Starting a Family Day Care

Are You Organized?

Family day cares require quite a bit of paper pushing. First, you'll need to draw up a contract for parents that includes your policies regarding:

  • Payment
  • Fees for late payments or bounced checks
  • Sick children
  • Vacations, paid holidays, and overtime
  • Discipline
  • Scheduling

Contact your local home child-care licensing agency for a sample contract.

You'll need a separate file for each child, complete with medical information, immunization records, and emergency contact numbers. You must keep your licensing, registration paperwork, insurance information, and tax information current and organized. It helps if you have a computer to track billing and expenses. Shop around for software specially designed for running a home day care, such as Childcare Professional by Kask Software (

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