Last Updated on 15 October 2020 by Gertrude

Starting a daycare business is more than loving children. Loving children and becoming their second parent forms the biggest role of a daycare owner.

You can start daycare from home with no money but there are a few questions which you must answer and they include:

Requirements for Starting a Daycare Business Bringing in 250K Shillings a Month in Kenya

Quick Questions to Answer Before Starting a Day Care in Kenya?

Do you know the requirements for starting a daycare business?

Are you aware of the business permits you’ll require as a daycare owner?

Will you need an Early Childhood Certificate before registering for your daycare?

We’re going to answer these questions and many others in this comprehensive daycare guide for Kenyans wanting to start a daycare business in their homes or as a school.

                                  Start a Day Care Business in Kenya With No Money

How to Write a Daycare Business Plan in an Hour

How to Write a Lean Busines Plan for Your Daycare Business in Kenya

Do you want to start a daycare business but get stuck on how to write a business plan because business plans are daunting?

Shift to writing lean business plans – a lean business plan is quick and effective.

Some of the essentials for writing a lean business plan are questions you must ask yourself and they include:

First of all, think of solving a problem with your daycare


a. What is the problem you want to solve with the daycare?

The problem can be as simple as the product/service you are introducing isn’t available in your area, say, Kileleshwa. You must do a lot of market research online and walking around the area to see what daycare businesses have been around.

b. Who is your ideal customer and where are they?

Do you know everything about your ideal daycare customer and where they live? Do you know how much they are willing to pay for your daycare services? Is a daycare a service your ideal customer would appreciate?

c. Who is your competition?

If you’re beginning a daycare to be like everyone else in your area or in Nairobi, then forget it.

Parents want new daycares with modern facilities for their children. How is your daycare planned?

In a cramped room or in a spacious apartment with everything for every child you accommodate?

What services do you believe and haven’t seen in other daycares are the best to introduce in your daycare business?

Running a daycare means having the best and latest facilities to attract clients who recognise your services.

After conducting marketing research for your daycare, the answers you derive will help you determine what services to include and your pricing.

d. What’s your daycare pricing and why?

Do you know how to price services in your daycare in Kenya?

You need to know who your ideal client is and how much they’re willing to pay.

Ask yourself how much money do you want the parents to pay before you begin reinvesting the earnings into your business?

What’s that sweet pricing point? Parents love daycares providing the best meals (balanced diets for their kids).

Do you have the budget to provide nutritious kids meals in your daycare?

How much do you want to charge the parents?

Should they pay per month or per week or bi-weekly?


a. What’s your Sales Strategy for your daycare business?

b. What’s your Marketing Strategy?

c. Do you need a team?


What are the income goals you want with your daycare? I like to add how much money I want to earn in my business.

So, I write down the exact amount of money I want to earn. And If you’re crazy like me, even budget for it so you get motivated to achieve the money you want.


How do you test your daycare idea for viability?

Business owners are egoistic people, don’t be one.

Test if your services and products you introduce in your daycare are loved by the parents.

Remember, the ones benefitting from your services are children, get a few parents to your daycare for discounted rates to test whether the kids love the idea.

Some ideas include a bit of teaching what they wouldn’t learn in a normal school setting.


Come back to your business plan and revise it according to your findings from income projections and additional services you believe parents will enjoy.

Writing a lean business plan helps you take action with and in your business rather than taking the time to write a plan that gets shelved.

READ MORE: Purchase Your Lean Daycare Business Plan and Get Started

Effectively Marketing Your Daycare

Do you have a marketing strategy for your daycare business in Kenya?

Fear of marketing grapples business owners all the time. If you get afraid or fearful of advertising your business, how will your targeted customers find out about your products?

There are some fun ways of making it easy for you to advertise your business as a daycare owner in Kenya.

Strategies for Advertising Your Daycare Business With No Marketing Experience

If you don’t like advertising, then, how do you expect customers to love your products? Don’t be afraid to advertise, it’s simple and fun when done so.

Think like a baby then advertise for parents because the buyers are parents.

