Originally Answered: What do i need to run my own daycare business?
Start by contacting your local DHS office and ask what the requirements are here in SC. You will normally need to get licensed, and there is always some kind of child to adult ratio, and this will include any children of your own.
You may not need a formal certification immediately but I know they were trying to make it that caregivers will all need to be certified eventually.
If you take in children from CPS, often you will receive a lesser amount for those children BUT you will gain in getting subsidies for snacks and meals for thos ehcildren, plus often have access to toy libraries and special deals to some educational places. So it can benefit you in ways.
I would begin by planning out a schedule of activities, to include free play, outdoor play (when the weather is nice), art, music, story reading, letters, numbers, colours and shapes, and action rhymes (where children do movements to the rhyme - like turn around or touch the ground, etc).
I would then plan a series of ideas for each of those sections.
Yes, insurance is a must. You also need to abide by state laws regarding immunizations and illnesses. You'll need childproof cupboards, proper fencing, child size tables and chairs, and a minimum of paediatric first aid certification from the Red Cross.
I did home day care for many years and it's an incredibly rewarding occupation, but is also extremely stressful at times. You need to decide on the age ranges you are looking at caring for, as 0-5yrs is harder than say 2-5yrs, as you have different needs for babies and toddlers as compared to preschoolers.
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; I'm in Greenville SC, where are you?