How to Set Up a Home for After-School Care

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After-school care is a great way to make a little extra money without a major time commitment. It will allow you to have the majority of your days free and give you the opportunity to watch some kids in the evening. It is important to follow your state's guidelines when it comes to after-school care. You should also have enough space that the children will not feel crowded.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Rulers
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Plan the activities that you want the children to do each day. Having a plan for the types of activities you will incorporate into your after-school care will allow you to set up the space the most effectively. Generally, you should offer an after-school snack, a place to complete homework and a chance to play.

  • Determine which areas of your home will be for what activities. You may want to use the kitchen table for serving snacks and your dining room area as the designated homework spot. If you have a small home, some spaces will need to do double duty. You may also want to set up a quiet reading area in the living room and have most of the toys in the family room.

  • Organize each room so that the children will easily be able to do the designated tasks in that area. The homework spot should be stocked with paper, pencils, rulers, glue, scissors and crayons. The reading spot should have books available. The toy spot should have plenty of age-appropriate toys and games available for the children to play with.

  • Set up the backyard as a place to run around. A swing set or playscape is great, but simply providing balls or adding a sandbox to your backyard can give the children enough freedom to burn off that extra energy that they will probably have after school.

  • Contact your state agency to schedule an inspection. This will protect you in case one of the children is injured, as long as you were following state guidelines. Additionally, it allows you to buy home daycare insurance, which will protect you from any possible lawsuits.

  • Display the schedule and the rules that you expect the children to follow while they are in your home. When you introduce a new child to your after-school program, take time to explain the rules and schedule. Give each child a few days to adjust before you begin strictly enforcing the rules.

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