I'm thinking about starting a in home daycare does anyone know how to go about this and give me some pointers?

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Taylor - posted on 07/12/2011

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I thought about doing this and researched it quite a bit. I found that the biggest issue is the pay, most people have problems with keeping parents up on their payments and the fact that you have to think about your own life. EX. appointments, vacations, your own children events, and any sick days. I was so excited until I read this and thought maybe not. Just be sure to keep researching

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Sara - posted on 03/15/2009

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I forgot to mention - also look into insurance. We had a general Umbrella policy, but added to it. Also if you have to transport to or from school in your car you need to look at the laws about that. In Wisconsin, if I charged the parents by the mile I had to get an incredible amont of insurance for my car. But if I just charged for the time, then the umbrella policy covered it. My insurance guy was able to talk me thru this - I would have been clueless without him. :-)

Trisha - posted on 03/15/2009

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Hi Kelley, I live in Las Vegas.  Many people have asked me to watch their kids for money, in case something happens  I want to be protected.  I have 3 of my own kids, but next year they will be in school most of the day.  My husband works construction and is running out of work, so he will be here to help.  The kids I would be watching are kids that  go to the same school as my own kids, that's where the word of mouth started. 



Thanks everybody for all the advise!!!

Sara - posted on 03/15/2009

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One thing to consider is how many kids you could watch without being considered a true daycare. For example, in Wisconsin 4 or more kids that are unrelated to you is considered daycare - but I can watch 3 kids (plus my own two) and not be considered a daycare so I don't have to follow the same regulations. I looked into becoming licensed, but the income wouldn't have been worth it. Do be careful and make sure you follow your state/city etc guidelines.

Patty - posted on 03/15/2009

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I had a home daycare for a few years.  The laws for opening one depend on the state you live in but you may have to do some fixing up of your house depending on the laws.  I spent quite a bit of money fixing up my house before the state inspection to open the daycare, and they still found probelms that I had to fix.  It ran into some money for me.  I thought my house was pretty safe since I had my own kids but I guess the state wanted it safer!  Look into home daycares in your town and also check the state website.  You may have a link to home daycares in your area, and the rules and laws on it.  Good luck with this venture.  I found it very rewarding (not in money, though :) !)but it was a lot of work, too!

Kelley - posted on 03/15/2009

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get in touch with social services and get a daycare packet it will have most fo the info you need. you will also want to get on a food program.

What state are you in?

Lorianne - posted on 03/15/2009

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I used to have an in home daycare. I loved it but it was hard when I had too many of my own kids. You need to investigate into your town and state and figure out what the laws are surrounding it. Try to find more Moms in your area to know and see what they do, most will be willing to tell you a lot. You can also start with DHS and they can tell you guidelines and put you on a list for Moms as a resource and referral. You can get off and running pretty quick that way. I always like word of mouth myself, it can sometimes be scary letting people you don't know into your home. On the other hand, when you don't make enough money, it isn't very fun either. Hope this helps!

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