Online Class: How to Start and Run a Home-Based Daycare Service

Creating a safe, stimulating, and caring environment for children is one of the most important aspects of starting a home daycare business.

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Course Description

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.

Course Motivation

Starting a home daycare business is literally a labor of love. It's not the highest paying job that a person can find, nor is it the easiest, not by a long or vivid stretch of the imagination. Many people opt to work out of their home in order to save money on gas and other expenses that are involved in outside employment. Because of this, many individuals decide to get in the childcare business because startup costs are minimal, and there'll always be a demand for your services, no matter where you live. However, there are many questions that any individual starting a home daycare business should ask before jumping in feet first. Our first lesson is going to go over some of those questions, as well as address issues of starting costs and motivations for starting your own home daycare business. 

Are You Ready, Willing and Able?

Many people decide to get involved in child daycare because they need the extra money. Others love children of all ages and backgrounds and want to do their part in helping friends or other family members with babysitting needs. Since many individuals starting a home daycare business are already mothers with small children at home, they feel properly equipped and perfectly able to help take care of several neighborhood children, as well as the children of friends and family members.

As with any job, starting a home daycare business has its benefits as well as drawbacks. The responsibility and demands of a full time job taking care of the needs of a wide range of children on a daily basis may be extremely tiring and frustrating at times. However, those experienced in home daycare also are the very same people who say they have never felt so rewarded or needed in their lives.

One of the main requirements of a child caregiver is to be able to love other children in addition to your own, if you have children already. Some childcare givers are young, others middle-aged, while others are heading toward their senior years. What do they have in common that enables them to motivate themselves day after day to take care of the needs and demands of squalling infants, demanding toddlers, or preschoolers with special needs? Perhaps they all have extra 'love genes' or doses of patience or just plain like being around children all day.

There is no college degree or program that can actually teach child day care providers. Such care is provided with the experience and education that develops through caring for all types of children with all types of needs. Every child will come with his or her own set of challenges.

While it is certainly advisable that anyone wishing to start a home daycare business consider taking basic classes in child development, it is not a requirement for many states. Our next lesson will focus on licensing and registration requirements in a multitude of environments, but this lesson will focus on the mental and emotional motivations and skills that are necessary to be a successful home daycare provider.

Caregivers are able to offer a multitude of abilities and talents as well as valuable objects of support to parents seeking your services. You'll be required to wear many hats in your job a childcare provider, including referee, cook, nurse, and teacher. However, those very same traits and skills are necessary for any mother, so perhaps it's not such a stretch of the imagination.

Since studies have shown that the majority of home daycare providers are women, we will, for the duration of this course, use the feminine pronoun when discussing scenarios or issues that concern all caregivers. This is not meant to lessen the contributions of many supportive spouses, friends or loved ones, but merely to offer a more personal course of instruction involved in the basics of home daycare.

Assessing Aptitude
There are a multitude of questions that anyone interested in starting a home daycare business should ask of herself before venturing into such a demanding, yet rewarding business.

·        Do you have energy to spare?

·        Do you enjoy being around children other than your own?

·        Are you patient and tolerant of others?

·        Are you willing to put up with a messy house?

·        Are you calm in an emergency?

·        Are you sensitive to the needs of others?

·        Are you able to provide a sense of continuity to children of all ages?

Of course, those are just a few of the many questions that anyone interested in starting a home daycare business should seriously consider. In addition, anyone interested in providing daycare to children must discuss the wide variety of issues (such as privacy) that may be involved with husbands, wives, siblings, or other family members who share the house where the services will be provided.

Aptitude to perform the many jobs and skills necessary in providing daycare is not the only consideration that needs to be thoroughly examined and discussed with other family members. You will also need to decide whether you're going to be self-employed or affiliate yourself with an agency that provides childcare services.

Many community groups as well as religious organizations regularly recruit caregivers to provide daycare services in communities around the country. While they often help with the startup of the business and provide training and some supervision, individuals who go this route should know beforehand that the agency will collect the fees from parents, and you will be paid a predetermined amount per child.

