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Home Daycare How-To's

Home Daycare How-To’s: Resources

Resources and printables for home daycare

Below are a list of PDF resources that I made use of during my home daycare years.  Included are my handbook, policies, interview log and more.  I hope they will be of some use to you!

** Please feel free to use these, edit them, and distribute them to others who can use them, but all use must be FREE.  You may not sell these for any reason. **


Sample Handbook With Policies

Sample Child Interview Log

Sample Bill Of Services Rendered

Sample Daily Report (designed to be printed back to back)

Sample Administration of Medication FormFreeEBook

Sample Sign-In/Sign-Out

Sample Payment Record

Permission To Transport/Permission To Photograph

Home Daycare Comparison Chart (for parents interviewing at several daycares)

Sample Menu

Notice of Change of Hours

Sample Daily Schedule

Termination/Discontinuation of Care Letter






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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Trisha

    Thank you so much for these templates. I have been staring at my licencing package thinking, “where the hell should I start?!” I am going to be opening up my own he daycare on Vancouver Island this winter and these will be a great help to get me in the right direction. Thanks again!

    • Megan Elford

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for letting me know, and I hope your new daycare gets off to a great start! Let me know how it goes 🙂

  2. Katie Crandall

    Thank you SO much! This is unbelievably helpful!

  3. Dainty

    This is soooo helpful..thanks a million. Keep up the good work

  4. Alana

    Thank you!! I had no idea where to start. This is amazing!

  5. Susan

    Your information has been very valuable. I just wanted to ask you how do you get your day care to fill up. We are just starting and have put an ad on craigs list. Any suggestions on how to attain toddlers?

    • Megan Elford

      Hi Susan, sorry for taking so long to respond! I’m going to do a video about this very soon, but in the meantime, here are a few ideas: leave business cards at all of the dentist/doctor/chiropractor offices, office buildings and apartment buildings in your area, put posters up at grocery stores, use magnetic business cards for outdoor mailboxes, light posts, playgrounds, etc., post on your Facebook or Twitter statuses and ask friends to share or retweet, create a daycare website, submit your daycare name to online daycare listing sites (in Canada: daycarebear.ca, among others), tell everyone you talk to that you run a daycare (even if they don’t have kids themselves, they may know of someone in need of daycare).

      If you don’t have a ton of money to sink into advertising, I would recommend concentrating on online avenues. Most parents of toddlers are very internet savvy and will start their search for daycare online. The more places you can find to post your daycare name and contact info, the more likely they are to find you. And, it’s almost always free to list online ;-).

  6. Monica

    Hello, Great Resources! I am interested in learning more on how to set up a space for childcare in my basement. Any ideas…. I live in the VA area.

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