Starting a daycare service is a rewarding business idea. If you want to start a home daycare, you need to have the right skills and meet certain legal requirements.
Research daycare needs of your community
Make sure there is a need for child care services in the area in which you want to set up your daycare. Determine who your target audience is and how you can attract that audience to your daycare.
Choose a site that is appropriate
Decide whether to designate certain rooms of your home for your business or use your entire home. Check your state guidelines, and consider your personal preferences.
Have a discussion with your family members and neighbors
Discuss your plans with your relatives and neighbors before you start. Help them understand what is involved in a home daycare business. Assure them that you plan on taking steps to keep any irritation, noise or inconvenience to a minimum.
Craft a creative name
Choose a memorable, relevant name for your daycare. Make sure it is a kid-friendly name that easily attracts the attention of parents. Register the name according to your state's business registration requirements.
Check on legal issues
Contact the business licensing department in area to obtain the required licenses. Check all zoning laws and regulations.
Obtain required training and certification
Find out what types of training or certification you need, and apply for them.
Set up the location with required equipment
Select equipment and supplies, including toys, games, puzzles, bulletin board displays, tables, chairs, and arts and crafts materials. Make sure you get rugs, nap mats, a television and a DVD player.