Working From Home As A Child Care Provider

For anyone who ever wonders what my wife thinks of her job of running a daycare, here is the answer as I proudly present another guest post from my wife. -Tim

Working from home presents its own unique challenges, so here are my pros and cons for working from home as they specifically relate to providing child care in your own home.


  • No commute: This is worth my son’s weight in gold as I don’t have to haul the boys somewhere every morning and is very nice in the wintertime living in Saskatchewan.
  • No dress clothes required: I have some nicer clothes for occasions that call for dressing up, but generally all my clothes are of the comfortable and casual variety.  This was really great when I was pregnant with our second son as maternity clothes and work clothes period are quite pricey as any woman who needs to dress up for her job can tell you.
  • No other work costs: I don’t eat out for lunch or grab coffee/breakfast on the way to work.
  • I get to be at home with our sons: This was one of the reasons I decided to become a child care provider, Tim and I love the fact that I can be at home with our boys.  We also don’t have to pay childcare costs.
  • I can easily stay in shape: Ever run around with a couple kids on the playground? Or spend an hour building towers with Lego trying to keep the kids from eating the Lego and the tower up right? ‘Nuff said.


  • No co-workers: The people you work with can often become your friends as you have common starting point.  Working from home, I lack this and as such have had a harder time making friends since we moved to Regina (This can also be pro as most people have a story about a co-worker that they couldn’t work with for whatever reason).  Sometimes the only adults I talk to during the day are the parents briefly when they drop off and pick up their kids.
  • No back-up: If I or one the boys get sick, I throw other people’s days out of whack.  And as Tim can tell you, it’s hard to be at home sick when there’s a bunch of kids running around downstairs.
  • No benefits: No paid sick days or vacation days.  If I don’t work, I don’t get paid.  If I want extended health/dental benefits, I need to look into a private run plan like Blue Cross.  I also don’t have access to EI (currently), which is a pain for women as that’s where maternity leave benefits come out of.  My CPP when I’m eligible to collect it will be very small, even after taking off the years they allow for raising your kids as I pay only on my profits. For example, one year, I paid about $70 into CPP.
  • It’s hard to get away from my job: I can’t leave work at the office, the toys are still there when the last kids go home.  I still have my sons to deal with and my nieces and nephews at family gatherings, it’s impossible for me to get away from kids (I’ve tried, they just keep finding me, especially my own *grin*).

At the end of the day though, my favourite part of what I do is that I get to make a real difference in children’s lives.  This is the greatest reward for me, feel free to barf if you want to, but it’s true.   I honestly like my job, I love being able to work with kids, it’s what I’m good at.  Yes, there are not so great days, but I have yet to meet someone who likes their job every day.  What really matters is that the good days always outweigh the not so good days.  And oh, yes, thank-you Tim for all that you have done to make it possible for me to do what I do.  (Editor’s Note: No I really didn’t add that line, she did that all by herself.  No wonder I love this woman.)

6 thoughts on “Working From Home As A Child Care Provider”

  1. Thanks for the post. I work from home too , albeit in a different capacity, but many of your points apply.

    Just wondering Tim, for a future post could you address EI benefits for self-employed (to start in January 2010 I believe)?

    Thanks, and happy holidays!

  2. THanks for showing the pros and cons – this is something my wife and I would consider doing in the future.

    I can see that the planning must be right in terms of EI benefits but another benefit would be the ability to deduct expenses in the home for tax purposes – even toys.

  3. I loved reading that last part (no it did not make me barf). I never wanted to have kids, so I don’t really feel that way about them. It makes me feel so good when I read that you do feel that way. You are of course a person meant to be a parent.

    But even more special that you also share that with other kids, because it sounds like you are a person making a genuinely positive impact on their lives.

  4. Steve: Definitely do your homework before making a decision either way.

    Retired Syd: Thanks for your beautiful words, I really do love being a parent and I really do love the fact that I can and do make a positive impact on a child’s life and their parents as well.

  5. You nailed it with this article. The bad days are really bad, but the benefits outweight them by a mile!

    It has allowed us to have one parent home all the time (thus eliminating our former arguments about who should have to take the sick kid day off!), to homeschool our children, to eat way better, and to be available to help out the occasional friend when they arrive at their children’s school only to discover that it has been declared a “snow day”!

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