Starting a Childcare Business?

Now that I have become a certified provider I don't know the first step into getting kids. I currently work for a driving company and I am so ready to leave that place! But I cannot leave because I won't have any income. I don't know the first step in getting things going, should I post on social media or make business cards? I'm lost.


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February 7, 20190 found this helpful

Are you in the US? Contact your local small business development center and get a counselor/mentor to guide you. Many of the services are free or low cost.

They can hook you up with a roadmap to success. Do nothing to it alone they're is too much at stake not to get assistance from the pros!

The Pittsburgh SBDC programs are beyond amazing! Best wishes for your success!!! Post back how it goes for you!

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February 8, 20190 found this helpful


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February 7, 20190 found this helpful

Many states require you to be licensed. Contact your state to see.

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February 7, 20190 found this helpful


Those are good ideas. Have you considered taking the kids back and forth to school or to music lessons, etc? I am sure that would be a needed service. I would not quit my job, but I would do child care on the weekends, at first, and see how it goes.




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February 9, 20190 found this helpful

I'm not sure that I understand exactly what you mean in referring to "certified provider".
Was this a college course - like CPCS or was this a course (certificate?) that was taken through a junior college or a private school?
If you are not in the US then most likely the following information will not pertain to you.

  • I'm only asking these questions as it appears you mean you need this particular training to be able to take care of "kids".
  • What age children were you planning to care for?
  • Where will you be taking care of children? Home? Nursery?
  • How many hours a day did you plan to do this?
  • Were you issued any information on what type of license you will have to have to do this?
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  • Do you have children or prior experience taking care of children in this type of setting (?)?
  • Did you take emergency procedure training with this course?
  • Did they run a background check to see if there is anything in your past that would disqualify you from doing any type of business that involves children? Your state will probably require this.
  • Did you plan to serve snacks/lunch?
  • Do you have proper auto insurance if you plan to drive children in your personal vehicle?
  • These are questions you will need answers to before you start looking for children to fit whatever circumstances you have set up.
  • From my experience with our local Small Business Association they will not even discuss a plan with you until you have some sort of plan such as answers to these questions because they cannot help someone who has no idea of what they can do or when they can do it or where they plan to do it.
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  • They may steer you to your local licensing agency so you can start with learning what procedures you have to follow as well as what you will need to obtain any license that deals with children.
  • Florida is very strict when it comes to anyone taking care of children and probably some other states are also.
  • If you plan to take care of one or two children in your home than you may not have to go through all of the above requirements as this is usually done without notifying the state/county.
  • If this was your plan then you can place ads in your local Craigslist, Nextdoor and any other local paper stating what part of town you will be wanting to care for a child as well as what hours are acceptable and the age of children you will be accepting as well as info on transportation.

    You will also need to state what you will charge per hour/day/week unless you state to call you for particulars.
  • Be prepared to answer questions like: experience, lunch/snacks, play area, how many other children, price for day/week/hour and what will be charged if they are late picking up the child.
  • You may not have to answer all of these questions but you should know the answers just in case you are ask.
  • This is not necessarily "legal" in Florida but many people do this for extra money since they may be a stay at home person anyway.
  • Have you considered looking for a job where you would have the responsibility of caring for children but not all of the headaches of running a business?
  • Private schools, church schools/nurseries, local day care centers all hire qualified people to help in their schools as well as in their after school programs and that would give you some experience and maybe later you could branch out on your own.
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  • Many people say that I "paint" a bad picture when describing how things like this work but I believe anyone venturing into a new area should have more facts rather than just scratching the surface and finding out later that it is not as they "dreamed" it would be.
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February 12, 20190 found this helpful

make business card

post online

put it in the newspaper

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