Create Business Cards and Hand Them Out Whenever You Go Out

Every business geared towards babies/kids must be done with colour in mind.

Remember kids are brutal in their opinion, take their opinion seriously.

When creating a business card for your daycare, make it fun, colourful. Let it address the name of your daycare business, and how parents can reach you.

Use colourful fonts for parents to know everything about your daycare is playful and fun.

Create Flyers and Share Them Online

Creating advertisement flyers for your daycare made easy

Share your flyers online on Facebook and other social media. When you’re on Instagram, use the plan or your daycare setting to show a seamless daycare look.

Ensure to have lots of space, you don’t want to cramp kids in your dining room area in a one-bedroom house.

Learn how social media works and how to use social media to effectively publicise your daycare plan without spending a dime.

On social media, Facebook especially where millions of Kenyans visit a day, is the best way of powerful advertisement in the Kenyan market.

On Facebook, show what you’re going to offer in terms of your services to the parents.

TIP: It’s easier to find customers via Facebook living in your area, connect with them.

Use Live Videos on Facebook to show how your daycare is getting planned and why you love starting a daycare business.

People connect with your personality more than just cute pictures.

They say showing the real behind the scenes is the first stage of winning a customer.

To win even more customers, show your menu plans and transport. Remember transportation is something a lot of parents want.

Importantly, show some love to the kids – a daycare is a carer business. Get involved.

There are lots of ideas to show as a part of marketing to parents on Facebook even before having kids, think and be creative.

I love Pinterest and it’s one of the most under-used social media in Kenya.

On Pinterest, share with other would-be daycares owners around the world how you plan your day as a business owner.

You’re going to deal with rowdy and unprogrammed kids throughout, how do you plug out? How do you unwind?

Share your daycare plans (outline) or sell your daycare outline as a printable.

Also, show meal schedules or timetables and how you intend on organising the kids or categorise them from older to smaller. Use lots of fancy pictures, Pinterest is about creating a winning picture.

Instagram is more a show-off place for your daycare.

Show how fancy you planned your daycare and the meal plans for the kids.

Don’t stop here, use Insta-stories and Insta-live to show how you intend on running the daycare share the day to day of the running of your daycare.


There’s fierce competition in daycare business in Kenya. Daycares pop up every single day in all corners in every estate.

You must stand out, by introducing services and products other daycare business owners don’t think about.

Importantly, advertise by staying on one or two social media.

Plan what content you want to advertise then develop a strategy.

READ MORE: How to Use Instagram to Market Your Business in Kenya

How to Start a Daycare Within Your Home With No Money While Remaining Professional

How to start a daycare within your home with no money in Kenya

Children are being born every day in Kenya and mothers are checking ways to work as they keep their children out of the dangers of rogue housemaids.

How do you help working mums ease their schedule by running a daycare from home with no money but while remaining professional and profitable?

Quick Tips for Running a Daycare in Kenya With No Money

Solve a problem

All businesses are started with the aim of solving problems, in your case, parents.

When you run a daycare from your home, you’re a paid baby sitter.

Love the children as if they were yours and don’t pretend about it.

Don’t take in more children than you can handle.

Before taking in children, convert your house whether a one-bedroom or two or whatever it is and ask, what number of children can fit in here?

Is this the perfect environment to house these kids?

If the environment isn’t conducive how can you make it?

Maybe adding a carpet/rug or decorating with a cheap and colourful wallpaper?

You want to have full-time running water because the mess kids create isn’t something that gets dusted away.

You’re going to have to DIY a lot of toys and entertainment and furniture polishing. Do what you have to do to help you save money.

And some DIY crafts you make, you can make plenty of money selling to the parents bringing their kids to your daycare.

Don’t be greedy by taking in more children than your house can handle, take in less.

And as you get more demands or build your reputation, you expand by moving into a bigger spacious house.

The following are ways to make money from your daycare when starting a daycare with no money in Kenya and they include:

  1. Create Toys Kids Toys Then Charge Parents

When we first took our children to daycares 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 playground and space for various activities and playthings.

Like small jikos, sufurias, basins for children.

Make or buy puzzles and scrabbles games to teach children earlier on how to solve puzzles.

