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Setting Up Your Own Home Daycare


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Operating a home daycare facility is a little different from operating a daycare facility as you will be sharing your living space with your business. There are a few factors to take into consideration when operating a home based daycare:

Regulatory issues affecting home daycares

You need to check with your local authorities on the legalities and licensing requirements to operate a home day care facility.

Your family's views on your home daycare

If you have young children at home, you will need to know what will be the impact of your home day care business on your children. Some children might not be receptive to the idea of “sharing" their mommy or toys with other children. You might need to speak with them and explain to them what you are intending to do. And unless you are operating from a garage or in backroom that is away from the main house, you will need to discuss and solicit for feedback from the rest of your family members on the impact of your home day care on their daily lives.

Staffing for your home daycare

Even if you are intending to operate your home daycare without hiring any staff, you will need to ensure that additional help is available on days when you are sick or if there is an emergency.

Insuring your home for your home daycare

As you are sharing your place of stay with your work, you should also consider purchasing liability insurance to protect your property against accidents.

Renovating for your home daycare

Unless your home is completely child proof, you might need to do some minor renovations prior to starting your home day care business such as fences, fire extinguisher, sharp edges, non-slip bathroom tiles etc.

Accounting for home daycare businesses

The benefit of operating a home day care facility is now you can share some of the household expenses such as the rental, utilities, etc with the business and you will probably be less stressed about breaking even as compared to a daycare centre.

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