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.


Latest Posts


Handprint Apple Tree Painting

The air has turned crisp and that means one thing to my daycare children, APPLE PICKING TIME!  This is a tradition at our house.  Every fall we go apple picking and before our field trip I like to incorporate some apple songs and rhymes into our daily routine.  If I start singing the songs a…
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Ten Inexpensive Activities for Two Year Olds

two year old activities

I had a request from a reader the other day asking for inexpensive activities she could do with two-year olds in her home daycare.  It got me thinking about the different activities I have done with toddlers over the years and how this age can be, at the same time, wonderful and challenging. Two-year olds…
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Help Kids Recharge after a Busy School Day -3 Tips

recharge school day

  It’s back to school time and that means tired kids in your after school home daycare program.  September tends to be a month of change and new routines for most children.  If you have school aged children in your home daycare there is a good chance you are spending the last few hours of…
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5 Ideas to Help Turn your little Grumpy Dwarf into Happy Dwarf

grumpy dwarf

We have some big changes happening at my home daycare this month with children transitioning to school for the first time and other kids going through bumpy life stages.  Many of you home daycare providers understand the emotional highs and lows involved with trying to help young ones navigate turbulent events. One day last week…
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