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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


Toddler Not Listening? Try This Preschool Teacher’s Proven Strategy!

Wouldn’’t it be great if all your daycare toddlers stopped what they were doing and listened to your instructions before you switched activities? Say it and they might listen, SING IT and watch the magic happen! You have probably felt the power of song yourself if you have ever walked down a crowded city street…
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A Full Daycare EVERY Day! Even When A Child is at Home Sick or Away on Vacation!

One of the biggest challenges of being a home daycare provider is our fluctuating salary. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to rely on a regular pay check amount every month? Many providers have an enrolment policy that states the parents only pay for the days when their child is in care. If the…
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Top Ten Toys for Endless Hours of Play -Best Picks for a Home Daycare

  Many daycare providers and preschool teachers wonder:  What types of toys are best?  Which ones will the children play with again and again? Which ones are sturdy enough to last many years of constant wear and tear? Which ones will appeal to multiple age ranges of children? Which ones will be educational?  Which ones…
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How To Get Your Daycare Kids to Nap in 3 Easy Steps

When I first opened up my home daycare I had to figure out how to get multiple children to nap well in the same room.  This was challenging at first but once I discovered the secret of a Sound Machine it was much easier!  Sound machines are also called sleep machines or white noise machines.…
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Leaf Crowns

  Leaf Crowns are a great autumn activity to make with your children.  You can spend time talking about colours, sizes and patterns when the kids arrange the leaves on their crowns. My daycare group and I took a walk two weeks ago to collect fallen leaves.  I encouraged the children to collect different sizes,…
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Preschool Letter of the Week Program – Free

Do you have preschoolers in your home daycare this year?  Are you wondering how to include some letter learning into your busy day? Would you like a program that is easy to implement and uses items found around the house?  One that doesn’t require a lot of preparation in the evening?  One that includes activities,…
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Want Daycare Clients Who Always Pick Up on Time? 2 Secrets That Work!

One of the most common complaints from home daycare providers is how to deal with daycare parents who are consistently late. It is easy to understand how parents can find themselves arriving late. Work deadlines, rush hour traffic and a quick stop at the corner store can all result in them being late to pick…
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Home Daycare Providers -5 Steps to Avoid Burnout

Running your own home daycare business can be one of the most rewarding endeavors you do in your life. It is obvious on a daily basis that you are providing value in people’s lives. You are a powerful role model for the children in your care. Your influence in their lives has the potential to…
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Should I Open a Home Daycare? The #1 Reason that helped me! – a video

Are you thinking about opening up your own home daycare business? Do you have young children of your own? Are you wondering if this decision would be best for you? Watch this video to find out the number one reason that helped me decide to start my own home daycare! Tip – My How To…
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Apple Activities- Science and Math Fun for 2-4 year olds! Easy Applesauce Recipe Included

We went apple picking this fall and here are a few activity ideas you could use in your home daycare.  Our topic was apples but I also do similar activities with the topic being pumpkins or corn or even a holiday such as Halloween. I’ll show you how I involve the different age groups and…
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Is Your Play Room Setup Working for You? Or Causing Problems?

Many home daycare providers welcome new children into their daycare group every year. Once the new children are in your care for a few weeks you can tell if your playroom setup is helping you or working against you. I just changed around my playroom to reflect the new ages of my group and their…
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