I was painting the daycare walls, and giving the house a good clean yesterday as I set-up the play space. It got me thinking about why I love providing family daycare in my home (as opposed to a purpose built space, such as a basement area):
- In a subtle way it elevates the value I place on children and their right to the best of what I have to offer. When I ran daycare before it was in a basement suite - it was darker, more enclosed. Looking back it sent a message that there was prime real estate upstairs which the children couldn't access.
- I love that my child care and homemaking blend so nicely. I can make someone a late breakfast in the kitchen, or throw some messy play clothes in the laundry while interacting with the kids. In the past I had thought that my home would remain clean and tidy when I ran daycare in the basement. The opposite was true! The space I spend my time in (play space) remains tidy - homemaking when running daycare in a seperate space did not happen:)
- Having the daycare in our living room requires that the daycare environment be home-like, clutter-free, and attractive. I do 'take-down' the daycare stuff at the end of the week, but we live with it for a considerable amount of time. I don't want to look at broken, plastic, untidy toys - and I'm sure the kids don't either.
|Navy Beans in the sensory table.|
|A new IKEA tent creates some seclusion.|
|I moved the reading chair into the living room for a while.|
Joyfully surrounded by children,