When you get your early childhood education degree, one important thing to consider is what you want to do with it. Some people may want to work in a school whereas others may opt for the freedom of owning their own childhood care center. Although it sounds fun, there is a lot that goes into owning and operating your own daycare. Parents.com listed some questions to ask yourself before taking on the responsibility of other people's children.
- Do you enjoy children? - The most important question to ask yourself because you will be surrounded by many of them all day if you do open a home daycare.
- Do you have the space? - Child-care licensing agencies often require a minimum of 35 square feet per child, as well as a safe outdoor space with age-appropriate toys and equipment. Many states require outdoor play as part of a child-care program. You'll also need to meet safety requirements such as providing fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.
- Do you meet the requirements? - A regulated family child-care home is generally allowed up to six or seven children per provider, with no more than two children under the age of 2. Also, you need to pass a background check, have extra insurance, become CPR certified, and pass a health inspection to make sure no one in your family can pass on diseases to your charges: like tuburculosis.
- Are you organized? - Most of your day will involve caring for children, but you will have plenty of paperwork to do as well.
- Are you a people person? - You will be interacting with parents and children all day so it's important to be good at handling all sorts of people.
- What are the drawbacks? - While your own kids may benefit from having you with them all day, they may not embrace sharing their home, their toys, and their mom with other kids. And your spouse might not like the extra clutter, or fully understand that even though you're home, you can't always tend to household chores.
What else do you need to consider before opening a daycare in your home? Would you be interested in doing this?