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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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)
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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