Child Day Care: Tips for running a successful day care in Kenya 2015.

Children are adorable, you will never know until you have had them. Having the strongest affection a parent can want, once you have one – the love grows intensely and ‘wickedly’ sweet you want to keep staring at them all day, hour, night – in the order you would love.

Sometime ago, I thought of beginning a daycare business in my area. I had a few things to consider though: location, licence, water as at that time there wasn’t adequate water where we lived among many other things. After thinking, over thinking and rethinking I thought this business wasn’t meant for me. It was, I put too many obstacles on my way.

Licensing. Before bringing children to your home make sure you have the correct licensing to engage in the business. Reason being, sometimes, accidents happen and with children around the percentage is a little higher. Make sure you have talked with the officials at the Municipal offices so they run a check to verify if your premises is ideal for this business. I know most of you will beg to differ or even become randomly violent but, this is very ideal. Operate your business in daylight and not at night time when people have closed. The Municipal men and women are quite understanding once you co-operate with them. It makes you very credible when you stick some paper on you premise to identify you and make you a credible person. Many avoid the municipal because they also ask for a diploma paper to verify you have studied for a course in Early Childhood Development. While I agree, sometimes it isn’t very essential if you provide proof of having worked with your children, if you have any. Learn how to write a business plan here.

You will never run out of business. Children are being born every day. And mothers are increasingly checking for ways to work as they keep their children out of dangers of rogue housemaid like this one. The day care provides you with a steady supply of income due to this. As long as your business is good by providing great services, of course, chema chajiuza, good sells itself. Provide five star business and mothers will run to you whether you live in a place where you will have to pay for transport. We go far to have our babies to have best lives we can afford.

Spare money to make money. When we first took our children to day cares it was for the sole purpose of having her or him have a place to stay until I come home, right? Nowadays, we look for the best. We want to have our kids not only have a place to live in for hours, but, have excellent games, space, food. Provide for extra money. Toy games, a play ground and space for various activities and play things. Like small jikos, sufurias, basins for children. They are available for a lesser price. Make or buy puzzles and scrabbles games to teach children earlier on how to solve puzzles. Find resources for you or I can help research for you. If you have pets, teach kids how to walk pets. Avoid pets who shed fur, you don’t want those explorers getting sick. There are plastic laptops for a few thousand shillings, 3,999 on Jumia or local supermarkets, go on look. They teach children letters early on.

Encourage play. The purpose of a day care is for the children to have a second home away from home. Provide space in the house if living in a small area or neighbourhood, disarrange the furniture for the kids. Letting them explore what they love to do by themselves, you could put some clay, model clay, toys, ropes, swings, video games and cartoon times, mud. Each child with different activities to do. See, the success of day cares comes with providing five star treatment to children.

Expand. Sometimes, it’s not just the small children who need day care. Some bigger ones, at least six years or below ten always need some attendance. They can help look after the smaller ones later in the evening or play with them after school. The reason being … .

Once you choose to expand, educate. If you have a little training in school, numbers, letters is easy for you, especially if you do it simply and interestingly for kids. Encouraging kids who are having difficulty in maths or sciences or languages to love these disciplines earlier. What does this mean? More money for the day care woman or man. Are there men operating day cares? ”Mum, my day care teacher knows maths”. ”Or, my child has really improved on numeracy this term or semester. Can you offer extra hour lessons to her/him?”. It pays to expand knowledge.

Keep learning. Trends keep changing, kids keep having new ways they want to be handled and their parents too. Parents are ready to pay an extra dime as long as it caters for their children’s needs being tackled with love and care. No wonder centres are growing for children. No wonder those centres look so admirable on cameras because, those who run them know the importance of trends. Learn the trends too you don’t want to be left out.

Provide food. Yes, if some children don’t bring food from home, offer them at a lesser or as an inclusive price when parents are registering on day one.

Provide a register. Some days parents bring in their children, other times they don’t. Make sure to register children; new, old and constant ones. Getting parents’ contacts. This is not only important but, helps during emergencies in case of accidents or allergic outbreaks. Greet parents, encourage them to always keep in touch, provide details about their children’s health and so on. Let them provide feedback for your business. Feedback is a great way to know what to keep doing and what not.

Secure your home and children. Keeping a constant eye not only on the children but also on your home. Make it safe for kids to play in, ensuring that there are no sharp objects lying around. Or are out of reach of children. Others like medicine should be kept in sealed drawers and cabinets.

Teach crafts to school. Little minds love to be kept business every time. Teach them how to draw funny pictures of their mum, dad or relatives. How they look. How to paint for kids, make papier mache and so on. It doesn’t need a designer, kids love to make their minds busy.

