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Work From Home: Using your House for a Home Daycare Center

Updated on March 12, 2017

So you think you want to start a home daycare?

Maybe you have always loved children, or maybe you have small children of your own.

Wouldn't it be nice to take in a couple of extra kids, make a few bucks,and give your own children some little playmates?

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you decide that this is the career for you.

  1. Do you have enough energy and patience to look after other people's children, in addition to your own? Remember, you can't just send them home if things go wrong. It's great when the kids are playing nicely, but anyone with kids knows this can change quickly. Squabbles happen. It can get really, really loud sometimes. You are the one who will have to deal with it.
  2. Can you tolerate a little messiness? Kids are messy. You can't freak out over every little toy you step on or every little crayon mark on the table. Buy washable colors and tidy up as you play, but don't expect your house to be perfectly clean at the end of the day. If you are a neat freak, this may not be the job for you.
  3. Does your family support your idea to turn their home into a daycare? Your children will have to share their mother, their toys and sometimes even their bedroom with other children. Consider your husband's feelings too. Unless you only take in children when he's at work, there will be kids around when he's home. He may get persnickety if he likes to flop in front of the tv when he gets home from work, only he can't because it's "daycare hours".
  4. Can you handle a fluctuating income?Kids get sick, or go on holidays, or grow up and don't need daycare anymore. The parents of the kids you watch can lose jobs. This will affect your income. However, working from home will eliminate your own daycare and transportation costs. You need to take this into account as well.
  5. Do you have enough space and equipment for extra children? You don't need a gymnasium sized living room to look after four or five kids, but you will need to make sure your space is organized well. You will need a play area, a quiet spot for kids to rest, a place for serving meals and a safe, fenced in yard. You will also need enough booster seats and high chairs for feedings, and some kind of transportation for outings. Strollers come in double, triple or quadruple size. Or you can get extra car seats for your vehicle.

Providing child care in your home is physically and mentally exhausting work. It's not for everyone, but I have personally found it to be rewarding. I am home when my kids need me. I feel good knowing that I am providing quality care to children while their parents are away. And it makes me happy (most days).

There is something special about looking into a sweet little scrunched up sleeping baby face that makes all the more challenging parts of the job worthwhile. And how many other jobs are there where you get hugs every day?

So if you are thinking about it, give it a try.

 I recommend starting small, one or two part time kids at first. Then you can decide if you want to quit, or expand into a full time licensed daycare later on.

Good luck and happy playing!


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      Lori Chidori Phillips 3 years ago from Southern California USA

      I love caring for kids. Today, I babysit my grand nephew who is 8 months for a few days a week. My adult daughter and I thought about starting our own daycare with some developmental activities. (I have a master's in education and a valid teaching credential but do not wish to teach in the public school system.) Learning at this age level is pure joy. But the liabilities (insurance) and the fact that there is no flexibility with my personal schedule in case I need to take my elderly to the doctor makes this option impossible for us. There's no way to call in sick!

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      daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, Sinea Pies.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      My daughter had an inhome daycare for years. A very successful one, ages infant to after-school care. Her whole family was committed to the vision but after about 8 years they all had had enough. They wanted their lives back. So, see gracefully closed up shop and they moved on to the next phase of their lives.

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      There probably is a demand for it, hemustincrease. I think there is a demand for good quality daycare everywhere these days, in my area anyway. For advice on starting home daycare, I went to my local childcare society. Hopefully your town has something like that to support you. Good luck!

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      hemustincrease 6 years ago

      This is a serious consideration for me right now. I have three children i home educate. Am wondering if there is any demand for in home preschool type thing??? I teach my kids according to the classical education methods so could offer this to other children? HMMMN. Need to do some more thinking things through. Where do you go to get advice on the legal aspects of it all?

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      daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your comment guys.

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      cbris52 6 years ago

      I agree with double_frick...definitely a joy to read!

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      double_frick 7 years ago

      i've been considering this a lot lately since i stay home with my 2 small children. once i ask myself question one, i get my answer, HECK no. my kids are lucky i have patience enough for them! ;P

      though i would love for them to have some more consistent playmates, guess i will have to stick to the park!

      i love your hub, btw! a lot of hubs have great content but are a chore to read, yours was a joy! :)

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