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I just quit my job to stay home with my kids and I'm really thinking about trying to start a small in home daycare. I really want to find a couple kids to watch, but where do I start? What all do I need to do? Most parents want references I'm guessing so how did you get your first day care child?
I would love any suggestion or advise!!!
~~Wife to Tom, Mommy to Matthew and Makayla~~
It depends on your state licensing procedures. I know in Georgia, you are allowed to care for up to 2 children without being licensed. You can find children to enroll by advertising in the local newspaper, craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums - under community, child care, put out fliers in local gyms, churches, salons, and other places you do business, and you can make up business cards and leave them in these places as well. I also have a website that has brought me a lot of business. The key to keeping your website up high on the Google search scale is to frequently update your articles and materials on the site. I have been in business for about 7 years and did not reach "steady" full capacity until around 3 years into it, and after around my 4/5 year mark is when I stopped advertising because I have been able to stay full just on word of mouth recommendations. You'll get there. It just takes time to build a name for yourself in the community. Good luck!
having my own in-home daycare is defiantely something i want to do in the future...... heres what i figure(not that i have any experience on the subject, just time to ponder about it haha)....start by getting a childhood first aid certificate, then get friends to tell freinds etc. etc. that youre going to be a sahm daycare....that way your friends will give you a good reference.....and with the childhood first aid certificate they will know that their kids are in good hands
...wouldn't hurt to make up a couple flyers to advertise too.... ive seen a couple up at my ladies-only gym actually... they made reference to being sahm's, having a fun, safe, educational, loving environment with reasonable prices etc. etc. and just promoting all of their positive points-even if they dont have the previous 'customer' references....i dont remember seeing 'references available' or anything like that listed...