Licensing Your Home Child Care

by admin on February 8, 2009

If you are just new to the business of operating a home child care service, you may be trying to decide whether to have your home child care licensed or not. There a few things you need to know that might help your decision become easier.

If you are a new parent, it is often difficult to leave your child to go to work. There is a very strong attachment and big fear that if you leave your child something might happen though unlikely. What ever reason you may have for wanting to stay at home, you still want to be able to earn money to help out with the household expenses. A good way for you to earn while being at home is by opening your own home childcare service. This business will allow you to hit two birds with one stone. You are able to take care of your child and other people’s children at the same time get paid for it.

When you’re making plans to open your home child care, you should think about what be more beneficial to you. Decide if you want your business to be licensed of not. If you live in Canada, licensing your home daycare is not a prerequisite however in the United States it is not so clear cut, since 43 states require some form of certification. You will need to visit the National Child Care information Center to get the information you need regarding the guidelines given in your state. There are some states what would allow you to take care of a specific number of children without the need of getting a license. As mentioned each state would have their own set of rules and regulations regarding childcare. There are even instances that towns and counties would have stricter rules and regulations than what the United States Government has issues. It is best to check with your local government office what their regulations are.

Although having your business licensed can be time consuming and would cost you some money, a lot of people are finding more benefits of being licensed. Most of your customers who are seeking childcare services would want to see some form of licensing. This can be very beneficial to your marketing and advertising. People will be more likely to trust you if you have the government approval for your business.

Having a license ensures parents that you have passed all the necessary codes for providing home child care services. Not only have you passed these codes but you are in continuous compliance with them. Aside from the confidence of parents in your service you can also become qualified to get child care grants from government agencies and other organizations.

When you check with your local government about getting that license be sure to check the benefits of having them as well so that you can make an informed decision. There are a lot of benefits that you can get from your local government and some benefits are even not listed.

See: How to start a child care business

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