Holiday Party Snacks – Easy, (Mostly) Healthy Snacks for Your Daycare Holiday Party

Well it’s that time of year again. Time for all the fun and festivities of the holidays! As daycare providers, putting together a holiday party for our children can be both exciting and stressful. We love the change from the typical day-to-day routine, but we don’t want to have a bunch of hyper, sugar-filled children running around all day either. We also don’t have the time to create elaborate food sculptures like the ones we see plastered all over Pinterest. The trick is to find Continue reading →

Utilizing Facebook for Your Daycare Business

Facebook is a wonderful tool that helps people stay connected in an all-too-busy world. It has also become a great way for small businesses to gain exposure and level the playing field when it comes to competing with the bigger business and their huge advertising budgets. But how do you use Facebook effectively for your home daycare? Should you use a personal page, a business page, a group…? The options can seem overwhelming for those of us just starting out. Let’s break it down… There Continue reading →

Veggies for Kids – How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables

Vegetables are good for you…we all know that. But for some reason, many of the children in our lives don’t seem to like them very much. So how do you get kids to eat their vegetables? Here are 9 ideas: Call Them Something Else – Once, when I was a kid, my dad was cooking beans on the stove. My little sister said “Yum…what’s that daddy?” and he replied “Whistleberries.” She said “oh I LOVE whistleberries, can I have some?” and he said “yes!” Well Continue reading →

Setting Up Your Space: Art Center Ideas and Organization

We all know that creating art is an important part of every childhood…but just how important is it? According to this article from PBS, art plays a huge role in child development as it helps with motor skills, language development, visual learning, and many other important life skills. As daycare providers, we need to ensure that our children have a comfortable and safe place where they can create and express themselves through arts and crafts. Setting up a space like this can be tricky as we Continue reading →

Must-Have Toys for Any Daycare

So you’re just starting out, you need toys, and you want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, right? Here are some of the best and most popular toys and activities you can invest in that will be sure to keep your daycare kids busy for hours. Depending on the age groups you are caring for, some toys will obviously be better choices than others. For instance, the youngest group (infants and young toddlers) are going to need age-appropriate toys such Continue reading →

Daycare Names – Ideas and Inspiration for Choosing the Best Name For Your Daycare Business

What’s in a name? Well when you run a business, the name is everything! Having a great name picked out will help establish you as a professional business and help with branding. You want to choose a name that is memorable and gives a clear idea of what services you offer. Here are some things to think about, including real-life examples, when choosing the best name for your daycare. Many people, when choosing a daycare name, want to incorporate their first and/or last name, or even Continue reading →

Daycare Schedule and Daily Routine

One of the best tips that I received from other daycare providers was to create a daily daycare schedule and stick to it. Now, obviously, your day is never going to go perfectly as planned. Children come and go at different times, naps get cut short, accidents and spills happen that throw everything off, etc. Having a basic schedule made up ahead of time, however, can really help keep you on track and the kids will start to learn when things are going to happen Continue reading →

Daycare Start-up Costs – The Ultimate Guide (and Tips on How to Keep Them Low!)

  As any self-employed person can tell you, starting your own business is going to cost you some money. How much money depends greatly on the type of business you start. For many people, starting an at-home daycare is a great idea because the start-up costs can be very low. However, if you aren’t careful, the little things can add up quickly and what should only cost a couple hundred dollars is now several thousand. So how do you know what to plan for? Here Continue reading →

How to Find New Daycare Clients

So you’ve got your daycare all set up and officially opened your doors… but nobody is walking through them. Now what do you do? There are a lot of different ways you can advertise your new (or old) business and successfully find new clients. Some cost money, but most are totally free. Here are a few of our favorites: Craigslist – Craigslist is a free classified advertisements website online. The website is broken down by location, so make sure you choose the one that is closest to Continue reading →

Qualities of a Great Child Care Provider

There are a lot of qualities that are important when you are a daycare provider. You need qualities that will help you to run a successful business, care for children all day, all while continuing to care for yourself, your own family, and your home. There are a few qualities, however, that seem to be more important than others. Here are some of them: Having Good Communication Skills – Daycare providers need to be able to clearly communicate their rules and expectations to their daycare Continue reading →