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Should You Start a Family Daycare Business?

July 8, 2019

Are you considering starting a family daycare business from your home?

 Many parents do as it allows them to be at home with their child and earn money through caring for other children at the same time.

There are many advantages to the arrangement for both the parent and her child who get to spend more quality time together and also for the other children who are being cared for in a family home rather than a public daycare center.

However, as with any new business venture, there are drawbacks to consider before making the decision to take on the huge responsibility of caring for other people’s children. Here are some of the big questions you need to address.

What is involved in running a daycare service?

The best way to get a realistic impression of what’s involved in being a daycare provider is to shadow someone who is already doing the job. You’ll be providing everyday basic childcare, but the service is more demanding than babysitting. To keep the children engaged and to aid in their development, you should be facilitating arts and crafts, free play, educational games and activities, music, outdoor exploration, story time, meals, naps, and the obligatory potty or nappy duties. After a few full days of this, if you’re still keen to give it a go, you may be on to a winner.

Would it suit your personality?

 Although much of your day is spent with children, you need to be able to establish and maintain a positive relationship with the parents. This requires people skills such as excellent communication and diplomacy.

 There may be disagreements about discipline, unwell or injured children, naps, meals, or potty training techniques, and you need to be prepared to uphold the best possible care while satisfying your clients.

 Is there enough space in your home?

Your home needs to be big enough to provide daycare, and many states stipulate that outdoor space is necessary, as well as various equipment and toys (which will also need to be stored safely). Typically, child-care licensing agencies state that there should be at least 35 square feet of space per child. You will also need to meet the necessary safety requirements, including smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.


Have you considered the legal requirements?

Your state will have its regulations about running a home daycare service, but generally, providers are only able to care for 6-7 children at one time, and no more than 2 of them can be under the age of 2.

Every member of your household will need to have a background check, and you will need to ensure you have childcare insurance in place. In some states, you will also need to complete a first aid course with CPR training as well as training in child development, nutrition, child abuse prevention, and educational activities.

A physical health exam may also be necessary for you and your household. Becoming a licensed daycare provider is often the best route as it will equip you with the training you need and show clients that you are qualified to provide proper care for their children.

Can you manage the administration and finances?

 Each child in your care will need a separate file which includes their medical information and emergency contact details. Your licensing, insurance, tax, and registration information must be up to date and well organized with clear accounting system in place.

You will also need to create a contract with the parents for each child, which covers payment of fees, late payment fees, sick children policy, discipline, vacations, overtime, and any other relevant issues.



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