Should I start a daycare or a preschool?

Women who want to stay home with their children while working from home often find themselves asking the question: Should I start a daycare in my home?  I am happy to announce that they can now ask themselves a slightly different question: Should I start a daycare or should I start a preschool?

This isn’t intended to be a debate post, just one to inform you of the differences of starting a daycare vs. starting a preschool so you can be fully educated before you make your decision on which business to start.  I hope you find it helpful!   I would love to read your comments below!

Please take note that while I personally chose the preschool route, other women choose to do daycare because they love babies.  So there’s positives in both situations!

The major differences between a preschool and a daycare are:



  • DAYCARES take care of children ages 0-5 full-time or part-time and then usually offer some sort of after-school or before-school care for older children as well.
  • PRESCHOOLS only teach children ages 3-5.

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  • DAYCARES usually stay open 12 hours a day: 6am-6pm.
  • PRESCHOOL TEACHERS usually teach for 2-3 hours because they make their own schedule. They can teach only 5 hours a week, or as much as 5 hours a day, depending on how much they want to earn.

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  • DAYCARES usually have weekly contracts which allow for a high turnover rate, which could cause a daycare to have to pay a lot of money in advertising to keep the daycare full.
  • PRESCHOOLS require a 9- or 12-month contract just like a school, so the turnover rate is almost obsolete because preschools are in such high demand and parents know they are committing to a lengthy period of time.

We also teach you the #1 reason why parents would rather stop eating out than have to pull their child out of your preschool.



  • DAYCARE PROVIDERS don’t get vacation days except for the actual holiday days.
  • PRESCHOOL TEACHERS get paid vacation during the school year because they run on the school district’s schedule.  So if elementary children get 2 weeks vacation for Christmas, so do preschool teachers. Teachers also get 3 months non-paid vacation during the summer (or you can run a summer camp and get paid too).

We also teach you my #1 most catchy way of saying “You’re paying me to go on vacation,” that makes parents nod their heads and say, “Oh, that’s a great idea!”



  • DAYCARES can cost anywhere from $1K-$3K to start up, depending on your home or center, and also depending on how much you already own. Think about cots/cribs/high chairs/playpens/baby swings/etc.
  • PRESCHOOLS only cost about $200 because they don’t require as much furniture.  In most cases, you only need a table and chairs, and lots of floor space. Teachers can use their own kitchen table, as well as their own living room floor to accommodate most of the activities.

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I hope these comparisons have helped you as you choose whether you should start a daycare or a preschool.

About the Author

Joy Anderson

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Preschool expert Joy Anderson is the creator of Preschool In A Box, the complete business kit to help women start preschools in their homes. She is the founder of the home preschool model and has helped thousands of women create a supplemental or full-time income by simply teaching preschool classes to 3- to 5-year-olds for a few hours each day. She still runs her own wildly successful preschool and can often be found running after her five children and husband in Boise, Idaho.

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  2. Jstackhouse

    Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya

  3. Mark

    Hi Joy,

    Sorry, I couldn’t find your contact details, so I’m doing it here.

    I was wondering if you’d like to do a guest post. Do let me know, thanks!


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