We're considering starting an in-home daycare to bring in extra money. We would just keep two kids in addition to our own, so that we wouldn't have to be licensed (and with just me there I wouldn't want more than that really).
We have a fairly large house with a playroom (certain rooms or areas can be gated off if need be). We have a big backyard. I'm CPR certified. I'd include breakfast, lunch and a snack. I'm starting to do more crafty preschool learning activities with my four year old (who will be homeschooled), so I'd have the other children join in if they were old enough.
What would you like to see in an in-home daycare that I haven't listed?
How can I go about finding out if a kid is a good fit for us? Should we do some sort of trial period? I don't want to be stuck with a kid who destroys everything they see or who bites or bullies, etc.
I am wary of the commitment of being tied down to a ten hours a day, five days a week schedule...but being able to make money while staying home would really help us out right now. I'd love to hear your thoughts.