In this series, I like to show you how you can run a business from home in different occupational categories.
Today, I talk about DAYCARE.
Do you have children of your own or just love children?
If this is the case and you want to have a business by working from home, this could be something you might consider doing.
Taking care of children certainly requires absolute a matured attitude on your part. Taking care of someone else’s child involves lots of responsibilities and honest commitment.
After all, you are responsible for the children’s safety and well-being when they are in your custody.
If you can provide all this and thought of doing it as a full or part-time business, then go for it and get more information about the requirements.
The requirements for running a daycare service
Every country, province or state, even municipalities, has their own rules and regulation for running a daycare and being licensed.
This, of course, is indisputable since nothing can be more important than the well-being of a child.
I can’t tell you how the requirements are in your region, there you have to contact the local authorities and get the information you will need.
Here, in the province of Ontario in Canada, the provincial government has a Guide created which will answer the questions for the person who has an interest in going this road.
Examples of daycare services
First, you have to make sure which kind of daycare service you are thinking about and like to do.
Here are 4 possibilities you can research further:
- Baby-sitting (being a self-employed caregiver)
- Daycare service for older children (outside of school hours)
- Nanny service (live-in, the child could be living with you from Monday-Friday)
- Caregiver for special needs children (down syndrome, autism etc.)
All these different types of services have their own requirements and laws.
Usually, when we are talking about daycare (babysitting) it is mostly with children who are infants or toddlers, under the age of 10.
In the Province of Ontario, you can have a maximum of 5 children taking care of when you and your facility, where you will work from (your home), do meet the provincial requirements.
How much can you charge for your service?
This will depend on where you live (city or countryside) and how high or low the demand will be for your services.
But, here are some figures where you can go from there and do some research on your own and what applies to the region you are living.
$ 30.00 to $ 75.00 a day per child is certainly not overpriced depending where you live and which service are you offer.
Some caregivers will give a discount for the second child and so on.
It is also a part of negotiating when you have to put more than one child into daycare.
If this will apply to you being a caregiver, get some quotes first. Being reasonable is one thing, but after all, you are running a business and you want people who can afford you and your service.
Building a reputation
When you start a daycare service, having met all the requirements by law, perhaps being licensed as well, the next step will be to build up your reputation.
In the past, some ugly cases have come to the surface about “bad” daycare., no one wants this for sure.
Like I said before, taking care of someone else’s child isn’t easy and will need a mature personality to deal with it.
But, if you up to the challenge and you can see yourself of being a daycare caregiver, then, by all means, do it.
If you build up your reputation over time, you will never run out of work.
Every parent wants its child being taking care of in a good and secure environment.
Again, when daycare is something you want to pursue, do your own due diligence by getting all the information you will need.
Go to the department, which is responsible for your business and ask for something like a “START UP GUIDE“.
But, first you have to make sure what kind of services you really like to offer and if you can supply the necessary requirements.
Perhaps even get an “Early Childhood Daycare” education.
It isn’t necessary, just yet, but will also boost your reputation and possibilities much quicker.
Whatever you choose to be happy, enjoy the fruits of your labor.
If you have more questions or even some experiences to share, I would appreciate if you could leave a comment below.
Have always a wonderful day 🙂