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The Series: How to Run a Business from Home Part One -Daycare-

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Summary

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 🙂

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12 thoughts on “The Series: How to Run a Business from Home Part One -Daycare-

  1. Hi Sylvia – Very interesting post on running a day care. i have thee children of my own, of which two are grown up. Anyone who wants to look after other peoples children needs a medal.
    That said it is a necessary profession and as you say done right can be very worthwhile.
    Great post
    Mark

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your lovely comment and your words of encouragement. This is what I love to achieve with my posts, people who can see the value in their work they are doing. 🙂

      Sylvia

  2. Hi Sylvia,

    I know a couple of people who run day care from home so I know it can be very rewarding. However, the main thing that seems to cause upset to the carers is the changes in the law restricting how much physical interaction you can have with a child.

    For example: giving the child a hug when they are upset. In certain countries, this is no longer allowed if the child is not your own. Unless you are supervised by another adult who is not linked to your family. This also happens in preschool. So sad.

    This is all based on previous bad events as you mentioned so the rules are, rightly, very stringent.

    Having said that, as long as the rules for registration are followed is can be a very rewarding business to run from home.

    Lis.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for bringing this up about restrictions. I do have a bit of a different view on this subject not hugging a child.

      Although I do applaud new regulations and laws which are preventing child abuse and other cruelties done by adults towards children, I also still believe in normal commons sense.

      Who wouldn’t take a child in its arms when it is crying or got hurt etc.? These are normal human behavior and making them illegal sounds really silly. But, this is the result of a manic overprotection we are living in.

      I know, there could be more discussed on this topic, but in the end we won’t find more clarity on the subject either.

      Thanks for your great input. 🙂

      Sylvia

  3. This is a well needed niche and you’ll have repeat visitors because you are writing it as a “series”. As a working mother having my child at daycare and after school programs, this topic is near to my heart. You’ve touched nicely on looking into the legalities and registering, however, you may want to discuss other issues too. For example: 1) How to put a resume together to promote your new business. 2) How to obtain new clients. 3) What background you should have to care for small children i.e. knowing CPR. 4) What experience/classes you should have before getting started to insure the trust of new parents. 5) What are space requirements for the number of children you’ll be caring for? And what do you need to provide in that space? 6) What will you provide for sleeping arrangements for naps? and 7) If caring for older children, will you be taking them on field trips? What’s required with this endeavor? A few suggestions that I think will make this site quite beneficial.
    Karen

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thank you for your comment and your thoughts. As you have read in my article that there are so many different regulations and laws, and I always make clear that to do your due diligence to find out what are the requirements in the area someone lives.

      There are certainly lots of topics inside this article which could be explained more in depth in the future.

      Sylvia

  4. Most (all) parents want their child to have the best care when they are not around. I agree with you that running a daycare is a huge responsibility and takes a lot of commitment. For years, I studied then worked with preschool children. The most important thing I learned was you are not a babysitter. These kids today must be taught in a structured way how to learn all types of skills (social, math, reading, etc.). The costs involved opening a daycare today can be prohibitive and the licensing can take several months. I would suggest if you are wanting to go into this field start by working for someone else to get a feel for what is involved. It might be an eye opener for some and cause you to change your mind. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Rick for sharing your thoughts and experience.

      As you have read in my article I always say if an interest is given you have to do your own due diligence about rules and regulations of running a daycare business.

      My example of running a daycare includes only the regulation of the province Ontario, which has a guide book for people who have an interest in doing so.

      I appreciate your idea to volunteer first before make a decision of running a daycare business.

      I really appreciate your comment.

      Sylvia

  5. reliable and decent day care is certainly hard to find and to hold onto. I know when my son was young I had individual people providing this service out of their homes and I was lucky to find two qualified people that I was really happy with. Now a days people have the help of cameras to keep watch over their day care provider. Your site holds valuable information, thank you, I will look forward to part 2

    1. Hi Angela,

      Thank you for your valuable comment on this subject. I agree with you 100% because I also see how my step-son and his wife had a hard time in the beginning to find a qualified, reliable and secure day care provider.

      Nowadays you have to watch out for everything.

      Sylvia

  6. Hi Sylvia.
    I love kids, and I have 2 of my own…. BUT I honestly would never be interested in running a daycare from home for a number of reasons.
    The first being I would be way too scared to take responsibility for other people’s children, what a huge responsibility! I mean I am very responsible and would take good care of them but what if something did happen? I would be too scared to take this risk.
    The other thing is that I have my own 2 young kids, I like sending them to daycare lol, I just need some time out! Kids are so demanding and you need to give them everything you have all day, I am just not prepared to give of myself like that, certainly not to other peoples children. Did that sound bad? Umm it wasn’t meant to sound bad hahaha.
    Then the earning potential can’t be very high I imagine?
    However that sad I know this can be a really wonderful idea for some moms that have less options available than I do, some moms love this type of thing!

    1. Hi Lynne,

      You are right, it isn’t easy taking care of other people’s children, it certainly comes with lots of responsibilities.

      However, working from home has more to offer then just running a daycare. You may check out my other articles on potential home businesses I have written about. 🙂

      Sylvia

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