I don’t know about you but navigating all the paperwork I need to run my home daycare is a lot. I have worked hard to make all the forms I need and want to share free daycare forms with you.
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Staying on top of all the daycare paperwork that’s required is not easy. There is so much to keep track of and it’s far simpler when everything has a place. This job is not for the faint of heart. It can be very overwhelming.
If you are feeling overwhelmed about starting a home daycare business or are drowning in the one you already have, check out these daycare tips for providers-simplifying daycare every day.
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Home daycare is no joke. It can be a super tough job. Not everyone is cut out for it. But if you are, there are ways you can make every day simpler and a little easier for you. You’re going to rock this thing and you’re in the perfect place to get started.
How to start a home daycare
If you’ve been thinking about starting your own home daycare business, you’ve come to the right place. If you need the basics in how to start a home daycare, check this post out. And don’t forget to read about what not to do when you start a home daycare. And here are my top 9 reasons to choose home daycare as a career.
Daycare business practices
The best place to start with your business is to get your business practices in order. If you have been doing daycare for 5 minutes or 30 years, streamlining your paperwork system can always be done and always improve the way you run your business.
Click on this great article about how to make payment policies for your daycare. And you’ll also need how to make contracts and policy books. Before you start, check out these rules for your daycare business that every provider needs.
Once you get all of your paperwork in order, you’re going to need a good way to store it and keep it that way, check out how to work on handling your daycare paperwork and keeping your daycare paperwork organized here.
If you’ve been in business a while, you might be thinking of raising your rates, but you’re uncomfortable doing it. Here are 5 steps to help you do it this year.
FORMS! Here are some resources for free forms to help your daycare business.
Enrolling new kids in daycare
Now that you have your basic rules decided, how do you get kids? Here are some ideas on how to advertise your home daycare business. Next, you’ll be getting calls for interviews, use these 10 tips on interviewing to help with that. Also, what you need to include in your daycare application packet is here.
Meals in home daycare
Food is one of the biggest expenses and most time-consuming part of any child care business. Those little sweeties want to eat. And all the time! Learn how to plan a daycare menu here. This daycare food menu planning guide might help. I like to use this CACFP food buying guide to make it simpler too.
The food program has lots of rules to follow, but you can make them simple by following this guide. Check out these meal pattern ideas for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and meat and meat alternates. We also have tons of breakfast ideas, lunch ideas, and snack ideas that will help you make a variety of great menus.
Getting started in home daycare
Once you have your supplies and your food figured out, it’s time to think about the every day running of a daycare. These routines to help you keep your sanity might help. Also, preparing for your licensing visit, keeping up with the mess, organizing toys, how in the world to get it all done, managing supplies, planning daycare activities, and keeping your daycare organized.
You might be looking for help in lesson planning or getting parent involvement. If you need inspiration on how to arrange you set up, check this out. Expenses can get out of hand in this business, here are 22 ways to reduce expenses.
You can be a good provider, but if you want to kick it up a notch and be a great provider, check this out too. Avoiding burnout and dealing with stress are important in everything we do. And get involved with a local organization so you can network and find support.
Finances in family childcare
Are you looking to add a big piece of equipment or make a big change? Here are some great fundraising ideas for your childcare business. And we can all use these secrets for asking for your paycheck in family childcare. Because there are times you’ll have to do it.
Check out these great tips on how to declutter your finances in home daycare. I know they will help.
Once you have a successful year in your business, you’ll need these productive solutions for your taxes, these must-haves for your business taxes and this printable end of the year daycare receipt for parents.
Are you struggling with ideas on what to get the kids for Christmas? Do you have to get them something? Check out these ideas for gifts for daycare kids.
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Hopefully you’ve found tons of helpful and useful information linked here so you can have success, peace, fun, and more joy in your job. It’s the best job in the world and one of the most important, and I want to see you rock it every day!
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Planning nutritious meals that meet food program requirements and the kids will actually eat can be a daunting task. Check out this daycare food menu meal planning guide for help!
There are a ton of recommendations for preventing the spread of disease, but most of them aren’t practical or attainable for family childcare. Check out these safe practices for family childcare providers for illness prevention.
Operating on such a thin profit margin in this business, times of crisis are super scary. Will we get paid, will we get sick, will we have what we need to stay open? There is help for home daycare providers in times of crisis.
If you have a home daycare, you know we are on the front lines every day. Firemen and police officers are heralded as heroes, but you never hear a word about people like us who are giving our all during times when everyone else is running the other way. But what if we have to close our daycare because of crisis?
Are you interested in how to start a home daycare but you’re not sure it’s right for you? How much will it cost? Get a free printable checklist.
Do you love kids and want to stay home with your own? Do you want to know all the deets on how to do it and how much it will cost to get started?
In 30 days of productivity, you can declutter every area of your daycare. Managing all the stuff can be overwhelming, but breaking it down will help.
Providing childcare in your home can easily cost as much as you make, but if you declutter your finances and watch spending, you can turn a profit to support your family in this business.