The California law regarding Family Day Cares says I'm exempt from licensure if there's only one family in addition to my own children. Does this mean only one other family
CA Health and Safety Code Section 1596.792 (d)
(referring to licensing requirements) says it doesn't apply to "Any family day care home providing care for the children of only one family in addition to the operator's own children." It also says it doesn't apply until 2014 ("(n) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2014.")
This ambiguity is important to us. My wife decided she doesn't want to be an unemployed teacher anymore, and wants instead to watch the kids of our various friends out of our home. In addition to our own kid, there would only ever be one family's kids at a time
(at any given instant), but she may get a different family's kid on different days. No more than 3 kids total including our own.
Is this within the letter of the law? Is it at least a reasonable interpretation of the law? Do we need a Family Day Care license? We are sort of ok going about getting a license if necessary, but I'd rather not have to if we don't need to.
I'm not trying to find a loophole here, but I'm also not interested in suggestions to get a license anyway just to be safe. It's expensive and time consuming to babyproof our house to the State's standards above and beyond just what our friends need (liability insurance, fire code, safety training and regulation babyproofing, etc.).
The Department of Social Services
web site is more interested in defining the licensing requirements than giving great detail on when one doesn't need a license (and rightly so).
I'm also sort of curious about the section that says this doens't take effect until 2014. What is the law right now then?
(looking through other mefi threads, maybe this would more appropriately be called babysitting than day care? It's sort of like nannying, but out of our home, not the kids' homes)