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How to Start and Run a Daycare Service

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Finding quality daycare these days is not always easy. Working parents are constantly seeking educated and experienced childcare providers to meet the needs of their children. There has been and always will be a need for home daycare settings for children, and for those willing to start a home daycare business, there is already an existing market waiting for your services.

Creating a safe, stimulating, and caring environment for children is one of the most important aspects of starting a home daycare business. Becoming a childcare professional requires a little bit of research, the ability to obtain adequate licensing, and the capability of learning how to run and operate a business from your home. 

This course provides individuals with the basics necessary to start a home daycare business - from defining your aptitudes, motivations, and capabilities to the necessary legal requirements involved in starting a home daycare business. This course will help interested individuals learn about training, insurance, startup needs and costs as well as the need to assess what age groups might be best suited to your personality.

From setting ground rules to dealing with parents and providing nutritious meals and stimulating activities for children of all ages, this home daycare business course will take you through every step of the process to ensure your success.  From learning about first aid training to dealing with behavior problems and difficult parents, students of this home daycare business course will learn how to start, maintain and grow their business step by step.
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  • Lesson 1: Making Plans

    Starting a home daycare business is literally a labor of love.This first lesson will address issues of starting costs and motivations for starting your own home daycare business.
  • Lesson 2: Licensing and Registering Your Daycare Business

    It is the responsibility of every daycare provider to know what the local and state requirements are and to follow them.
  • Lesson 3: Preparing Your Home for Business

    Basic startup needs and costs will be determined by a variety of factors, including your location, the number of children you decide to care for, as well as their age range.
  • Lesson 4: Safety First!

    Regardless of the ages of the children a daycare provider decides upon, children of all ages must be able to enjoy a safe and protected environment.
  • Lesson 5: Setting Ground Rules

    This lesson will cover meeting new parents and children, the importance of maintaining accurate records, and the necessity of certain types of forms to prepare for your home daycare business.
  • Lesson 6: Structure Basics

    This lesson will briefly cover some of the basic care that home daycare providers should offer in their business that are geared to meet individual needs and age brackets.
  • Lesson 7: Dealing with Behaviors

    Daycare providers must also learn proper policies and procedures in terms of discipline so that harmony in the daycare setting is provided as well as satisfaction from parents.
  • Lesson 8: Dealing with Parents

    In this lesson, we will discuss different parental concerns regarding daycares, as well as the childcare provider's concerns in terms of running their business.
  • Lesson 9: Problem Solving Techniques

    This lesson focuses on several problem-solving techniques that may help childcare providers deal not only with children's bad habits, but those of parents as well.
  • Lesson 10: The Importance of Support

    Being able to admit that and you may need some extra help or support is essential in maintaining a smoothly functioning day care business as well as providing emotional and physical support for your own health.
  • Lesson 11: Marketing Your Business

    Understanding basic marketing strategies will help your business grow at a pace that you can easily manage.

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Course Title: How to Start and Run a Daycare Service
Course Number: 7550140
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructor
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Establish a plan to start a daycare service.
  • Summarize licensing and registering requirements for your daycare business.
  • Describe preparing your home for business.
  • Summarize safety requirements before doing anything else.
  • Summarize ground rules, structure, basics, and dealing with behaviors.
  • Summarize strategies for dealing with parents.
  • Describe ways to market the business, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment1
Quiz for Lesson 1: Making PlansExam10
Lesson 2: Legal Requirements for DayCareAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 2: Licensing and Registering Your Daycare BusinessExam10
Lesson 3: Basic Startup Needs of Daycare BusinessAssignment25
Quiz for Lesson 3: Preparing Your Home for BusinessExam10
Lesson 4: Childproofing in DayCare CenterAssignment2
Quiz for Lesson 4: Safety First!Exam10
Quiz for Lesson 5: Setting Ground RulesExam10
Quiz for Lesson 6: Structure BasicsExam9
Quiz for Lesson 7: Dealing with BehaviorsExam10
Quiz for Lesson 8: Dealing with ParentsExam10
Quiz for Lesson 9: Problem Solving TechniquesExam10
Lesson 10: Support from Family and FriendsAssignment2
Quiz for Lesson 10: The Importance of SupportExam10
Quiz for Lesson 11: Marketing Your BusinessExam10
The Final ExamExam54
Total Points:218

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Student Testimonials

  • "I really enjoyed taking this class. My experience as a mother helped me with this class. I have been trying to figure out what I want to do with myself, and I think I want to work with children. I thought the instructor did an EXCELLENT job!" -- Kathleen C.
  • "Thank you for the help. It was good experience and I really enjoyed learning new things for myself." -- Olga G.
  • "Thank you for providing this course to those who want to continue their education." -- Breana T.
  • "I found the whole course to be very helpful in helping me to start my own home daycare business." -- Amanda L.
  • "THE WHOLE COURSE WAS GREAT!" -- Gretchen S.
  • "A very informative course covering the basics on how to start a home daycare." -- Tracy C.
  • "I particularly liked the last lesson because I was struggling with the marketing aspect of my daycare." -- Meghan S.
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