If you’re running a home day care or even considering starting a home day care, defining a space for activities, children’s needs, and keeping your home day care separate from your family life, is crucial. Deciding how to define and better use your space can make having a home day care business easier for you and the children you care for each day.
Home Day Care in the US
According to this infographic from the US Census Bureau, in 2011, of the 32.7 million children in a regular child care arrangement, and of that, 13% are in a home day care setting. Home day care facilities come in many sizes, price ranges, and vary in the scope of services they offer to clients. In addition, according to Babycenter.com, licensing requirements vary from state to state, but the gold standard for home day care accreditation by the National Association for Family Child Care. Acquiring licensing and accreditation is one way to make your home day care stand out from others, and the internet is overflowing with industry-related websites and forums addressing the questions, trials, and tribulations of starting or running a home day care business.
Some home day care providers focus specifically on children over the age of one, while others offer care for children from birth to age 5, and others also offer an after school care option. Another strategy for getting and maintaining clients is showcasing the quality and quantity of services you provide, and through the professional image you portray.
Defining Space in Your Home Day Care
Being able to show parents that your home day care business offers their children a professional but the homelike atmosphere, is very important. To do this, take stock of how your day care runs on a day-to-day basis and use that to help you decide if your home day care can benefit from a Screenflex Portable Room Divider. Could you and the children greatly benefit if from the ability to:
- Quickly create a sick child area.
- Designate a separate infant space to keep them safe from rambunctious toddler play, but both easily accessible, and still in the same room with you.
- Provide a quiet nap area for those who still need a day time rest break.
- Create a private area for potty training children, and/or a diaper changing area. By making a separate area, you stay in the same room with all the children while you tend to toileting needs, give privacy to potty trainers, and keep other children out of possible unsanitary situations.
- Have a designated library, reading area, or classroom
- Have a way to display photos, schoolwork, art projects, and important updates, so parents can see them when they pick up and drop off.
- Separate your home day care business from your family space in the blink of an eye!
Now that you recognize the benefits of creating new areas by dividing your space, where do you go from here? One of the common questions our customers ask us is: which divider should I use in my home daycare? Our room dividers come in 36 heights and lengths to accommodate any size room. So, depending on the size of your rooms, we have what you need. Our room divider consultants can design a free custom floor plan for you based on your specifications. And Screenflex room dividers lock into place and can even be connected together if you need more length; such as if you need to divide a long basement. A few other important room divider options that might work well in a home day care are ScotchgardTMProtection and antimicrobial finishes.
Room Divider Options for Your Home Day Care
A different option to consider is if your day care business leans more toward being a preschool, than using a rolling Portable Classroom cabinet. These units have a large whiteboard, 2 cabinets, and two built-in self-storing portable walls that fold out, only when you need them. Another is for displaying photos, schoolwork, art projects, and important parent updates, you might even consider adding one of our tackable Art Display Tower to your home day care business.
Because Screenflex room dividers are sleek in design, collapse down to a 2′ x 3 size, and fit through a standard doorway, they are a perfect addition to your home day care. Our Portable room dividers and rolling portable classrooms allow you to create the perfect educational space or divide space for quiet or privacy when you needed. Depending on the size of your space, adding a Screenflex Portable Room Divider or a Light Duty Screen to your home day care or preschool can help you with creating any of these areas. Most importantly, a room divider allows you to quickly create an instant barrier to store away day care items when the business day is finished, and quickly turns it right back into your family home!
Give one of our room planning consultants a call today at 800-553-0110, and they can tell you about our current offers and rebates, and help you find just the right room divider for your home day care business.