When you’re a working mom, or if you need someone to watch your kids for an extended period of time during the day, you only want the best for your children.  When it comes to daycares, there are a lot of people that do it without being registered with the State of Nebraska as a daycare provider.  This is very important–this is a great way to make sure your daycare provider, whether just a family provider or one that is a little larger than a home daycare, is up to par and meets the standard requirements of a facility that is set up for child care.

In the State of Nebraska, there are numerous compliance requirements, including the cleanliness of facilities, the space provided for children to play, fire and tornado safety drills numerous times a year with the children, CPR and First Aid instruction, distribution of prescription medications, food preparation guidelines, and a long list of other requirements in order to be a licensed daycare provider for other family’s children.  In fact, if you want the full list, you can find it here at the child care provider checklist (it’s 13 pages long!).

Of course, if you’re hiring family to watch your children, that’s entirely your perogative.  But when it comes to the safety and facilities that your children are being monitored in, sometimes a certified or licensed provider is preferred.

If you’re looking to find a registered daycare provider in the State of Nebraska, you will find a list of current licensed child care providers on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.  You can either do a search of licenses on their website or you can download a PDF of current child care providers that are registered in the State of Nebraska.  This list sorts all providers by zip code and is around 400 pages long.

Remember, if you’re looking for someone that is legally qualified to care for your child, it’s a good idea to do your research.  The Nebraska Health and Human Services Department makes sure childcare providers meet strict expectations and go through a background check to ensure they are in a position to take in children for daycare.  There’s no better way to put your mind at ease than by doing your due diligence.