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Is there a law as to how many kids you can babysit at one time?

I live in Illinois and will be babysitting over the summer. I'm not licensed and I don't plan on becoming licensed. This will just be something I do on my own. I have 3 kids of my own and I'll be taking on 3 more.

I tried googling but couldn't find any info on just babysitting.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:04 PM on May. 30, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • Im pretty sure there is cause my daycare does. It has to do with so many adults to some many kids depending on age. Like one adult to 3 kids under the age of 1 year....and thats just an example...i dont know the amount. but im pretty sure there is

    Answer by angie_david at 1:08 PM on May. 30, 2009

  • Yes, there's laws about how many kids you can watch for how long without being licensed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 PM on May. 30, 2009

  • OP here....can you guys help me find links because I'm not finding any of this info?

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 PM on May. 30, 2009

  • In your state for a licensed provider the maximum is eight including your own children.

    Here is a resource for you:

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 1:13 PM on May. 30, 2009

  • Call DCFS for information.

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:25 PM on May. 30, 2009


    any more than 3 children other than your own requires a day care license in your state.. above is the laws on day cares.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 1:41 PM on May. 30, 2009

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