Have a schedule. It can be overwhelming to have so many kids as yours and give you love. Others can be very violent, calm or jumpy, quick and slow. Know when what comes first and what carries the day. How do you finish the day?. How are you to begin the day, when, where?. Will you stretch out, jog or pray or dance?. When should the kids sleep? When can they have some treats for best behaviours? Plan ahead.

It’s a challenge. Having children running around, others tripping and falling? Others wanting you to stay with JUST them the whole day? It can be seriously brain strangling if you went in there for the money. Go there loving those kids with so much love, knowing no day will be the same. Love this, love them children as they are gifts from God.

Find a suitable location. A day care can be located anywhere, but, remember parents don’t want to travel miles away or take their children in unsafe neighbourhoods even if your services are above par. They want you to be found just like you want you to be found. Be available. Put posts, where you can be found. Allocate an arrow to indicate where, if it’s just a few metres away from the road. Be available on phone, too. Carry your mobile phone all the time when dealing with children. *The importance of having contacts of parents too in the register*.

Treat children equally. Some teachers I know will always treat other kids with love and better than others. Children are clever and will know. They will tell their parents and parents don’t want to hear that the day care mother loves others above others.

Know this is a business. Keep records, books, schedules, meetings, management, invoices, in short, all bills. You expect returns with your business, you want someone to pay you – write it down. Show it to yourself, monthly, weekly, quarterly, consistently. Check out what is going on with your business, in your business.

Love yourself. Of course, you say. Remember you want to make your business stand out. Every time of the week, hour, minute, you just want to be there to confirm it’s progress. Forgetting yourself is easy. Schedule a time like Sundays when most parents are at home taking care of their children. Make it me time or time for you and your children. Make it cuddling time, think about you, you and you. Business aside. Provide that schedule to the parents, unless, it’s really necessary. I would recommend though to make it you time, 24 hours.

Don’t be afraid to advertise. Tell people, draw business cards, tell parents of parents, put fliers. Tell others what you do. Believe in your abilities. Start small then let the small keep growing until you reach where you want to go. There’s lots of avenues for advertising nowadays, Olx Kenya, is one such channel. With time, you can go national or even turn your day care into a school.

Enhance your sanitation and hygiene. Have tissues and wipers for kids whose parents haven’t carried for them. Ensure adequate supply of clean water and toilet, with plenty of water. Boil water to drink and encourage kids to drink too as it’s healthy for them. Encourage washing hands before eating, after visiting the toilet. Kids love to be reminded, once it gets to be their routine … well, they recall.

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There’s lots of things to learn in every business, one dealing with children is an example. You grow with them, correct your mistakes. Introduce services beneficial to kids and their parents will reward you. I would love to provide a very detailed guideline on day care business in Kenya but, I would love to hear from you. I wrote this guide in detail so if you have any issues, questions, puzzles, you can find a guide here. Of course, they are never complete, hearing from you is so amazing.

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54 Responses to Child Day Care: Tips for running a successful day care in Kenya 2015.

  1. JUDY MWAURA says:

    I wd like to start a daycare business preferably in umoja if i can get a house with a compound.
    how do i go about it. do i set up first and then apply for license. apart from the licence wat else is required.
    i dont have an ECD diploma..will that disqualify me.
    your article is so informative but i need to know more.
    thnx

    • stephanie says:

      Find the licencing first before the compound. After you’re set to operate a legal business then you’ll know there’s no looking back others can fall into place.

      Though not a compulsory requirement, an ECD is very crucial in this regard. It’s normally a requirement because of handling little kids, some with special needs and so on. But, you can enquire from your local municipality for further clarification.

      Otherwise, I’m sorry for the late reply hoping that your business took off. Please come back and offer some guidance, correction or more insight.

  2. vivah says:

    this is my passion and calling. thank you for encouraging me.

  3. Davies Omare says:

    Hi

    Kindly advise on the rates to charge

    Thank you

    • stephanie says:

      Hello Mr. Davies, rates depend upon your locality, the initial investment you have put in your business. You can also consider other after service rates like for example, the ”odd hours”. Maybe you take kids from 8 to 5, what would you love to do when or if a parent comes at night? What if you get night kids? Do you want to charge per hour, per two hours or per day, month?
      Please consider affordability and competitive rates or uniqueness like night schedules!
      Happy Day Care Business.
      Got a concern, come back and shoot it here. Thank you.

  4. Mercy mbaka says:

    Thanks for the advice… Soon am opening a day care..i have all ideas i needed.Be blessed

  5. Martha Omwony says:

    Roughly how much is required to set up

  6. tabby says:

    please tell me the approximately amount of cash one should have before making arrangements to open a day care.Iam a nurse and i think i should stay with children.

