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Dispelling the myths about Home Daycare

By: Cyndi Beauchemin
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Each day millions of women search for a home based business that not only meets their needs, but that of their family. Many of these women overlook Home Daycare as an option because of the myths regarding this challenging, yet rewarding home based business. 

Myth #1 Home Daycare is Babysitting

For those who deem offering childcare as merely babysitting, think again. Childcare is a business, that requires the owner/operator to: set rules and polices; organize their day; create a business plan; use written contracts, authorizations and agreements; offer activities, a nurturing environment, meals and meet the basic needs of the children in their care. 

Myth #2:   Operating a Home Daycare takes time away from the Providers children

Parents across the United States seek out Part-Time Care, Mother’s Day out availability, Drop-in Care, etc. The provider needs to choose a schedule and the services he/she wishes to offer and maintain those hours.

Running a home daycare offers the owner, not only the ability to focus on his/her own children full-time, but also offers an invaluable service to other working parents.

Myth #3:  There are no skills required for operating a Home Daycare

At a minimum, a Home Daycare Owner/Operator must posses: a love for children, patience, and the ability to run a business.

In addition to these skills, each states has requirements that must be met before licensing and/or registration is granted.

At a minimum, these invaluable skills include First Aid CPR, Safe Food Handling Practices, and Child Abuse Prevention, which not only enhance the providers ability to provide quality childcare, but also gives guidance and knowledge in rearing their own children.

Myth #4:  Home Daycare takes too much time

Many believe that operating a Home Daycare requires the business to be in operation 24/7. A successful Home Daycare Provider will set specific hours of operation, to allow time for her family.

Home Daycare can be a huge time commitment, but by using the proper tools, for organization, time management and setting specific hours of operation, the time involved is not much different than with any other home based business.

  Myth #5:  Home Daycare income wouldn't replace existing salary

Many women feel “stuck” in their current position, when they would prefer to be at home with their children, for financial reasons.

Use the following scale as a guide when calculating, how much you are really contributing to your family’s income, by working outside of the home. 
(Or use the Womans-Work Wage Comparisons tool.  New window will open)

Gross monthly income  $__________
Deduct the following expenses:
Daycare Expenses $__________
Dry Cleaning $__________
Gas $__________
Meals $__________
Business Clothing  $__________
Other Work Related Expenses $__________
Taxes  $__________
Net Income $__________

In most instances the Net Income can easily be replaced with the income generated from a Home Daycare Business.

Only you can determine if the Net Income shown is keeping you from where you want to be…at home.

Cyndi Beauchemin is the mother of two and a former Daycare Provider, residing in the State of Oregon.

In her efforts, to promote quality childcare, Cyndi created the Daycare Starter Kit and Recordkeeping System, to assist providers in setting up and running an in home daycare program. For more information about starting a home daycare, visit



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