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Top 10 Reasons You SHOULD Start a Daycare, Childcare or Preschool in Your Home

Updated on December 10, 2012

Here are 10 reasons why you should get off the fence about starting your in home daycare!

I love building suspense, so I am going to COUNT DOWN to the #1 reason our polled customers started their daycare or preschool.

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10. Pride

Many of our customers chose this as a top ten reason, which surprised me - but makes total sense. Starting a daycare can give you something you can be REALLY proud of. You can see how much you are helping children and families every day. Being in control of your destiny can empower to work hard and strive for greatness. Which feels awesome. Not many corporate positions make you feel flat out wonderful about what you do. When people ask what I do for a living, I am proud to say "I help children to learn and develop every day - - oh and I do art project projects, play with play dough and play at the park every day".

9. Save Time

Don't misunderstand our polled customers when I bring up this point. When you are caring for children, they should be your primary focus. You should have a curriculum to plan out their day and give them lots of educational opportunities- - but I can totally understand why so many of our customers chose "Saving Time" as of the top 10 reasons to START an in home child care. The truth is that it is possible to blend duties so that you spend your daycare hours doing things that you would otherwise have to do in the evenings. You can squeeze cleaning, laundry, and organizing into random down times (aka nap time) so that you aren't doing them during your family time in the evening. Prepping dinner, mopping your floor, dusting, counting coins, sorting socks, etc. can all be turned into educational and bonding moments for children. Keep in mind though - you are being paid to care and educate children. Yes, you can do these things during your business hours, but give the kids the time they deserve. Please. Please. Please.

8. Physical Activity

It's obvious by the number of responses we had that parents find it tough to give their kids enough exercise in a day. I talked with a few of our customers to better understand exactly what they meant. The gist of it is that if you are a stay at home mom and you go to the park your child might not run. I mean really run.... like there are zombies hot on his tail. When you add other children to the outside mix, your child will explore longer, run faster, climb higher and be healthier than they would if they were playing with just you. Giving your child adequate physical play will make them healthier and happier AND help to get them to bed without a fight.

7. Clean and Healthy

Our polled customers rank being able to control the cleanliness in their daycare home 7th. If they had their child in daycare outside of their home, they wouldn't be able to control how clean the other provider kept their home. Yes, you will have to be diligent about keeping your house sanitized and clean. Yes, your kids are going to catch some colds. But you are still in control.

One that same topic , many people ranked being able to control the food served very high as well. Perhaps your child requires a specific diet because of allergies or food reactions. Controlling their food can be very difficult outside of the home. Controlling the menu and being able to serve vegan, gluten free, peanut free, or all organic foods might be reason enough for you to choose to run an in-home daycare.

6. Control Your Child's Education

You can take educating your child into your own hands. This was a top 5 reason that our customers started their own daycare. And honestly this was a top 2 reason for me. I wanted my child to be able to read before kindergarten - just like I did. Most of the preschools in our area were too packed to read one on one with the children and their curriculum lacked letter recognition work. Starting my own daycare meant I had the opportunity to teach my child the way I wanted. Turns out that quite a few of other people felt the same way and my daycare / school became recognized for its pre-reading success program.

5. No Commute

I cannot even begin to tell you how nice it is to not have to commute to work. I remember sitting in my car thinking that I was wasting 2 hours every day. Not to mention the gas money, wear and tear on the car AND I was not doing the environment any favors with my exhaust. It seems that our polled customers were equally perturbed by morning commutes and started their own daycare as a direct result.

4. Socialization

It takes a long time for kids to fully understand social dynamics. Share. Say please. Don't hit. So many things to learn. The sooner you start acclimating them to life with other kids, the better. Not to mention, kids learn faster when they are around other children. It's a fact. Your child will see another child walking and will begin to simulate the movements until - voilla! You have a walking child. Okay. Maybe you are not ready for that, but the point is that kids thrive when they are in mixed age groups as long as there is an adequate student to teacher ratio. According to our poll, socialization ranks 4th on the reasons to start an in-home daycare.

3. Be Your Own Boss

If you feel like you are just not cut out for corporate america, owning your own daycare might be perfect for you. You set your hours, your rules, your pay, etc. Yes, running a daycare does require a set schedule, typically. But you don't have to work 8am to 5pm! You can choose to do just preschool from 9am to noon and have the afternoon off, if that schedule meets your needs. Not to mention, you can have a flexible schedule if you find and hire/contract great assistants.

2. Tax Write-Offs

I mentioned the tax benefit, but it really is worth mentioning again. For many of our polled customers, this may not have been the REASON they started their daycare, but it was a HUGE benefit to owning a daycare. Thus it received high rankings from everyone. So how does this help you? The toys you buy for the daycare are tax deductible. Not to mention your playground equipment, bikes, balls, new cribs, etc. If you use it primarily for the business then you can write it off. Yes your kids have to share toys, but it is very possible to draw a line. Toys in a child's room for example, might be theirs and ones in the daycare area are the daycare's toys to share with friends. It's like getting a 20-35% savings on everything you buy for your business (talk to your tax professional for more info on this).

1. Make Great Money

This is the main reason I started my own daycare and why so many of our customers started theirs. The money can be AWESOME in this industry. Before you envision 10 kids surrounding you in chaos, know that you can have just 3 kids and make a $12/hr WHILE watching your kids AND writing off a portion on your taxes. Or you can run a preschool for a couple hours a day 2 days a week. I never had a house of chaos. I was making $40/hr which is very common if you have a medium sized in home daycare (12-16 kids with another teacher).

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      StartYourDaycare 5 years ago

      @lynndy: Thanks, lynndy! I'm glad it is helpful. I will post up our weekly daycare tips too, so keep an eye out for many more lenses. If you have any questions about starting a daycare, please let me know. Take care!

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      lynndy 5 years ago

      Some of these reasons were for sure on my list. The main one for me was being able to make money and spend quality time with my kids. Thanks for the list of reasons, Lily! I sent them to my girlfriend who is contemplating starting a daycare. I like your other lens too and would love to see more tips from you! Keep up the great work!