  7. Becky Wanjiku says:

    Hi am trying to inquire on licencing and the cost of licencing for a day care. Would you be able to advice on the cost of licence and the category in which a day care falls on.

  8. Kernael Anyango says:

    Hi am currently running a day care tnx for the advise .i have beautifull ideas but am not financialy stable what do i do?

  9. violet odhiambo says:

    thank you. which licence do I need for business or for education. or health certificate

  10. Aluoch says:

    Dear Stephanie,
    I am delighted to read your article. I have a wealth of experince in working with the children and would like to start a day care soonest possible. What do you think are the greatest challenges in this busuiness.

  11. Bii Mercy says:

    I loved the article and i now know what to do and what not with regards to starting and running a successful day care. Thanks

  12. Ruth says:

    Thank you so much this was very helful. i was toiling around with this idea but now am proceeding without a doubt.

    • stephanie says:

      Thank You Ruth. Please update us if you have successfully set up the day-care. It will be good to hear from you and your sincere experiences from what you have learnt so far. I also would want to welcome you to my blog, please keep reading as new content is soon coming your way. It’s content to add to your income, quit your day job and make money on the side. Your side business your hero, all these from the comfort of your home. Keep reading

  13. Grace Elaine says:

    This is very informative. I have been struggling with some business idea and i think you have just given me one that i like.
    Thank you and share more info and hopefully more business ideas

    • stephanie says:

      Thank you so much Grace. Check more often from the 5th of July for newer content on how Kenyans can make money both online and offline. SOme content will be free for a limited period, others will be in an ebook where I will price in a few hundred shillings for one to access it. With lots of links for, to websites to make money from and other job boards or selling your businesses. I am updating more content about making money as many people have requested for such information … it’ll be new, exciting and challenging. Keep checking.

  14. Erick Boriga Onsomu says:

    Thanks for your nice advice, may you be blessed highly.I plan to start one very soon.

    • stephanie says:

      Hello Erick, I’m so glad something of value happened to have occurred in this blog. Please check out more ways for a Kenyan to make money online, a series I will begin to work on and eventually make it to an ebook. I will give an offer to the first few 10 readers for free. It will include ideas others haven’t featured on their blogs and even where to get the jobs. Ideas others have featured plus the dos and don’ts.

      Keep reading to be updated.

  15. Eric says:

    Hi, could you be having a rough idea how much is the licence. Am i also needed to register with ministry of education

    • stephanie says:

      Hello Eric, sorry for very very late reply… if you have got an answer about the licensure procedure, mind you updating us of how you went about it? I don’t know about licensing in other counties, since we moved to the county governments, some things work slightly different, like operating a daycare business. Check with your county, there, you will find some helpful people and tips too.

  16. Simon says:

    Quitting my Dubai job soon. Once I have the business pln in place then I’ll be good to go. Thanks a bunch Steph-)))) just checking whether the eBook is ready for purchase. Tata!

  17. mary kiingati says:

    Thanx for the advice i have been thinking about diffrent business ideas to invest my savings on and none has come to place and having worked with kids before i thought of a day care for starters please just mention roughly the capital to start with

  18. Hellen says:

    Hi, Stephanie .
    just gone through your rich points on how to come with a successful daycare.luckily i have one in umoja kenya though the space is a challenge but believe GOD will create abigger space for me .Kindly advice on the menu that’s so manageable but then balanced.
    kindly advise if there is a way a caregiver can be protected lawfully during cases like death that might occur in day care though we are not anticipating for that ,but its god to have rough ide
    Thanks

    • stephanie says:

      Hello Hellen, I am so glad you have a daycare going. I have been asked a lot of questions about running a daycare through this post. I am happy it impacted people, prompted me to write an ebook on various ways to make money in Kenya online and offline. Anticipating its release early October or in October if all goes well.

      As for the daycare questions you have raised, what good questions you have. I was thinking of updating this post by making it a Q&A for all the questions that have been asked. Please check back tomorrow, 25th September to have more information.

      Please, keep reading as your support is my happiness and Happy Children too.

      Stephanie.

  19. Rita says:

    Thanks for the info. U want to start a daycare in unoja estate. Thanks

  20. Rita says:

    Thanks for the info.I want to start a daycare in umoja estate. Atleast from you i have a roough idea on how to go about it.

    • stephanie says:

      Please go on Rita and come back or blog for us your journey. I would love to hear of any new adventures you have met there. Don’t forget we’re here for you if you need any help or encounter any hurdles and or joy and challenges.

      Thank you for reading.

  21. John Smith says:

    Well written. I love the part where one must and should have passion for kids to work with children. And, I am a lover of little children as well.

