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What You Need to Start a Daycare at Home

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

There is a need for in-home child care services across the country. Many people choose traditional day-care facilities for their children. The quality of these centers is on the rise, and most stay at home mothers consider having an in-home child care as an option to help supplement the family income. There are many things to think about before you open for business.

  1. Do you have education or professional experience in Early Childhood? Although there is not a requirement to have a degree to run an in-home daycare, you are at an advantage if you have some formal education in Early Childhood. Your potential clients are likely to ask, so have your response ready. If you don't have a degree and aren't planning on working on one, you can tell them that. Keeping up to date on the latest teaching trends in Early Childhood could be done by reading books, talking to other professionals to name a few.
  2. Is your family agreeable to this life-changing event? This is very important because you will have to give your family time to adjust. If your family is not supportive of this venture, it is hard to be successful. Your schedule is very planned out on a day-to-day basis, and it will take teamwork to make it work.
  3. You can choose to be licensed or unlicensed. You need to check with your state. I would suggest that you become licensed. It does take some time, but it makes you look more professional in the long run. You may be just as good as the licensed center in the next block, but many people would choose a licensed facility over an unlicensed one.
  4. Make sure the space you are using for your center is children-friendly. You can receive a list from your state about what the specific requirements are for in-home centers. Some people choose to use their basement for child care, others use their living space, and incorporate the center in this space.
  5. Those that choose to run in-home daycare centers have a wealth of patience. You are in charge of everything, and your break time may only be a few minutes on a particular day. Knowing that your quiet time is important and itmakes the day flow more smoothly.
  6. One important item to consider, is to check out the competition. Are there any in-home child care centers in your neighborhood already?I did not do this and then found out that there were several within a few blocks from me. Ask to visit the nearby in-homes for inspiration and tips, if they are agreeable. This is good to do, because you can easily form a play-group with the other in-home child care providers. It is much more fun going to a park with someone else than just yourself.
  7. You may need to purchase some items to start the center. You don't have to break your budget to do this. Garage sales are an inexpensive way to widen your selection of toys for the children. In many areas, you can access a resource where you can borrow items for the center. I went to the library often and always tried to vary the material in my center.
  8. Set reasonable limits. Be aware of what other in-home centers are charging their clients. Try not to be far from average. In today's market, you don't want to be the most expensive, but you don't want to be the cheapest either.

Running an in-home center is a wonderful alternative to working outside the home. It can be very rewarding for the right person. If you are that right person, be prepared and informed and I'm sure that you will have huge success.

Some helpful tips on what you should consider before opening an in-home daycare center.

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