You can purchase used playground equipment for your home daycare. When you set up your home you are obviously going to need daycare equipment. One place I have found great deals is at garage sales. Garage Sale Academy is an excellent resource for buying and selling used items at garage sales, yard sales and thrift stores. Pick the name brand quality items for 10 cents on the dollar. When you buy new equipment make sure you buy high quality--remember kids are rough on things. I have made recommendations throughout my website for products I use.
Shirley R Wrong bought so many toys for her daycare room from garage sales she lost one of the kids. Finally, they brought in a blood hound from the pound but called off the search the next morning when the child showed up with his parents.
Let's talk about toddlers and some of the indoor playground equipment they will need, keeping in mind the kind of skills they have at this stage. This will give you a pretty good idea of what you will need for them.
They love to run, jump, climb, skip, hop, load things and dump things- and of course you will prefer that they do these kind of things outside!
So with all of this enthusiasm, you'll want to focus their energy by providing them plenty of interesting indoor playground equipment. Lots of related information on my Toddler Development page.
You can buy these types of used playground equipment at rummage/garage sales, through newspaper ads, from family members, or possibly do a swap with friends or other child care providers.
You could also ask at your local Child Care Resource and Referral if any child care providers are retiring or quitting their business- if so sometimes they will sell their used playground equipment to other providers before they advertise it in a paper. But please be aware if you do buy used playground equipment, inspect it well.
Make sure that it is in good shape- clean with no peeling paint (or lead paint!), no broken or loose parts, or sharp edges. Also be sure it is age appropriate for your group of children.
If you have limited space in your home this can be achieved by possibly rearranging some of your own furniture or temporarily storing some of your things out of the way.
See how easily you can have used playground equipment and indoor playground equipment in your child care home without spending a lot of money! It will help your day go smoother and faster when the kids (and you) are having a good time.
Plus while you are inside, you'll be able promote:
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