How to Start a Home Child Care/Day Care Business

Are you wanting to start a home day care business? Would you like to earn income by caring for children from your home? Do you enjoy baby-sitting and want to make a living out of it? Here are some tips on how to start a child care business at home.
How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #1: Check out the requirements and regulations in your state.

Before you do anything else, check on the requirements for home child care centers in your state. One of the easiest ways to find out what is allowed in your state is to visit daycare.com and click on “state licensing requirements.” It will provide you with detailed information, including the licensing agency to contact. The website also provides helpful information regarding licensing. Be sure to check out the FAQs section under licensing.

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #2: Read books about starting a home day care center.

Another helpful tip is to be sure to read books that cover the ins and outs of running a child care center. There are several books available on Amazon.com such as How to Open and Operate Your Home Day Care Business Without Going Nuts by Teri Simmons. You might also be able to find some books at your local library.

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #3: Buy Additional Furniture, Toys and Supplies.

You’ll need to make sure that you have all of the supplies necessary before you have your first child. That might mean visiting garage sales, looking on eBay, scouting out sales, etc. You will need additional high chairs, toys, cribs, etc. depending on the age of the children you will be accepting.

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #4: Determine How Many Children You Will Accept.

Ideally, if you can afford it, it is best to start with a small number of children and then work your way up. This will allow you for time to deal with the stress of starting a new business, allow you to spend more one-on-one time with the kids and more. You must determine how many children

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #5: Set Your Rate.

Now comes the fun part – deciding how much you will charge. While you do need to set a reasonable and fair price, you should charge what you feel your services are worth. Some parents may actually be more willing to use a day care that had higher rates. Some feel that higher rates mean better quality of service. (That being said, you should provide top quality service, no matter what your rate is.) Check with other moms in the area to determine what the average rate is.

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #6: Join Online Forums for Other At-Home Daycare Providers

A great way to find support is to join online support forums for other home day care owners. Read “Running A Home Day Care: Online Support Forums for Home Child Care Providers” for a list.

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #7: Plan a Schedule.

It is great to have an idea of your schedule before you accept your first child. It will be something you can show to the parents when they are considering your center. Obviously, your schedule will be flexible. For ideas, read “Sample Home Day Care Schedule for Toddlers or Preschoolers.”

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #8: Buy Day Care Insurance.

Remember, as a childcare provider, you are liable for their care. Sometimes accidents can happen, even if you do everything right . That is why it is crucial to have insurance. Daycare.com has a link for daycare insurance referrals, but can only help residents of certain states. You might also try www.morganinsurance.com. If you own your home, ask your homeowner’s insurance representative what is covered under your homeowner’s policy.

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #9: Advertise

When you think you are ready to start accepting children, it’s time to advertise! For ideas on where to advertise, please read “Where to Advertise Your Home Day Care or Child Care Business.” Word of mouth is probably the best way to advertise.

How to Start a Home Day Care Tip #10: Accept Children Slowly

If you can afford it, its best not to accept 6 kids at once. Perhaps accept two and see how it goes for a few weeks, and then allow yourself to accept more. It is better to slowly dive into the business. Expect that you will have some growing pains, and it will be a learning process as your business thrives.

If you are needing creative activity ideas to do with the children, please read “Creative Ways to Amuse and Entertain Toddlers: Relieve Boredom and Have Fun.” You might also check out “Preschool Circle Time Activities and Ideas to Do Everyday.” Good luck and have fun!

Diets: Do They Really Work?

Americans spend an estimated $40 billion dollars a year on diets, fitness equipment and heath club memberships, yet the number of overweight Americans continues to rise. Although studies indicate that Americans are eating “better” now than they were in the late 1980’s, there are still an estimated 58 million overweight adults in America.
There are a number of reasons Americans are still gaining weight in spite of the diet craze and eating “better.” The Surgeon General’s office released a report on the state of American health calling this trend in increasing body fat “an epidemic.” Americans just aren’t eating healthy enough, period. The healthy eating index shows that 88% of Americans have diets that are poor or need improvement. Less than 20% of people meet the daily recommendation for fruits and vegetables and only 26% meet the daily recommendation for dairy products.

In addition to America’s failure to eat healthier, America is “disgustingly overfed.” Americans overeat, gain weight, diet and gain back even more weight. Fad diets aren’t helping the sad state of America’s health either. Plain and simple, diets spell disaster, especially ones promising “quick” results.

Studies indicate that 99% of diets fail in the long run. In spite of the odds, people continue to try everything from the grapefruit diet to the blood type diet. These diets fail mainly because they only offer a short-term solution to a problem that has existed for decades for many Americans–over indulgence.

Diets such as the Scarsdale diet offer a strict two-week program that promises to help you lose up to a pound a day. After 14 days, the dieter gets to loosen up a bit and eat a little more for 2 more weeks. After that, it’s up to the dieter. My question is this: how can 4 weeks of dieting erase a lifetime full of overindulgence and unhealthy food choices? The Scarsdale diet does help take the weight off, but in order to keep it off, you would have to be on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life – no rice, no potatoes, no sweets, no butter, no whole milk, no cream and the list goes on and on. The Atkins diet preaches low-carb and high protein and high fat as the key to successful weight loss. According to Sara Bolduc, R.D., “the lack of carbs in this diet sends you into starvation mode.” Because of this, metabolism slows, glycogen stores deplete and you end up burning protein and muscle tissue. In simple terms, you lose lean muscle tissue. The body ends up in a state of ketosis, which is not a good state for the body to be in because ketones can be toxic to your body.

Then there’s the sugar busters diet that claims sugar is toxic to your body. This claim is not founded. The Dean Ornish diet is basically a vegetarian diet and the fat content is less than 10%. Because the majority of Americans are non-vegetarian, this is a very difficult diet for most people to stick to.

Sara Bolduc says, “a diet is bad if it eliminates major food groups,” and she goes on to say that, “a diet is a gimmick if there’s a “time limit” and a diet is a “fad diet” if it goes against the food pyramid.” So, there is no such thing as a “bad” food and the key to eating healthy is “based” on the food pyramid and practicing moderation. Remember, the fundamental concept of everyday nutrition is the serving size.

The portion savvy diet is as close to a realistic diet as you can get in the world of diets. Entire food groups are not omitted, food combining is not an issue and you don’t have to consult a menu each day to find out what you “can” eat. You simply eat “normal” serving sizes and try to do some form of exercise each day. These are things that people are more likely to stick to long-term.

Panelists for the American Dietetic Association suggest that Americans should refocus their health treatment FROM weight loss TO weight management.

The ADA recommends setting the following goals:

  1. Gradual change to a healthful eating style, with an increased intake of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
  2. Gradual increase to at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
  3. Lifelong commitment to healthful lifestyle behaviors.

When approaching weight loss and becoming healthy avoid fad diets and don’t look for a quick fix. Instead take a look at what you’re eating and how much exercise you are getting. Also, moderation is the key here. Remember, most people who lose weight too quickly gain it back, and then some.