OPEN A HOME DAYCARE

Marae - posted on 04/10/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. I am a stay home mom with two kids ages 17months and 8yrs old. My husband is working and it is okay for me to be a full time mommy. But i think one income is not enough to sustain the needs of our family. So, i am thinking to open a home daycare someday.Where do i start? Do i have to go back to school to study early childhood education and work at daycare for experience before opening my own in the future? Any suggestions and ideas would be appreciated.

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Chelsey - posted on 04/10/2014

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Go online. Find out who offers the CPR/First aid, and pre-daycare services. We have a DHS office in Oregon that does the testing, home inspections, and paperwork all in one spot... Look for something like that! Also, you will need to make sure that your house is BABY proof. Even if you won't have babies it will be expected. Any rooms where kids will be, outlet covers, baby gates on stairs, covered fireplaces, etc.

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Whitney - posted on 04/15/2014

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Also I'm running an in home daycare of my own and have a 9 month old of my own and absolutely love it. Make sure to get emergency contact information and what to do or where to take them if something happens. Get it in writting just in case. Look on craigslist to see what other daycare providers are charging in your area and see what you can offer that others don't like flexibility or a living on a working farm to keep the kids entertained, etc. Where I'm from and where my mom lives most daycares charge about $25-$30 a day per kid or $3 an hour per kid. Some will even do a flat rate. I don't like to because it scares off part time moms. I just posted a flyer at the post office, a convenient store, and a local library in a town of 400. It had my name, a pic, contact info, and said I was a cna for 5 years, and that I came from a religious background, and I had 3 kids from 2 different moms in about a week. Good luck!

Whitney - posted on 04/15/2014

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Ha ha you don't need early childhood education unless you want to start a professional preschool and even then I don't know if it's required necessarily for that. Washington law states I can babysit up to 3 kids for money with one of my own or 2 kids with two of my own etc without a daycare license. Idaho where my mom is running an in home daycare you can have six kids with an unlimited amount of your own. So it depends on state law. It always helps to be a state certified day care provider because then they know you've had a background check and your house is safe. My mom couldn't get certified because she didn't have a fully fenced yard and lived out in the middle of no where so who would have cared? She had 6 kids for about 4 years but that was more than enough to make it worth it for her. Hope that helps.

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