How to Use a Small Space for Home Daycare

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Invite the bright minds of little ones into your home where they can laugh, learn and play their way through the day. Running a home daycare takes work, patience and space; however, as long as you have the patience and work ethic, the space is the least of your worries. Incorporate any size of an area into a functional home daycare by transforming each square inch of the space into a safe, kid-friendly haven.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Storage units
  • Create a simple drawing of the area using a pencil and paper. Remember to insert doorways, windows and fixed objects such as built-in bookcases.

  • Determine what age of children you will be caring for, because different ages need diverse types of spaces. Infants will need a safe and secure place to play, especially infants who are mobile and constantly put objects in their mouth, according to the National Network for Child Care; therefore, a separate area designed for infants only may be helpful to accommodate playtime and naptime. Age depending, infants may need a quiet area to rest, away from the commotion of older children who do not nap. Toddlers will also need a resting and play area; however, a toddler play area can serve double duty as both a nap room, and play room because toddler mats are easily stored when folded.

  • Sketch the items onto the drawing of what you will need to run the daycare. These items can include storage units for toys, book shelves, table and chairs and infant gates to keep children safe. Avoid unnecessary items for small spaces, such as several of the same toy, and condense when possible.

  • Purchase items for your space that are relevant to the age group. Toys that are either too young for children or too old for children just take up space because they will not be used. Safety items must also be purchased such as plug inserts, doorway gates and handle locks.

  • Keep the area clean and decluttered by keeping a handheld vacuum near the playroom. Toys should be picked up and put away after playtime is over.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get down on your hands and knees to survey the room at a childs level. This will determine where to place toys and help you to find any safety issues that may be a concern.
  • Hang pictures or paint the room a cheerful color to reflect a kid friendly zone.
  • Avoid too many toys by rotating toys into storage every three to six months.

References

  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images
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