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What you must buy before opening a home-based daycare

Are you planning to open a home-based daycare? Here is a list of the things you will have to purchase. Note that this is a general list that must be adapted to your personal situation and needs. Please use it more like a list of suggestions, not obligations!

 

Furniture:

  • Changing table
  • High chair(s) and booster seat(s)
  • Cubbyholes for cloakroom or a bench with shelves and hooks
  • Naptime mattress(es) or small cot(s) for children 18 months and older
  • Crib(s) or play yard(s) for children under 18 months
  • Storage units for toys
  • Book displays or storage units
  • A table for meals, snacks, games, and crafts
  • Small chairs
  • A Ray-Lax chair or a chair that will be comfortable for you, the early childhood educator
  • Storage unit for children's personal belongings and bedding
  • Locked storage unit for cleaning and/or toxic products
  • Locked medicine cabinet

Accessories and decorations:

  • A shelf for storage over your changing table
  • Curtains or blinds for windows
  • Bulletin board or dry-erase board to display messages, your menu, etc.
  • Changing table pad and mattress cover
  • A few frames for displaying artwork, family pictures, etc.
  • Rugs or mats
  • Colourful cushions for your reading/relaxation area

Educational games and toys:

  • Kitchen with accessories (dishes, plastic food items, pots and pans, etc.)
  • A grocery cart with a cash register
  • Arts & crafts material (paintbrushes, crayons, chalk, paper, cardboard, glue, scissors, etc.)
  • Double-sided easel (for use with markers and chalk)
  • Workbench with a variety of tools
  • A wide selection of books
  • Several board games and puzzles
  • Dolls and accessories
  • Musical instruments
  • Figurines: people, insects, dinosaurs, etc.
  • A garage with cars and trucks
  • A doctor's kit
  • Different types of blocks (Mega Bloks, wooden, etc.)

Other:

  • A gate for your stairway (if necessary)
  • Safety products (locks for drawers and cupboards, safe door handles, electrical outlet caps, etc.)
  • Dishes, utensils, baby bottles, trainer cups, etc.
  • Bibs and facecloths
  • Stepping stool (for changing table and/or sink)
  • Walking rope or multi-child stroller
  • Potty or potty seat
  • Laundry basket
  • Diaper disposal system or garbage
  • Recycling bin
  • First aid kit

Extras (if needed or just for fun):

  • Small refrigerator
  • Microwave oven
  • Filing cabinet or storage area for paperwork, contracts, accounting documents, etc.
  • Television (if desired)

Good luck!


Annick Dufresne
Interior designer (Créations Addap)


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