Starting a daycare at home

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Some tips for starting your own daycare center

Due to the present day economy, more and more mothers of pre-school age children are being forced to seek work outside of the home. For some parents, the solution may be starting a daycare at home. Some adjustments might need to be made concerning furniture suitable for daycare, but most young mothers already have most of what they need for their own children. Daycares are popular for a number of reasons, perhaps the most prominent of which is the fact that many modern young mothers have happy memories of the time spent in day care centers and the different experiences they enjoyed.

Many people do not realize that starting a day care at home involves a lot more than providing infant and toddler changing tables and glorified baby-sitting services. The most important years in a child's development are those from one to six, and exposure, instruction and habits formed during this crucial time profoundly affect the child’s ability to learn and adjust properly to the process of formal education.

Today there is a definite trend for many large companies to finance and operate day care centers for their employees in or close by their factories or office buildings. Despite this, studies show that most working parents prefer to leave their children closer to home than where they work. If you are thinking of starting a daycare at home, there’s no need to worry too much about competition from company-operated day care centers.


How does one go about starting a daycare at home?

 1- Understand what makes day care profitable

There are a lot of day care centers operating with full enrollments of 35 to 65 children, but just barely breaking even. This is due to state government regulations and exorbitant overhead costs of operation. Be sure to know the regulations in your area, and then design your business plan to meet these regulations. Many states require day care centers to provide a minimum area per child, both inside and outside the building, plus at least one hot meal per day. A licensed teacher for every 15 to 20 children, and even a licensed nurse on the premises may be required.

2- Starting from a baby-sitting service

Beginning small is a good thing when it comes to starting a day care at home. A baby-sitting service will enable you to learn and expand from your profits, and establish a positive image that can be built upon. By exposure to children and their distraction levels, you will have picked up different learning tips that will work for daycare. If your home is not big enough and you are set on establishing a day care, you might consider renting or buying a vacant house. (If you do, don’t forget to factor that in to overhead costs or over your head is exactly where you might end up!).

Starting a day care at home and running it effectively is a rewarding enterprise but by no means an easy one. You have to work within guidelines imposed by state governments and will be constantly challenged by the needs of your charges.

Still, if you are a stay at home mom who is a bit strapped for cash and who loves to work with children, starting a day care at home can bring you much joy.

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