After all, it’s important to know what kind of a job you’ll be getting into if you’re going to be committing to taking care of other people’s children every day. You might be looking to bring in extra money to your family budget each month, or perhaps you need to provide a full-time income for your family. If you want to stay home with your kids, running a daycare might seem like the only option available to you.
I’m Joy Anderson and 3 years ago, I was in the same boat as you! I needed to provide a full-time income for my family, but I desperately wanted to stay home with my kids. Just like you, I thought that running a daycare was my only option.
As you continue reading, you’ll learn what your daily life will be like if you become a childcare provider, but you’ll also learn what your daily life could be like if you choose to start a… PRESCHOOL instead! What’s a preschool? It’s where you teach preschool classes in your home to children ages 3-5 for just a few hours each day.
You see, three years ago, after I did my own research about starting a daycare, I decided to start my preschool instead, and my preschool business has absolutely blessed my life! I hope this short article will help you decide if you want to continue down the daycare path, or if you’d like to know more about how to start a preschool instead.
So without further ado, let’s dive right in and explore what a typical day is like when you run a daycare in your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What Hours Will I Work?
- What Will I Do All Day?
- What Will My Kids Do?
- When Will I Spend Time With My Family?
You’ll quickly realize that in order to sign up kids and get paid, you need to accommodate OTHER PEOPLE’S schedule. After all, if you say your hours are 8 am – 6 pm, and a potential family says they need you at 7 a.m., what are you going to do? Here they are, saying they’ll pay you if you just change your schedule by an hour. So of course you’ll say “Okay.” And the next family that wants to sign up will need you to watch their kiddos until 7 p.m. because the mom doesn’t get off work until then. So of course you’ll say “Okay.” And before you know it, your hours will have gotten so out of control that you end up being at the mercy of your paying parents! And if you say no to them, they’ll stop paying you, and you’ll end up being so afraid of losing your paying parents that you’ll say “Okay” anytime they need to drop off their children earlier, or pick them up later. So in truth, the only answer to this question is that if you want to get paid, you’ll work the hours that your paying parents want you to work. Which means putting in long, 12+ hour days, and sometimes even nights or weekends!
Remember how I mentioned that I started a preschool though? My hours are a whole lot different – I only teach for 5 hours a day (9-11:30 a.m.) and (12-2:30 p.m.) and you can bet that I don’t bend to any requests to watch a child earlier or later.
And if you think your own kids misbehave, just wait until you get a bunch of kids in your house who don’t have the same rules at their house as you do. You’ll need to set rules and enforce them, otherwise kids will be jumping on the couch, hitting each other, using language that you don’t want your kids to hear, and acting out for your attention.
Unlike creating 12-hour schedules for daycare, when you start a preschool you only need to create lesson plans for 2.5 hours! You can use our FUNDAMENTALS Preschool Curriculum to help you plan everything quickly, and the kids always behave better at preschool than they do at home!
Do you think your kids might act out if your attention is now divided by some other kids they don’t even know? And what about your older kids–they might start resenting the daycare because when they come home, their home has been taken over by the daycare. They’ve been away from you all day so when they come home, all they want is you!
On the flipside, one of the biggest benefits to starting a preschool instead of a daycare is that you get paid to spend QUALITY time with your kids! And honestly, which child wouldn’t love to have their mom actually PLAY with them for 2.5 hours every day by singing, dancing, reading stories, doing arts and crafts and teaching them fun ideas about the world? And, preschool is only held during school times anyways, so when your older children come home from school, preschool is already over!
But when that’s all done, you can forget about watching a movie, reading a book, or spending time with your husband. Because after a day like you’ve just had, you have to go to bed early, because in the morning, you have to get up early and do it all over again!
If there’s one thing I cherish most, it’s my sanity. And I KNOW that I can’t watch other people’s children for 12+ hours every day and still have enough energy to share my love with the people that I care most about. Instead, while I teach preschool for just a few hours each day, I’m actually giving my children true quality time and playing with them. That way, when preschool is over, they feel completely loved and they’re fine with playing by themselves for a little bit, giving me an hour or so to enjoy a little bit of “Me Time.” And I never get burnt out, so I have plenty of energy for my kids and my husband too!