Starting a Home Daycare

July 21st, 2009

If you are considering starting a home daycare, here are some things that you should consider:

    How many children do you want to watch?
    Is your home child proofed?
    Does your state require you to have a license?
    Are you CPR certified / Does your state require you to be?
    How much should you charge?
    How will you advertise your home daycare?
    What hours will you operate your home daycare?
    What types of activities will you provide?
    Will you serve meals, and what types of meals will you provide?
    Is a home daycare the right decision for you?

Starting a home daycare should not be a hard decision to make. You will be able to spend more time with your own children while providing the attention and care for other children. Providing a caring environment and making great money are just two of the many benefits of starting a home daycare.

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Home Daycare License – Do You Need One?

July 8th, 2009

A home daycare license may be required by regulations in your state and local area. In some states you be required to attend an orientation session as a first step in getting your home daycare license. Further steps may be required such as a written application or a visit from a home inspector. The process of getting licensed can be educational because you will learn not only about daycare requirements in your area, but it will give you an opportunity to network with other new daycare providers in your area. You can later use these contacts to help grow your daycare business through referrals.

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How to Start a Daycare in California

December 2nd, 2008

We have had many visitors interested in learning how to start a daycare in California. Most of you will likely fall into the category of what the state of California defines as a “Family Child Care”. More specifically most visitors are considering what California deems a “Small Family Child Care Home”. This a a home that provides child care for up to 6 children (or 8 children if certain criteria are met). Please note that these numbers include any children that already live with you under the age of 10.

If you will be providing care for more children than stated above you may be classified as a “Large Family Child Care Home”. This is a home that provides child care for up to 12 children (or 14 children if additional criteria are met).

In addition to California daycare requirements, your specific city or county may have addtional requirements. Some of the cities that may have additional requirements include, but are not limited to:

Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
Long Beach
Santa Ana

and others.

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Daycare Toys – What You Should Know

June 27th, 2007

Daycare toys are an essential part of any daycare.

Your primary concern when selecting toys for your daycare should be safety. The greatest danger associated with toys are small parts that pose a choking danger. Blocks, marbles, and doll house accessories can be a danger to younger children. These types of toys should be stored in areas that are not accessible to younger children.

New toys are required to be labeled with the minimum age that they are appropriate for. One of the challenges in purchasing used daycare toys is that you may not have access to this information. If you purchase used daycare toys, you can try searching for the manufacturer’s website. They will sometimes provide the age requirement information there. Without that information, you will need to use your best judgment as to what age-group a particular toy will be safe for.

Saving Money on Daycare Toys

Outfitting your daycare doesn’t have to be an expensive process, and you can save a lot of money by following some of the tips below.

Some inexpensive sources of cheap daycare toys are garage sales and eBay. You can save a lot of money by purchasing daycare toys that are in a gently used condition. When buying used toys be sure that they are not damaged in any way that could injure a child.

Another source of used daycare toys equipment is schools. Public schools are prohibited from donating their old equipment, but private schools are not bound by this requirement. Contact some local private schools in your area and ask them if they have plans to purchase new equipment. You can offer to haul away their old equipment for free!

Introducing new toys to your daycare is another item that you should consider. Some children’s consignment stores provide a great opportunity to trade in your older toys and apply their value to the purchase of newer toys.

Selecting and purchasing toys for your daycare doesn’t have to be an expensive process. Use common sense and put your bargain hunting skills to good use!

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Creating a Daycare Schedule

June 25th, 2007

Creating a daycare schedule is an important step in the process of starting a successful daycare. A daily schedule gives structure to your day, and creates a more professional appearance to potential customers. A schedule also provides a sense of routine for the children and gives them an idea of what to expect next as the day progresses.

Here are a couple of things to consider when creating your daily daycare schedule:

1. Your Personality

Some daycare providers prefer not to have a strict daily schedule. I’ve met other providers that have a rigid schedule and all activities are planned virtually to the minute. You should strive to create a daily schedule that is somewhere in between these two extremes. Having a schedule in place creates a routine that the children can follow and shows the parents that their children are actively involved in activities throughout the day.

Try to be somewhat flexible in your schedule planning. You may have an activity planned that the children don’t find as interesting as you had envisioned. Flexibility will allow you to “mix things up” and switch to something that will keep them interested.

2. The ages of the children that you will be caring for.

In your daycare, you may choose to specialize in providing care for a specific age group such as newborns or after-school care for school-age children. In these situations, creating a daycare schedule will be a fairly straight-forward process and you can create a schedule with activities that focus on this specific age group. Creating a daycare schedule that will appeal to a wider age range will be a bit more complicated.

3. Any special training or abilities that you have.

If you have children of your own, then you already have some experience in entertaining children and keeping them involved in activities. Any special abilities that you have can also factor into your daily schedule. A friend of mine runs a successful home daycare and she also plays guitar. She added a block of time in the afternoon when she plays children’s songs on the guitar and has a sing-a-long with the children.

Your daycare schedule should be created with your personality and your particular circumstances in mind. Make it a goal to have a basic outline in place at the very minimum. Regardless of how carefully you have planned your day, remember to have a little bit of flexibility.

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