3 Things to know before opening your Dayhome Doors
January 20, 2014
So, you’ve been thinking about starting a dayhome. However, like any new job, what to do and how to do it can be completely overwhelming! So many questions buzzing around your brain.
We’ve been getting a lot of these questions lately, about what you need to do to start a dayhome. I’ve done my best to answer these questions, and compiled them below for everyone’s reading pleasure!
1. How do I start a dayhome? What about private vs. licensed with an agency?
If you wish to be a licensed and registered dayhome with an agency, there will be a range of requirements from them. There is a basic list of requirements that the government requires for licensed dayhomes, but each agency will have their own specific requirements. You would have to contact the agency you wish to work with to find out what the requirements are.
2. How do I make sure the basics are covered?
Regardless of which route you choose, you need to make sure that you have a space available for the children with a range of age appropriate toys, a plan for meals and snacks, an idea of activities, games, crafts, etc you would like to do with the kids. You also need to know what age range of kids you want to take in. Some dayhomes are only open for kids over 2, some providers absolutely LOVE the baby age and focus there.
You need to ensure your home is safe for children. Baby gates in place, plug covers on the plugs, dangerous/poisonous products put away safely out of reach.
3. What paperwork, documents, & insurance will I need?
Make sure you have all the paperwork you will need – contracts, forms, schedules, meal plans, book keeping papers, etc. We have a contract and document package which contains all of this. It is a one-time fee of $50. You can find this at http://shop.
Then, you need to get the word out there that you are open for business! Registering with us is a great way to do that. We advertise all our new dayhomes on Facebook, you can feature yourself on our homepage for an extra $5/month, and you are welcome to post available spaces on our Facebook page as well.
Registering with us will cost you $50/year, and we provide quarterly workshops and learning sessions, which are $20 each – however, you get the first one free with registration. Register today at http://dayhomeregistry.com/billing/signup
We also provide a Start Up Package designed with you in mind! $150 gives you all the materials you will need, articles to read, registration on the site and 3 months of featuring.