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. 

2. Teach crafts to the kids who come to your daycare and earn money to begin your business

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.

And sell the craft kits to parents to use with their kids when daycare is over. Sell what’s not available in the Kenyan craft market.

And ensure the products you sell get tested for toxins.

3. 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.

What is a balanced menu but manageable? You will agree here with me that, surely, this depends on you and the kids.

Some kids have soo many allergies, you have to account for that too.

Some kids can eat just about anything, not meaning to make fun here … but it’s the truth.

This is how I would schedule for a normal kid with no allergies.


Cereals, check out for oats,

plus milk,

scrambled eggs,

freshly made juice,

strawberries or bananas

10 AM Snack

A fruit



Minced meat, chicken, fish,


Pasta with greens

mashed potatoes with some chicken, beef soup,

mashed green bananas with soup, greens.

Keep in Mind, Greens means pumpkin leaves, kales, spinach, tomatoes, green capsicum etc. I have included tomatoes because I think they are a vegetable.

4 PM Snack 

A sweet tooth snack. A cake as long as it’s not too sweet, or bread, or pumpkin pie. Or anything like porridge.


Can give ugali with beef stock, chicken stock and minced chicken and greens.

Or any meal you can think of as long as the kid is not allergic.

For dinner, I am sure not many kids will be available but if they are. Here’s what you can keep in mind, can they eat your family meal without allergies or reactions.

READ MORE: How to Start a Meal Preparing Business in Kenya

The meal preparing business in your business helps increase your profits in the daycare.

When you do some little DIY and become creative, you don’t need to spend a fortune to start a daycare in Kenya.


You can explore with meals offered to kids in Kenya and beyond. Don’t rely on ugali or meals which fatten kids instead of strengthening them and the like or meals which are to add fat.

Think of omena (small fish) and providing healthy bakes and fruits. Sometimes, you can provide smoothies and juices (with no added sugars or flavours) to the kids.

Get creative and imaginative in providing meals for kids.

Kids need healthy bites and bite-size foods, not lump-sum amounts.

Ask the parent beforehand what meals their children are allergic to. And in case of allergies what to do.

Choosing a daycare niche

How to register your daycare business.

Single Business Permit … will know more what class a daycare falls into.

Oh, I can tell a story. I have struggled to talk to the ”right” people to help me register a daycare.

I have been told for over a month about the disappearance of the lady who does registration.

I have enquired, inquired, disquired(this is not an English word, I am expressing anger, dissatisfaction, mortification and disgust) and almost gave up.

Then one day, I found someone at Huduma who helped me know what I needed.

It was just an inquiry for Heaven’s sake.

I wanted to find out. Then I was told it’s only 20,000 plus safety procedures and others which may add to a little more than 20 or 30.

Find out from your local authorities, I hope they will not be as elusive. I will light the torch on this matter in depth … it was a little hilarious.

 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.

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 your 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.

How to Charge/Price For Daycare Services Provided

Hmmm … depends on you and the people you serve.

Imagine if you locate a daycare in Lavington, Karen or Muthaiga.

Would you charge the same as a daycare in Kibra? Not to underestimate anything, but there is a very huge difference in the areas.

If you live in middle-income estates charge middle-income rate. if in high-end estates charge high-end rates.

I can give you a clue: there are monthly rates, this can be like school fees.

Hourly rates for those who bring their kids for half a day.

And there are daily rates for those who bring their kids for a day or two as they search for a house-help.

You can also decide to add to your daycare needs by providing more services to the kids like teaching, transportation, providing laundry services and meals.

How To Find a Suitable Daycare Location?

Daycare 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*.

Tips for Running a Successful Daycare Business

What are the best tips for running a successful daycare business in Kenya?

  1. Love the children

Children love to gossip and when they say, ‘That aunty is a favouritism-kind’ of aunty, you won’t get kids in your daycare

2. You don’t have to start with a million shillings

You can begin your daycare from the comfort of your home with no money.

Start by marketing creatively using social media and organising your daycare to fit as little children as possible.

You want maximum concentration on each child, right?

