Starting a Family Day Care

What Are the Drawbacks?

While your own kids may benefit from having you with them all day, they may not embrace sharing their home, their toys, and their mom with other kids. And your spouse might not like the extra clutter, or fully understand that even though you're home, you can't always tend to household chores.

Some other drawbacks to running a home day care:

  • It's difficult to schedule appointments and run errands.
  • You'll miss many of your child's school events.
  • You don't get health benefits (unless you buy them yourself) or lunch hours.
  • The hours are long (many family day care providers work 10 hours a day).
  • You can't call in sick or take personal days with the same ease as you would with a traditional job (in fact, it's a major disruption for your clients).
  • It can be isolating, with little adult contact.
  • The income is not very high. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average day-care providers earn $16,000 a year.
  • A large initial financial investment in home safety upgrades, insurance, toys, supplies, and equipment is required.

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