How to Start a Home Based Daycare

Step-by-Step to a New Career


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Starting a home based daycare can be done simply once you know the steps involved.

Once you have contacted the county agency in your area that handles child care licensing, browse the articles on this page and others to get all the other information you'll need.

Follow the links below to learn everything else you'll need to know to achieve an in-home daycare you will be proud to call your own. While starting your own home daycare may seem like a lot of work, broken down into manageable steps it is possible to have a new career in a matter of a few months.




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Daycare Advertising

Find lots of simple ways to let everyone know there is a new home based daycare. Learn to market your daycare well, so your enrollment is filled year-round.

The Daycare Interview

Be prepared for your daycare interview. Learn how to set up your home and conduct an interview.

Learn what questions to ask parents and what questions parents will ask you.


Daycare Insurance

All insurance is not the same. Find out exactly what you need to know to protect yourself... before you buy.


Daycare Supply List

You have your first children starting Monday morning. What are the absolute essentials you need to get started?


Daycare Bookkeeping

This mundane chore is a must-do for all daycare providers. How to make it easy right from the start so you are not overwhelmed later on.


Daycare Provider Burnout

Home daycare is a career where burnout can and does happen. There are steps to take from the start to help prevent this from being a problem for you.

See my START A DAYCARE page for more articles...

  • Daycare Licensing Requirements
  • Are you the right person for the job?
  • What type of daycare is right for you?
  • Planning your own unique daycare
  • Choosing a Business name


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  • Advice to New Providers
  • Making a Child's First Day go Smoothly
  • Potty Training
  • Guidance Issues
  • Keeping Daycare Parents Happy
  • and MUCH more...

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