How to Set Up a Child Care Business at Home

A child care business can be a viable option if you have experience with children and want to work from home. With a little planning, you can turn your home into a fun, safe environment for children who need care while their parents are at work or school. To set up a child care business, you'll need to decide which parts of your home are best for your business, obtain some basic equipment and secure licensing.

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Check the laws in your state to learn the basic requirements for starting a child care business in your home and how many children you can accept. You can obtain this information from the agency responsible for child care licensing in your state. In some states, a basic family day care home can accept up to six children at one time, and a group day care home can accept up to 10 or 12.

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Make sure you meet the minimum requirements to be a home child care provider. Many states have age and education requirements.

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Decide how many children you will supervise in your home. This may depend not only on your personal preferences but also on the maximums in your state. For example, if you will care for more than a couple of infants, some states will require you to have a helper. If you are caring for older children, however, your state may allow you to care for several without additional help.

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评估您提供的幼儿园。例如,您可以使用您的餐厅供餐时间和您的起居室进行游乐区。但是,如果您有地下室,您可能会设置播放和午睡时间。有些日子护理提供者甚至可以使用客房或家庭成员的卧室睡午图。如果您有院子,您也可能会为播放区域使用它。

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Purchase toys, games, books and child-sized furniture for your home child care business. If you will care for infants, you may purchase highchairs and playpens, but toddlers may need such things as booster chairs and nap cots.

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获得托儿家庭许可证。这通常涉及填写申请,支付费用并提交背景检查。您也可能必须提交给健康考试,并有一名医生证明您处于良好的整体健康和不传达的疾病。有些国家也有方向,所有育儿许可证都必须参加,您也可能需要提交给房屋检查。

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Speak with an insurance agent about the type of insurance you will need to run a home-based child care business. You will typically need property damage coverage as well as liability insurance to cover you in the event that a child, parent or helper is hurt on your premises. In some cases, you can have a rider added to your homeowner's or rental policy that covers the business use of your home. However, there are also policies that are designed specifically for in-home daycare businesses. In addition, your insurance agent may advise you to upgrade your car insurance to include business use of your vehicle if you will transport children in it.

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Set business hours. Many child care businesses are open from 6 or 7 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. to accommodate the varying needs of working parents. You may also consider offering overnight care for the children of parents who work evenings.

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Determine what you will charge for child care. Learning what other businesses are charging for child care in your area may help you set competitive prices.

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Create forms for your child care business. You may need to create enrollment forms, emergency contact forms and statements about your child care business policies.

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Advertise your child care business. Place ads in local newspapers, and post fliers in places parents frequent. For example, a grocery, library or laundromat bulletin board may be a good place to catch the eye of parents in need of child care.