Examples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire You

Your home daycare setup is the key to success. Environment is a huge part of behavior with kids. Find inspiration and examples here.

Your home daycare setup is the key to success. Environment is a huge part of behavior with kids. Find inspiration and examples here.

Do you wonder how the best way to set up your daycare space is? 

Daycare room setup ideas

There could be hundreds of variations that would work great in the space you have. You just have to be creative in how you set it up. People are always asking me to see my daycare spaces, so I thought I would do a blog post about it and share mine.

I also asked a bunch of home daycare provider friends to share links to pictures of their spaces so you can check them out as well. There are a ton of great ideas in here!

Your home daycare setup is the key to success. Environment is a huge part of behavior with kids. Find inspiration and examples here.

Pictures of home daycare setups 

When I first started daycare in my home 22 years ago, I thought I needed every cool toy and gadget. I spent all my time and money trying to get the best toys and everything else. Over time I have realized, less is more.

I have a super tiny house and storing a ton of extra stuff is not feasible in here. When I put out a ton of toys for the kids, they actually just throw them all around and act up. When I just keep out a few things, they are creative and get along well.

Examples of home daycare setup that will inspire you

It’s important to present them with “new” things, so I packed all of my toys that were in sets into big plastic totes and put them up on these shelves. Every week, whoever is chosen as the “star of the day” on Monday gets to choose the “special toy” for the week. I set the tote out and the kids can use it each day. Then on Friday, we put it up and the next Monday a different star chooses a different “special toy”. It works really well for us.

organized shelves in home daycare

I pared down some of the clutter and kept things that were more meaningful in play for the kids. Dress up clothes, playhouses, dishes and food for the kitchen and other basic toys are mostly what we have.

We have blocks, dolls, a tool bench, trucks and cars and of course superhero costumes. I buy a few new things a year to replace what breaks over time and my kids are super de duper de happy playing here.

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Little Sprouts home daycare space layout

Our potty area is in my bedroom. Remember I have a super small house, it’s less than 1,200 square feet. I have a changing area against the wall outside of my kid’s bathroom.

I use the master bath for the kids simply because they are really messy and I don’t want my guests to have to use their bathroom. This one is in the back of the house safely tucked away. That’s what works for me. You can decide if you like that for yourself or not.

Examples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire You

In the changing area, there are drawers that hold boxes for each child with a change of clothes. I love the drawers on my new changing table. My old one was open and it was a pain to always have to dust everything on the shelves. Now they don’t get dusty inside the drawers. We keep our supplies in there as well.

baby changing area set up for daycare

The small boxes next to the changing table hold the extra diapers and wipes so I can refill the changing area. The stepladder on the right is for the kids to climb up.

I saw those great changing tables with stairs, but they were way out of my price range, so I made my own. Lifting them from the top step is much easier on my back than lifting them from the floor. I don’t keep infants, so only toddlers use this table. They can break your back quick.

I also have my office area in my bedroom. My desk and computer are in there. It’s a good place to work on paperwork, lesson plans, and blogging during the kid’s nap time. 

Our third bedroom is a kitchen pantry storage area. It also has a guest bed. When you see my kitchen, you’ll see why I need more pantry space. There is a small tote of musical instruments in my room as well. The kids can come and get them for music time and put them back on their own.

Home daycare room setup ideas

The first bedroom off of the living room is the playroom. It and the living room are the main inside places the kids play. They also nap in that room. This day, we had one child who was absent, so when he’s here, there are 7 mats in this room. They almost touch each other. It works well for us. We have a routine and we stick to it, but it is an art.

sleeping area setup for your daycare space

The shelves in this room are what holds the special toy totes, puzzles, lacing cards and other things. We keep the dress up center, kitchen and tool bench out all the time. We also have the toys on the small shelves out.

The mats are stored in the closet with the games. The kids make their own beds and put their own beds away. My super talented Mom sewed the covers for our mats and pillows for me. I’ve had them for 19 years. She made me two sets and they’ve held up so great. My mother in law sewed quilts in each color just a few years ago.

Small daycare setup ideas

In the living room, we have our check-in area where kids get their foot from the bye-bye spot and put it in one of the 7 envelopes. This helps with name recognition along with other social lessons. The feet are color-coded the same as the rest mats and the child’s cup. They all know their color and they don’t get them mixed up.

check in station for home daycare

The cubbies for their papers are also in the living room. On this bench, we keep the special toy and there are also hooks for their jackets with their names on them.


jacket and paper storage for home daycare

In the dining room, we have our book rack, my notebook for all my paperwork, my personal reference books, our everyday art supplies, my dhs paperwork, compliance file and other things necessary for licensing, the bulletin board with license, menu, emergency contact, schedule and every other required posting, and the table we eat at and use for art, etc.

Examples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire YouExamples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire You

Examples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire YouExamples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire You

My tiny kitchen is on the other side of that wall. I cook a ton of scratch meals for the kids in there. Click here to see how I make my tiny kitchen work.

Small home daycare

Off of the kitchen, I have a tiny laundry room and then my garage. In the garage, I store extra art supplies and science stuff. There are actually all kinds of supplies in there, but I keep them to a minimum and as organized as possible. I also have a puppet stage, ball toss, ring toss and fold up tent out there. For more about how to organize your daycare, click here. 

art supply storage for home daycare

Outdoor daycare space setup

Then our outside area consists of our playground with pea gravel, a grassy area, and the kid’s gardens. Gardening is a big part of our curriculum. The kids plant and harvest and we try to grow as much of their food as possible.

outdoor daycare space set upExamples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire YouExamples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire YouExamples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire YouExamples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire You

Below I have links to a bunch of other provider’s home daycare setups. Click on the links to visit different websites and Facebook pages for pictures of what they have going one. There are some pretty cool providers in this business.



Other examples of great daycare space setups

Mrs. Lissa’s Tot Spot

 

Strong Foundation Academy

 

Children’s Garden Daycare

 

Mrs. Tammy’s Daycare Home

 

Childcare at Amanda’s

 

Jaymi Bowman’s Daycare

 

Cribs 2 Crayons Childcare

 

Miss Kristle’s Family Childcare Home

 

Happy House Daycare

 

Theresa’s Home Childcare

 

Dani’s Learn and Play

 

Little Red Wagon Family Daycare

 

Sketti-O’s Daycare

 

Emily’s Family Day home

 

Tara’s Toyland

 

Mrs. Felicias Playhouse

 

G-Ma’s Learning Center

 

Tell us about your daycare space setup, we’d love to hear all about it.

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Examples of Home Daycare Space Setups That Will Inspire You

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