At some point, almost every mom thinks about starting a home daycare. This can be a very good experience if it is well thought out and planned the right way. Caring for children that are not your own takes a bit more work and preparation than most think it does. I have developed the checklist below so that you can be ready and make the right choices.
- Do you have the room? While it is not essential, it is a good idea to have one room that can be designated for your childcare room. Somewhere you can keep all your toys and craft projects and learning materials. There should be adequate room for play and nap time. If you don’t have a separate room then find an area in your home that will work. Maybe a corner of your living room for toys and naptime and the dining table for learning and crafts.
- Make sure you have plenty of age-appropriate toys and games. Parents like to know that their children will be active and entertained while they are at work. Fun toys, as well as learning toys, can really enhance the Childs experience with you.
- Take a CPR class. You might think you know everything about safety but remember that accidents can always happen. Be prepared for this by taking a CPR and first aid class. You can display your certificate in your home to assure parents that you are serious about the safety of their children.
- Check state requirements. Different states have regulations that are in effect for a home daycare. Most prefer you are licensed if you have more than a certain number of children in your home. Make sure you investigate the rules for your state so that you can comply. Registration is usually a simple procedure and involves answering questions and showing CPR certificates and such. Also, make sure that your service is really affordable. It is really important that you make your services reasonable so that your customers can prefer you over other options. You can click on Need affordable child care? To learn more about the market rates.
- Check into programs that offer compensation to home daycares. There are many programs in each state that can help with food and such for the home daycare provider. Usually, they ask you to follow a certain menu or healthy eating plan.
- Check the local teacher supply store for the pre-school curriculum. This can be very helpful to you in that you can follow a plan instead of trying to make up your own. There are many to choose from and you can adapt your own ideas within them as well. Also, the internet is great for finding color pages and worksheets to use.
- If your own kids will be there as you care for other children to try and make sure they understand how to share mommy. Jealousy can often develop when you are caring for a child that is not yours. Talk to your child and make sure to explain there will still be plenty of time for the two of you to be together at night.
- Make sure your home is baby/child proof in all ways. Cover all outlets and use latches to keep cabinets and drawers closed.
Being prepared can be a wonderful experience for you and the parents who entrust you with their children.