While this type of association may be beneficial to some and offers the benefit of supplies such as those necessary for teaching, arts and crafts, equipment, books, and toys, a person may have to take more children than initially planned for to meet their monetary goals.

Many experienced home daycare providers suggest that those first entering the field began with such an agency. While there may be state and federal guidelines and budgets that you may be required to follow, adequate support is always available, as are substitutes to take your place if you are sick, as well as the potential of offering insurance coverage and other needs.

However, those who decide to go into business for themselves are able to enjoy the benefits of being home with their own children and enjoying an increased income. Best of all, you can be your own boss. It is really up to each individual to decide which way to go, but talking to others who are experienced in the daycare business, as well as accessing resources to local or state governmental agencies for guidance is always a good idea.

Starting Costs 

Can you afford to start a home daycare business? What kind of equipment do you need? In addition to determining the type of fees you're going to charge for your services, one of the first considerations to starting a home daycare business is the need for basic equipment. For example, equipment and supplies will be different depending on the age groups you're going to be caring for.

Some equipment and supplies and toys will be different for infants and toddlers than the needs required by preschoolers and school-age children. However, two basic essentials for all age groups will be a box or container in which each child can store his or her personal belongings and a clothes hamper that may be used for dirty and soiled clothes.

Equipment and supplies for infants and toddlers may range from safety gates to playpens to rocking chairs, high chairs, and baby walkers, changing tables, cribs, sheets or crib bumpers.

Equipment and toys appropriate for preschoolers and school-age children may include puzzles, climbing toys, small tables and chairs, arts and crafts supplies, pails and shovels, sandbox, just to name a few.

To help with equipment and toys, caregivers are encouraged to let family, friends and church groups know that donations will be gladly accepted. However, do make it clear that you don't want any equipment, toys, or supplies that have been damaged or are missing any pieces.

Feeding, sleeping, and play areas will need to be determined for the ages and needs of all the children you will be caring for on a daily basis. Determining how much of your family home is going to be used for providing childcare also needs to be discussed and agreed upon with other family members.

Examining your motivations for wanting to start a home daycare business as well as your capability and ability to do so need to be thoroughly assessed before you consider yourself open for business. After you have determined that you are more than capable of opening your own home daycare business, you will need to verify any licensing or registration requirements in your locality. Our next lesson will address this issue as well as any legal or home requirements that you may need to be aware of prior to receiving your first client.
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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(595 votes)

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. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Starting a DayCare; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 1: Making Plans

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 2: Licensing and Registering Your Daycare Business

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 3: Preparing Your Home for Business

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 4: Safety First!

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 5: Setting Ground Rules

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. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Daily Schedules and Activities of DayCare
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 6: Structure Basics

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 7: Dealing with Behaviors

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 8: Dealing with Parents

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 9: Problem Solving Techniques

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 10: The Importance of Support

Lesson 11: Marketing Your Business

Understanding basic marketing strategies will help your business grow at a pace that you can easily manage. 64 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Starting DayCare; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Quiz for Lesson 11: Marketing Your Business
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: How to Start and Run a Home-Based Daycare Service
Course Number: 7550140
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (595 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: April 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.4 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 Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $80.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "All of the lessons were helpful to me!" -- Tamaron C.
  • "I particularly liked the last lesson because I was struggling with the marketing aspect of my daycare." -- Meghan S.
  • "A very informative course covering the basics on how to start a home daycare." -- Tracy C.
  • "THE WHOLE COURSE WAS GREAT!" -- Gretchen S.
  • "I found the whole course to be very helpful in helping me to start my own home daycare business." -- Amanda L.
  • "Thank you for providing this course to those who want to continue their education." -- Breana T.
  • "Thank you for the help. It was good experience and I really enjoyed learning new things for myself." -- Olga G.
  • "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.
  • "The whole content was very well presented. Thanks." -- Evangeline A.

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