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Home Daycare Setup Tips And Organization

Interested In Starting Home Daycare?

Whether you are a parent looking to open your home to more children or specifically an early childhood educator, here are some tips to turn your home into an educational center without the chaos…

First, why would you want to start a home daycare?

Home daycare is one of the few businesses that can be easily started without enormous upfront expenses. It is a business that you can build over time. Best of all, you’ll notice the benefits right away.

  • You will have the opportunity to spend more time with your own children.
  • You will be your own boss with your own business and be able to set your own hours.
  • You will have a positive impact on children and will be earning an income at the same time. ~SimplyDaycare

Before you decide, visit another home daycare provider and ask questions.

A family day care is more than babysitting. Spend a few days shadowing another provider to see what the daily tasks entail. In addition to providing basic child care, you must structure your day to include activities for different age groups:

  • Free play
  • Arts and crafts
  • Storytime
  • Quiet play
  • Outdoor play
  • Educational activities
  • Musical activities
  • Physical activities

Weighing The Pros and Cons

Everyone has their own reasons for considering home daycare.  This is my list of pros and cons of starting an in-home daycare that I put together from my own experience and conversations with fellow providers.  I’m sure there are things that could be added or may not apply in every situation… ~Where Imagination Grows



Licensing and Regulations

Before starting your home daycare you will need to look into licensing requirements & regulations in your area. Requirements & regulations differ depending on your province or state. This aspect of the daycare business may seem overwhelming for some early childhood caregivers. An important point to keep in mind is that licensing requirements are not complex regulations but rules that will make your job easier. ~How To Run A Home Daycare

Free Play Yet Order In A Home Daycare

Jode, from Mummy Musings and Mayhem, makes use of shelving with baskets to keep materials handy and her living area more organized.

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At the end of the day I pack everything into their baskets or place back on the shelves and I feel instantly decluttered and able to reclaim my home. Well, at least until my twosome decide to rearrange and play with everything again after the FDC kids have gone but that’s another ‘challenge’ Let us not speak of it again ?
I do a quick clean up with the kids before lunch (it’s important they are shown how to pack up and look after their space) and then another pick up when the kids all leave. It only takes 20 minutes or so but it really helps my mindset to see everything put away.
Another wonderful storage idea comes via iHeart Organizing
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An Educator’s Guide to Creating Learning Spaces in Small Places, My Small Potatoes

Setting up a space to accommodate 6 young children within my living space has indeed, been a challenge. After a year of trial and error, I think I’ve about got it! Our days run smoothly, clean-up is relatively simple, and the kids are happy.

home daycare organization


It can take some creativity, but you can keep the comfort of your home while adding educational items for the kids in your care!

Additional Resource: Home Daycare setup on Pinterest

Mostly Free Ways To Advertise

Home Daycare How To’s: Top Ten Mostly Free Ways To Advertise, Welcome To The Zoo

When I started up my own home daycare, I didn’t have a ton of money to do it with.  So, I got a little creative when it came to advertising.  If you really look into it, there are lots of ways to let people know about your services.

home daycare advertising


Do your research, but don’t be afraid to get started. Caring for little ones is oh so challenging, but can be greatly rewarding too. Ready for the home daycare venture?


Freelance Blogger at
Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at
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