Many stay-at-home moms often consider watching other children in their homes to earn some extra money for their family. For those who not only take the idea seriously, but turn it into a business, the result is an in-home day care. Most licensed in-home day cares have to have a separate area for the children. If you are establishing a new in-home day care or would like to give yours a face lift, try some of the decorating ideas below to get you started.
The first thing that you want to do when designing an in-home day care space is to make it colorful and appealing to the children who will be in it. You can choose from a primary color palette that makes ample use of red, blue and yellow or go with a softer, more neutral color palette that focuses on white, brown and blue. No matter what color scheme you feel most comfortable with, make sure that the accent pieces that you plan to use, like the beautiful dragonfly metal art that is perfect for the science nook, match the chosen colors.
Creating enough safe storage areas in an in-home day care setting is important. Not only do you have to take into consideration the size of the storage containers, but you also need to make sure that they do not topple over or present a hazard to the children. Rolling carts that can store a variety of different supplies and toys are especially good, because they are so versatile in their placement. Open storage shelves are also popular, because their open design allows children to easily access and replace toys that have been played with. In addition to the safety concerns, it is also a good idea to make sure that whatever storage containers you use are washable and easy to disinfect.
Kid-size furniture is important to have in your in-home day care space. Child size chairs and tables can make all the difference in children staying on task and being safe. When they feel like they are being given the things they need to grow and learn, children become a lot more receptive to being in school. In addition to kid-size tables and chairs, toy furniture is also important. Just like the storage containers, make sure that any plastic houses, slides or kitchen units are easy to clean. If the furniture is porous or difficult to launder, you may need to search for alternate ideas.
Your in-home day care room does not have to be the fanciest room in the house, but it does have to be bright, cheerful, safe and appealing to children. While you might think that having car metal wall art on the walls will instantly make the space kid-friendly, a better alternative might be hanging up the children’s work instead to recognize their unique talents and personalities.