How to Run a Home Daycare

Thanks for dropping by “How To Run A Home Daycare.”  This site is designed to help new and experienced child care providers. It helps answer the question “How do I start a daycare?” It also guides new caregivers through the first year of growing pains, and supports the experienced caregiver with fresh ideas and inspiration.

This site is organized into sections through the menu bar, so that you can quickly navigate to your area of interest (we understand you are pressed for time, naps only last so long!) and find the resources you need.


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Homemade Playdough = Therapeutic Calmness for Kids

homemade playdough

+-*As a home daycare provider and parent of two children, I find helping young ones manage their emotions is one of my most important tasks as a caregiver.  When a child is going through a growth phase, or a big life event, their emotional imbalance often reveals itself through their behaviour.  Some days are filled…
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Five Toys With Outstanding Play Value

five toys

+-*Home daycare providers need high quality toys that are going to appeal to a wide range of ages and personality types.  Toys that are solid and will stand up to repeated play without breaking or wearing out. We need toys that are versatile and can be used for a variety of games.  What are the…
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Alphabet Maze

alphabet maze

+-*My daycare children enjoy doing any type of maze.  However, their favourite mazes to complete are ones that they can physically run through.  Today I cut long strips of cloth from an old piece of fabric.  An old bed sheet or towel would work well for this activity. I started laying the long strips of…
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Tin Foil Process Art OR….Create a Stanley Cup!

stanley cup

+-*My son has been talking about making a Stanley Cup for his upcoming hockey themed birthday party. The daycare children declared they wanted to make a Stanley Cup too so I bought a roll of tin foil specifically for our craft the next day. I planned to give the older kids the materials for a…
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