3. Encourage play

The purpose of daycare 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 daycares comes with providing five-star treatment to children.

4. Expand

Sometimes, it’s not just the small children who need daycare.

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.

Once you choose to expand, educate.

If you have a little training in school, numbers, letters are easy for you, especially if you do it simply and interestingly for kids. In other words, introduce after-daycare services to make more money.

Introducing classes during the daycare hours helps kids learn harder to master subjects like Maths, English and the Sciences.

If parents realise kids understand you better than their school teacher, they are bound to request these after-daycare services from you.

It’s easier to keep scaling your daycare business if you keep offering the best services and facilities.

. 5. 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.

 6. Have fun

For a reason when I stop having fun in my business the pleasure to do the work becomes a chore.

Fun includes going on holiday, doing some fun activities with the kids. Throwing yourself in the moment with the kids.

7. 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 the children as they are gifts from God.

8. 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 daycare mother loves others above others.

9. 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 to write it down.

Show it to yourself, monthly, weekly, quarterly, consistently. Check out what is going on with your business, in your business.

10. Love yourself/ Have a self-care routine

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 my 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 your time, 24 hours.

How Much Money Do I Need to Invest in a Daycare?

Oh, this now is brain cracker.

Know why … you can spend as little as nought to millions of shillings.

If you choose to offer services like playgrounds, are you going to charge the kids? Will it be inclusive in your budget? Will you put up something like this?

Are you going to make things like books? Plush toys?

Have you considered things like remodelling the home, house to suit a daycare need?

How about the kitchen? Will you be stocking the kitchen with five-star meals or should the kids come with their own?

I am thinking If you are to buy essentials it could cost you 300, 000 shillings and above.

You can decide to cut back on these expenses by investing big and reusing things you have in your home.

I plan on reusing my old dirty sofas which I will sew slipcovers for.

Sew plush toys, cloth diapers, cloth training pants, bows, soft shoes, ever heard of quiet books?

Anyway, I am so crafty and a DIY mummy it pains to have time for all these … you can hire me to create for you.

NOTE: Don’t throw anything away … time to get busy with making and sewing bean bags for balls.

Safety Procedures to Consider When Running a Daycare Business

Running a daycare isn’t an easy chore, you’re risking your life when you decide you’re in the business of handling other people’s children.

There are safety precautions for you to adhere to when you want to run a daycare centre in Kenya and they include:

  1. Enhance your sanitation and hygiene.

Have tissues and wipers for kids whose parents haven’t carried for them.

Ensure an 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.

2. How can I as a caregiver protect myself against eventualities and uncertainties like death or illness?

Take a liability insurance cover. You know, I haven’t yet identified with these type of insurance, at least not for now. I promise to update you.

But, a liability cover will ensure no one sues you for negligence. They will not place a claim unless they have sufficient proof.

I also believe it’s good to protect yourself by having laws drawn by a lawyer to distance yourself from such claims.

Death is painful and death of a child under your care. The parents will blame you forever. Sometimes, some parents don’t want to disclose medical history to parents for fear of being judged.

I believe every child-caregiver MUST have rules in place for dealing with emergencies. First being, having an ambulance service from a reputable hospital.

Another, signing forms of User Liability drafted by a lawyer in a lawyer’s office.

However, you want.

Not helpful?

But ensure there is enough space for every child, you and their parents.

Do not take in soo many kids that they can hardly play. Do not allow for soo huge space too.

Balance but always make sure you have an eye for every child.

Crucial in case of kids acting up, pinching or pulling and so on. And provide lots of toys to play.

Keep a play area indoors and outdoors. Indoors you call it a cosying up area, a quiet area. Outdoors it’s a shouting match area after all our motto is: Kids Love Play.


This reminds me, a self compound where there are no neighbours interfering with your work is really … COOL. Some neighbours do not like kids.

Before I provide you with sample daycare plans to help you organise your living room or house or school, here are a few tips to help you look and be organised.

3. 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 whatnot.

4. 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.

5. Have a schedule.

It can be overwhelming to have so many kids like 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.

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There are lots of things to learn in every business, one dealing with children is an example.

