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How to Open a Daycare

Updated on September 20, 2014

Starting a nonregistered daycare is a great way for a stay-at-home mom to make an income. Although it will be nonregistered or nonlicensed, there are still guidelines and regulations to pay strict attention to. Some of the guidelines and regulations may slightly differ from province to province. Even though it will be a nonlicensed daycare, receipts need to be filed. This will be beneficial for tax purposes. Advertising and meeting with parents also plays a big part in the success of starting your daycare.

Check guidelines and regulations for your province. In Canada the nonregistered daycare is not monitored by the government or an agency. It is solely the responsibility of the parents to check the standard of care their children will receive. The guidelines differ slightly for some provinces. Manitoba allows you to care for up to four children under the age of twelve including the caregiver's children. These rules specifically apply to the nonregistered daycare. In Ontario you are allowed to care for up to five children under the age of 10. The province of British Columbia doesn't allow anyone to have a non-licensed day care in their home. However, you could care for children when the parents are on site. Examples include at a shopping mall or the parent's workplace. If you contact the Child Care and Consumer Affairs in your province they will send you a package or refer you to a website.

Arrange your house to ensure you have enough room for a daycare. You may first need to do some minor renovations. Have a play area with shelves and an area to set up a playpen for nap-time. Your kitchen or dining area should also have enough room for seating and highchairs.

Make schedules for activities, lunch, crafts, and for outdoor activities. Make a menu plan that includes lunches and snacks. According to child development workers, structure and routines with some flexibility are an important aspect to childcare.

Obtain a file cabinet with a filing system in place is an important part of any business. In your file cabinet you will keep receipts of all the expenses for tax filing purposes and any resources obtained for your daycare. Personal files on each child will also be necessary for emergency contacts, medical information or allergies etc..

Post an advertisement for your daycare. You can post an ad at the local grocery store, community bulletin board or in the local newspaper. Your experience and location and phone number should be in the ad.

Things You'll Need
  • File folders
  • File cabinet
  • References
  • Child safe items
  • Toys
  • CDs
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Bibs
  • Playpens
  • Highchairs
  • Plastic plates and cups
  • Craft supplies
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