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 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 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. has a link for daycare insurance referrals, but can only help residents of certain states. You might also try 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!