You grow with them, correct your mistakes. Introduce daycare services beneficial to kids, services like a 24/7 daycare facility or taking in infants.

Parents will reward you for the easy time you give them to handle/attend to other matters.

Is a daycare business a business you want to pursue in Kenya? A daycare is a highly profitable business in Kenya because kids get born every day during the pandemic or not.

Parents need trusted caregivers for their kids and nannies don’t make the cut because some become Nannies from Hell.

If you provide superb, exquisite daycare services in your daycare centre, you are bound to become a millionaire in a year or two.

When your daycare becomes more and more popular, start running a business, for example, selling toys, meal plan within the daycare to enable you to make more money.

What are your dilemmas stopping you from beginning a daycare centre as a Kenyan? The location? Provide transport. The startup capital?

Start a daycare from your home with no money and grow into a millionaire daycare centre owner or into a kindergarten.




JUDY MWAURA · 21 February 2015 at 11:10 AM

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.

    stephanie · 22 February 2016 at 2:30 PM

    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.

vivah · 6 August 2015 at 7:40 AM

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

    stephanie · 22 February 2016 at 2:25 PM

    Yes please Vivah, go on and start one. The Power of Now.

    Thanks for stopping by.

Davies Omare · 11 January 2016 at 2:36 PM


Kindly advise on the rates to charge

Thank you

    stephanie · 22 February 2016 at 2:24 PM

    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.

Mercy mbaka · 21 February 2016 at 4:19 AM

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

    stephanie · 22 February 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Mercy, happy success in your business endeavours. Mostly, never give up! Got a question, there’s a guide here. Ask me.

Martha Omwony · 3 April 2016 at 4:53 PM

Roughly how much is required to set up

tabby · 12 April 2016 at 6:31 AM

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.

Becky Wanjiku · 16 April 2016 at 6:45 AM

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.

Kernael Anyango · 1 May 2016 at 2:17 AM

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

    Celestine · 21 February 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Try Totoworld

violet odhiambo · 11 May 2016 at 1:01 PM

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

Aluoch · 12 May 2016 at 7:37 AM

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.

Bii Mercy · 17 May 2016 at 3:48 PM

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

Ruth · 18 May 2016 at 1:12 PM

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

    stephanie · 5 July 2016 at 2:44 PM

    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

Grace Elaine · 21 May 2016 at 8:17 AM

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 · 5 July 2016 at 2:41 PM

    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.

Erick Boriga Onsomu · 7 June 2016 at 2:31 PM

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

    stephanie · 5 July 2016 at 2:32 PM

    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.

Eric · 12 June 2016 at 3:37 PM

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

    stephanie · 5 July 2016 at 2:28 PM

    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.

Simon · 19 July 2016 at 5:54 PM

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!

mary kiingati · 23 August 2016 at 2:20 AM

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

Hellen · 23 September 2016 at 1:40 PM

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

    stephanie · 24 September 2016 at 12:27 PM

    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.


Rita · 23 November 2016 at 9:21 PM

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

    stephanie · 2 January 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Go on Rita. A step forward is an accomplishment.

Rita · 23 November 2016 at 9:27 PM

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 · 2 January 2017 at 6:33 PM

    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.

John Smith · 14 December 2016 at 5:04 AM

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 · 2 January 2017 at 6:31 PM

    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.

Lydia · 11 January 2017 at 7:12 AM

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 · 4 February 2017 at 4:26 AM

    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.

Jayjoseph · 11 January 2017 at 1:35 PM

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 · 4 February 2017 at 4:24 AM

    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.

Gladwell · 20 January 2017 at 8:58 PM

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 · 21 January 2017 at 8:17 AM

    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.

Nas · 3 February 2017 at 8:05 AM

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 · 4 February 2017 at 4:31 AM

    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

Amina walale · 7 February 2017 at 11:09 AM

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 · 25 February 2017 at 5:44 PM

    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.

