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Start & Run a Home Daycare (Self-Counsel Press Business Series) Paperback – June 1, 2002

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CHILD CARE is a much sought-after service today. If you love working with children and want to run your own business, a home daycare could be the perfect choice. The initial cash investment can be minimal and the demand for safe, nurturing care for children is always high.

Providing quality child care and making a profit isn’t child’s play. Caring for children is as challenging and multifaceted as parenting itself. In addition, you need to master record keeping, licensing requirements, and all other tasks associated with running a small business.

This book will help you get started right and keep your daycare running smoothly and successfully. It answers questions such as:

- How do I find out if there is a need for a daycare in my area? - How do I get my daycare license? - How much should I charge? - What kind of policies should I set? - What activities should I include in my daycare program? - What equipment will I need? - How do I gain and keep parents’ confidence?

From deciding whether a home daycare is for you to planning healthy, appealing meals, from keeping the books to keeping the children happy, Start & Run a Home Daycare provides the information you need to build a thriving business caring for children.

About the Author

Catherine M. Pruissen is the CEO of About Child Care Consumer Services and developer of the child-care Internet site, Child Care Online (www.childcare.net). She ran a successful home day care for eight years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Self Counsel Press; 4th (Book and CD-ROM) edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551805693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551805696
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Wolman on August 21, 2005
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Since the birth of my first born child I've been pondering an in-home daycare. I had no idea where to start and this book was perfect for that. It gave me direction and helped to answer questions. The book has a C.D. with forms which has been very helpful. A wonderful resource to the start of your potential business.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Missy D. on May 31, 2007
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I purchased this book as a resource for myself as I begin my own home daycare business. It has been, and continues to be a great resource for me. It has everything you need including a CD which has all the forms you need to get started.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wysteria Morgan on November 19, 2008
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This book is the end all of all books in this category. You are NOT wasting your money on this book if you want to open a home daycare. In fact, all the other books that I bought, were a waste of money compared to this book. EVERYTHING that you need to know to run a home daycare is in here. So many things that I didn't even think of. What I love the most, is all the forms and the disk that has many templates on it. Way worth purchasing! I love this book and am so grateful to the writer for such a complete job well done on this topic. Extremely Useful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Ng on December 14, 2012
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I borrowed this book from my local library to get more ideas about how a professional organizes activities for kids so that I could be organized enough to apply the same schedule of activities as a stay-at-home mom.

I absolutely loved the 5-page summary on child development on pages 112-116 that practically outlines ages 1-8 years old--their motor skills, intellect, social skills, and age-appropriate activities. If I had this useful chart when I first had kids, I would not have been left guessing at which games or toys would have been appropriate. I would have also saved so much money and grief on the toys that were tossed aside or destroyed!

The daily activity schedule on page 109, the weekly activity chart on page 118, and the entirety of chapter 11 on centers and the materials you may need for each center (e.g., housekeeping, art, construction, etc.) practically fulfilled my dreams of having a more organized play space. This author gave me a list to wrap my brain and my budget around. I am forever grateful.

So back to the book--although I got the book wanting more structure and organization to my day and my physical space, I walked away with more than that. I gained the confidence and vision of actually pursuing a daycare license. Even though the author comes from more of a Canadian perspective, I found everything expressed in the book totally applicable to the States. If you venture on this path as well, enjoy and best wishes for your start-up too!

Oh, and if you plan all of your family's meals and make them from scratch, the food group guide on page 148 is very helpful along with the weekly menu sample on page 150. I really really really wish I had this book as a reference before I had kids.
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