    • stephanie says:

      Thank you John. I have heard cases of babies and kids being ”injured” in daycares. The parents later come to discover the daycare owner was a ”human-eater”, (pun intended). This job like any other, for one to get fulfillment, has to be passionate and know, ”there is no easy money”. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Look out for more of this post as I intend to upgrade it with information from questions I have been asked.

      Thank you for stopping by.

  22. Lydia says:

    So inspiring,I am a campus finalist and this has been my long life desire .Thanks for shedding more light.i look forward to accomplishing this noble mission successfully.Thanks for the inspiration

    • stephanie says:

      Wow, I am so glad and happy for you. Please keep looking as I will ensure to update this post and many more on making money offline and online in Kenya.

  23. Jayjoseph says:

    Hi Stephanie …I just graduated n hv been toilling with the idea of a daycare since am good with children and love working from home…the problem is am scared and Don’t how much capital is required to start one

    • stephanie says:

      Hello JayJoseph, congratulations on your graduation. You shouldn’t be scared to begin with something that is your passion. On capital, you can start with as much or as little as you want or like. The goal is to make your daycare unique, with unique offerings. Look at the bigger picture …loving someone else’s baby.

      Congrats once more and go for it.

  24. Gladwell says:

    Hallo thank you for your article I read it last year and I plan to begin my day care this year. One question I may ask what would u advice on taking kids younger than 6mnths for working single mums

    • stephanie says:

      Hello Gladwell, please go on open. Change comes from a step. . . I promised to update this article to include other details I have found … I will do that soon.

      Otherwise, do share your experience so far.

  25. Nas says:

    Hey, thank you so much for your informative article. It’s my second day in baby care biz though have not had any children. I choose not to give up. Kindly provide your mobile number

    • stephanie says:

      Hello Nas, you normally don’t get babies the first day of your operation this is sometimes factored by location. But, keep looking out, place an advertisement, board or fliers or something strategically where people will see it. Talk to mums of small kids and babies. Start small I always say …five is fine then go from there. Sometimes it will be one and sometimes overwhelming. Hold your patience and love those kids when they start coming. You can get me on email for further enquiries, gertrude dot akinyi at gmail dot com

  26. Amina walale says:

    Stephanie,
    really you are the voice that Jesus is speaking to me thru yesterday i went literally on my stomach on the floor and asked Jesus to give me something to do and i really cried while praying today i decided to google and here i am wallah am starting the center this has been my childhood dream promise to assist me all thruogh according to the will of God.

    • stephanie says:

      Hello Amina, contact me with your ideas and I will guide you on how to go about starting a daycare. My email address is gertrudedotakinyi@gmaildotcom

      I have lots of information about daycare business … feel free to ask me anything on my email.

  27. Beatrice says:

    Very informative article. I have worked with children for 10yrs now. I plan to quit my job in April to begin daycare centre. Nothing can stop me now coz am excited to do it as business but also as a passion. Kudos to you for info

  28. Muli says:

    what are the requirements for starting a day care..

  29. mayan says:

    hi stephanie
    wow thanks for the great insights.being wondering how to start though have being having ideas in my head.I love kids and would want to have a positive influence on them thnks

    • stephanie says:

      Check my updated version of daycare operation. You have to subscribe to my email to get more insights into the daycare business. . . a resource is in the making which will have a lot of info on daycare business.

  30. abdallah says:

    Your all above explanations are very clear and
    helpful ideas.
    Thank you

  31. stephanie says:

    I have updated this post with a Q and A from you my readers. Check out a resource with all the information on running a successful daycare that makes profit.

    It’s going to be on release soon … 13th March, 2017.

    Keeping reading and subscribing.

    Thank you for being my readers.

  32. Keziah Mwaura says:

    Hello Stephanie,
    Thanks for your kind info.
    I am a retiring principal with great interest with kids. Been thinking of a day care for so many years. Pursuing some premises and licensing and will definitely need you.
    I have have slight experience with kids at a day care which was part of a bigger schhool. They facinated me all the time.

    • stephanie says:

      Thank you Keziah. I hope you will come back for exciting details of running a daycare in my resource coming in a few days’ time.

      Thank you again for reading.

  33. gladwell muchere says:

    thank you…. il like to know on legal aspects where does a lawyercome in.

    • stephanie says:

      Hello, thank you Gladwell.

      You are dealing with other people’s children and their later eventualities are unknown. What do I mean? You may have a menu allergic to a child, you try applying er, call an ambulance and the child dies. God forbid. She died under your custody. The parent may blame you, sue you, tempt to throw you out of business. You must have a legal document to protect you against this. Also, think of special needs children, they need special attention, what happens in case something happens under your custody?

      Look at it as protecting your business during emergencies and insuring a daycare is something many daycare owners neglect. You must never overlook some legal advise!

      Good luck with your venture.

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