Beatrice · 11 February 2017 at 11:42 AM

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

Muli · 12 February 2017 at 9:26 AM

what are the requirements for starting a day care..

mayan · 22 February 2017 at 6:26 AM

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 · 25 February 2017 at 5:42 PM

    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.

abdallah · 22 February 2017 at 7:23 AM

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

    stephanie · 26 February 2017 at 5:06 AM

    Thank you.

stephanie · 22 February 2017 at 5:31 PM

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.

Keziah Mwaura · 7 March 2017 at 9:02 AM

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 · 8 March 2017 at 12:45 PM

    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.

gladwell muchere · 26 June 2017 at 7:35 PM

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

    stephanie · 28 June 2017 at 5:23 PM

    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.

maureen · 7 December 2017 at 5:52 PM

wow.great article..very informative

    stephanie · 10 June 2018 at 6:50 PM

    Thank you Maureen for reading.

Racheal Murigu · 10 January 2018 at 3:13 PM

Hi Steph,
Thank you, this is very informative.
It has been my dream to start a daycare center and this couldn’t have come at a right time. I am determined to have one started and I guess I start putting the plan in order.
God bless looking forward to your more……

    stephanie · 2 January 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Hello Racheal, thank you for your lovely kind comment. I’m putting together an ebook resource for those who want to start a daycare with a lot of details by April for you to download. You need a resource to successfully implement a business – being informed is very important.

    Also, I’ll ensure to update this article asap with the details I’m talking about so that you can keep abreast with the industry’s changing tunes.

    Hope to see you reading more and succeeding even more in 2019 … Happy New Year.

Nancy · 11 January 2018 at 10:17 PM

Very informative,am currently studying for a diploma i childcare I Europe,I am planning to come back to Kenya and open a daycare,I’ve been here for 10years but I feel I should go home and work with my people,I have great passion for kids,am a mother of one daughter (5year old)I will definitely contact u for advice and ideas.

    stephanie · 10 June 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Hello Nancy, please feel welcome to contact me or subscribe to my email list at gertrude at akinyi@ gmail dot com

    I’m currently updating this content with more info that I have been researching, I’m so hoping you’ll find time to read about starting a daycare or any other business in Kenya. And want more info before you invest in your passion.

    Kind regards to your daughter.

Diana Adengero · 22 January 2018 at 1:01 AM

I love this its a great piece of advice,I will be starting mine in mid February this year. Blessings

    stephanie · 10 June 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Thank you Diana, I am updating this info with more details and even a downloadable PDF as a resource guide which is even more jam-packed with goodies. I hope you’ll be there to read it. Or subscribe to my email to get more details about it at gertrudedot akinyi@

Celestine · 21 February 2018 at 9:21 AM

Very informative. Thanks a lot! I guess guys are used to figures. They should know you determine how much you want to put in any business. Initial costs will include licence (btwn 10k-30k), rent, first aid kit, security, caregivers salary, loan repayments, marketing, toys, screen, etc. This will also determine your charges.

    stephanie · 10 June 2018 at 6:41 PM

    Thank you, it’s not very easy to determine figures when beginning a business and for this case a daycare. Why? Because, areas matter and income levels too, so do individuals. Some want to spend as little as possible to get high returns, others want to splurge on the expenses to create a one of a kind environment – that includes buying the premises instead of renting it out. So expect to spend from nothing to millions of shillings or thousands of dollars.

    If you want to run any successful entity you have to be prepared to spend some money.

Priscilla · 20 June 2018 at 12:05 PM

Thanks for this great article.

Is it advisable to charge per hour, per day or per month?

Some parents would want to leave their kids for hours or days

    stephanie · 21 June 2018 at 11:53 PM

    Find a route that works best that’s why I always insist on having a daycare register, to know your current parent customers, this helps to create a good working relationship so you can charge them monthly. But there are those who want to leave their kids for only a night or a day, those you can charge them hourly, depending on a number of circumstances, are they willing to pay? Encourage them to be repeat customers to get a monthly deal. That’s why I insist again, have a chart ready or in sight for parents to see your rates and their benefits.

    Good luck in your journey, I have updated this article and will soon have a downloadable PDF for it, would you love to get more info about it? To stay in the loop with how to charge, what to feed and licences required to run a successful daycare?

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