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Is your house ready to act as a family daycare?

 

Your home is your business, especially when you run a family daycare centre. You’ve made the decision to become a carer to other people’s children as well as your own and that’s great. However, is your house ready? There are official guidelines and policies that franchised and family daycare centres must follow, but in this article we’ll touch on the less ‘official’ items.

 

Childproofing

The house is going to be a home away from home for young ones. And this age group has a habit of getting scraped knees and banged heads. Accidents and injuries happening are a given, so taking prevention measures is a must.

Time to clear out the mess

Go to the hardware shop and stock up before the parents come to visit. Some of the basics include the following:

  • Security gates
  • Electrical outlet covers
  • Corner guards
  • Drawer locks

You can check out more useful items on Parents.com.

 

Food

Decide early on if you’re going to include food costs in your fees setup. In the ACECQA guidelines, family daycares have a one educator to seven children ratio. This means seven little ones you’ll be catering for. Encourage the parents to pack snacks and one meal for their child so catering isn’t such a burden.

Expect to be part carer, part caterer

Food needs to be stored, though. Your fridge might have leftovers crammed in there from your own family’s dinner, so think about investing in a second one, about bar size is all you’ll need. Put it in the garage if there’s no room in the house.

 

Toys

When the kids aren’t out on excursion with you, they’ll be playing in different areas around the house. Stock enough toys to go around. Soft toys, books, building blocks, and loose parts are some of the essentials that every daycare needs in stock.

  • Loose parts (bric-a-brac including wood, metal and PVC items)
  • Paints, pencils and paper
  • Colouring books
  • Age-appropriate books
  • Soft toys (animals, figures), large plastic toys (buckets, trucks)

 

Furniture

The dining room table and chairs you have in your house aren’t child-friendly, even if you have a booster seat! Kinder Design’s purpose-built furniture includes tables and chairs, alongside cubby houses and storage shelves.

This is another way that will separate the ‘daycare centre’ from your home. The whole house isn’t going to be dedicated to the home business. Investing in the daycare furniture and some security measures (like locks) will make sure there’s boundaries.

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Preschool equipment you can have at home

Preschool equipment isn’t just for the day care centre. Savvy parents source small furniture for their house. Even cafe’s have ‘pint sized’ furniture, where their smaller customers can sip babychino’s.

Daycare centres and the like buy preschool equipment that’s exclusively for their use. Outlets like Kinder Design build child care furniture that’s functional and durable to last several years. The pieces are colourful and built for purpose, so the little ones use them with relative ease.

You can buy items for the home to keep your little one entertained. Children are creative and curious by nature and it’s good to have preschool equipment, or preschool-sized toys, around that keeps their minds occupied. For their inner artist having a standing blackboard (easel) is a great outlet. A blackboard easel plus a chalk set equals a relatively mess-free play time.

Cubby houses and roleplay sets are another piece of preschool equipment that parents and guardians will value. You might even want to join in during play-time! Kids will imitate what they see in real-life. Having a role play set, like a barbecue or a tool bench, encourages children to use the ‘tools’ effectively. One day with the play set, the next day they’re in the kitchen!

Building blocks are old faithfuls in both play and education. As toddlers, children learn about feel, shapes and how to name them. When they grow older, they look at the world around them more ‘scientifically’. Children and their friends will share ideas, learn how to fit the blocks together and use the correct vocabulary to describe them.

Centres specially order the preschool equipment from Kinder Design. At home, you can create a familiar, constructive environment for your child. Chalk and easels don’t make a lot of mess and gives kids the chance to can create some masterpieces. With building blocks, they’ll expand both their vocabulary and learn about construction. Role play sets allows them to become the MasterChef they see in television, or in their own kitchen. Your child will help you make dinner before you know it.