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The information provided on this page is a basic outline of Nevada Child Care requirements that pertain to the design and construction of Child Care Facilities in the State of Nevada. This information is a brief synopsis and does not include all of the detailed requirements needed to satisfy the governing authorities for Child Care Licensing, Building Code, Fire Code, Accessibility, or local Zoning. These guidelines are for general information and planning purposes. Contact the governing authority directly or engage a Licensed Architect to complete a full analysis of your school location.

NEVADA Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)

4150 Technology Way, Carson, City, NV 89706

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/nac/nac-432a.html#NAC432ASec250

License renewal is required every year.

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per Child

  

< 9 Mos.

9Mos.- 2Years

2Years

3Years

4 Years

5+ Years

Required

Teacher:Child Ratio

1:4

1:6

1:9

1:12

1:13

1:18

Required

Max. Group Size

8

12

18

24

26

36

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

8

12

18

24

26

36

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

3

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

280 sf.

420 sf.

630 sf.

840 sf.

910 sf.

1260 sf.

Outdoor Space Requirements: 37 1/2 sf per child

  • The play area at each childcare must be fenced or enclosed in a manner that prevents unsupervised areas.
  • There have to be resilient surfaces underneath any elevated play equipment.
  • If childcare has playground equipment, it should be designed for children of all ages in the facility and also to minimize injuries.
  • The outdoor play area can not be located where any bodies of water are.

Building Code Requirements

child care child toilet child care adult toilet child care drinking fountain child care mop sink child care bath tub

CHILD

FIXTURES

ADULT

FIXTURES

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

MOP

SINK

BATH TUB/

SHOWER

1: 15

1:50

1:100

1

1

2012 International Building Code

Fire Code Requirements

16

You must be at least 16 years old and have completed the course in the development of children within 6 months to be employed.

6

Inspections of any part of the building can occur at any time at least two times during the 12-month licensing period or once every 6 months.

2

All stairs must be free of obstacles. Handrails with turns must be provided if there are 2 or more steps.

2012 International Fire Code

Did you know . . .

child care playground Every local licensing agency must monthly submit to the Bureau a roaster of all facilities in its jurisdiction which are currently licensed. child care infant Every member of the staff and volunteer must present to the director written evidence that the employee is free from communicable tuberculosis. child care 30 minutes Heaters, fireplaces, or smaller devices in rooms used for child care, must be protected from the contact of children.

To access Nevada Child Care requirements along with other states please see our interactive Child Care Requirements US map here.

Research completed by Calbert Design Group, LLC.  Updated 2019