, floors, walls,
Your home is free from health and safety hazards such as exposed insulation or electrical wiring,
damaged/unsafe floor-coverings, and toxic plants.
Your home is free of insects and rodents.
There is hot and cold running water accessible to the areas that will be used for child care.
Your home has a toilet that is intact and in good working condition, including the toilet-seat.
Your home has a refrigerator and a stove/oven that are in good working condition.
Your home has a heating system that is safe and in good working condition.
Your home has working utility services (water, electricity), including an operable hard-wired
(land line) telephone.
There is no lead-based paint on any exterior or interior surface of the home or on any material or
equipment to be used for child care purposes.
The areas to be used for child care are well-lit and well-ventilated.
Your indoor activity area has enough space for children to move around freely.
If you will be caring for children under 5 years old, you have safety caps for all wall-sockets that
are accessible to the children.
You have protective barriers for use at indoor locations that are potentially hazardous to young
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YES NO APPLY
Drawers and cabinets containing potentially hazardous items are child-proofed.
All items that are potentially hazardous to children (firearms, knives, tools, medicines, flammable
items, cleaning supplies, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, etc.) are stored properly and in
locations that will make them inaccessible to children in care. (NOTE: If firearms are present,
they are stored in accordance with Maryland law.)
The outdoor activity area is large enough and is free from potential safety hazards.
You have an adequate supply of indoor and outdoor activity materials and equipment that are
suitable for the ages, needs, and capabilities of the children in care. All materials are clean, safe,
in good condition and free of hazards.
There are enough sheets and blankets for each child.
For each child, there is rest equipment (a crib, cot, mat, etc.) that is safe, durable, comfortable,
and appropriate to the age of the child. All cribs, portacribs, and playpens meet U.S. Consumer
Product Safety standards.
If you will be using your vehicle to transport children in care, the vehicle has enough seatbelts
and/or child safety seats to accommodate each child separately.
Each area of your home to be used for child care is clean and orderly.
Suitable toileting supplies (paper towels, soap, toilet paper and trash can) are located within the
easy reach of the children.
There are suitable receptacles for the sanitary disposal of refuse. There is a separate suitable
receptacle, with a tight fitting lid, for the sanitary disposal of diapers/pull-ups.
The OCC-approved handwashing procedure is immediately accessible for your reference.
If you will be caring for children who require diapering, the OCC-approved diapering procedure
is immediately accessible for your reference.
If you will be caring for children who require diapering, there is a diapering surface that is located
away from food preparation and eating areas, and can be easily cleaned and sanitized.
If used, potty-chairs are placed on a nonabsorbent surface or mat, are located away from food
preparation and eating areas, and can be easily cleaned and sanitized.
The OCC list of signs and symptoms of acute child illness is immediately accessible for your
The Communicable Disease Summary pamphlet is immediately accessible for your reference.
All medications can be stored safely and properly.
If there is a person living in your home who smokes, all tobacco products and smoking
accessories are made inaccessible to the children in your care.
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YES NO APPLY
All areas used to store children’s food and eating utensils are clean and protected. Perishables
can be properly refrigerated.
The OCC list of signs and symptoms of child abuse is accessible for your reference.
The telephone numbers of your OCC regional licensing office and of the local police and/or local
department of social services are immediately accessible for your reference.
You have a portable container or binder for keeping the children’s emergency forms immediately
accessible at all times.
Your name, address, location, phone #, 911, emergency and poison control telephone numbers are
posted by each telephone.
There is a readily accessible location for keeping your substitute’s name and telephone number
and the names, home telephone numbers, and work telephone numbers of the parents whose
children you will be caring for.
An emergency escape plan is posted in the child care area.
You have all required first-aid items in a portable container which is accessible to the child care
area, but are stored so that they are inaccessible to children in care.
You have enough office folders and other office supplies to make a separate file for each child.
The folders are large enough to contain all required forms and other documentation for the child.
You have adequate storage space for children’s files.
In addition, are you familiar with COMAR 13A.15.01-.15 requirements regarding the following?
Use of substitutes.
Remaining within assigned child care capacity at all times.
Remaining within sight or sound of children at all times, and providing supervision which is
appropriate to each child’s age, activities, and individual needs.
Administration, recording, and storage of medication given to children.
Providing meals and snacks that are nutritious and appropriate for the children’s ages and needs.
Appropriate child discipline and prohibitions against child abuse, neglect and injurious treatment.
Reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.
Reporting a child injury or death.
Releasing a child to someone other than the child’s parent or guardian.
Reporting to the OCC regional licensing office any changes in your home that might affect the
status of your registration (for example, a new resident, a change in your program operation, or a
change in your address or telephone number).
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NOTES: The following space is provided for you to note any questions you may have about the items above. Be sure to ask
your OCC Licensing Specialist about those items when he or she arrives to conduct the initial application inspection of your
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