Are you thinking about starting your own daycare business? If so, congratulations! Early education is a must for working parents and is critical for shaping the healthy development of young children. By pursuing a career in childcare, you can make a real impact on society and the families you serve.
One of the first steps to opening a daycare is to design the layout of your center. In this guide, you’ll learn about daycare floor plan ideas you should use based on your program’s specific needs. We’ll also share helpful resources to help make the process of creating a floor plan as easy and cost-effective as possible.
How do I start designing my daycare floor plan?
The first step to providing high-quality childcare services is to create a daycare environment where your students, staff, and families can thrive.
Before deciding on the floor plan you want to use for your daycare business, carefully consider your program’s needs in the following areas:
- The total number of children you will serve
- The total number of people who will come into your center regularly
- Number of classrooms and offices
- Space for staff needs
- Adequate room for indoor activities
- Storage space
- Kitchen and food preparation
- Safe and accessible entry and reception areas
Once you have a clear understanding of your center’s space requirements, you’re ready to start designing a floor plan that will best suit your needs and support the goals you have for your childcare business.
What are sample daycare floor plans I can follow?
The best layout for your daycare business will vary depending on your program’s specific requirements, such as how many children your center will serve or how many classrooms you’ll need. Here are some ideas for daycare floor plans categorized by program size.
Small daycare floor plans (1-20 children)
Source: Kaplan Early Learning Company
This childcare center layout is suitable for programs with 8 children or less. The design includes space for active play, a discovery area, and sleeping cots.
Source: The Inclusion Lab
In this daycare floor plan, shelving helps to divide the space into an entryway, play area, soft area, and eating area.
Medium daycare floor plans (20-50 children)
Source: Wilkins Builders
This childcare center floor plan accommodates around 30 children. The design features distinct classrooms for different age groups and an ADA-accessible bathroom.
Source: Andrea’s Portfolio
This childcare center layout is ideal for 20-25 children. The design includes designated storage areas for toys and books and spaces for group time, guided reading, and dramatic play.
Large daycare floor plans (more than 50 children)
Source: Silver Point Development
This childcare center floor plan is suitable for up to about 90 children. It features separate classrooms for different age groups, a staff lounge, and multiple storage areas.
Source: Modulars USA
This floor plan is ideal for serving multiple age groups and includes 6 classrooms. It also contains a spacious lobby and reception area that’s suitable for receiving multiple families at once.
Source: Manufactured Homes
This building plan features 5 classrooms and separate office space for staff and administrators.
How many square feet does each child need in a daycare floor plan?
To ensure you’re meeting state guidelines, check in with your licensing agency to find out how many square feet of classroom space you’re required to have per child. As a general rule of thumb, you should always plan for your center to be larger than the minimum requirement to make room for hallways, storage areas, and other needs your program may have.
Research shows that it’s best to have 45-55 square feet of activity space for each child, and most experts agree that at least 50 square feet per child is best. Consider allotting even more additional space for infant and toddler classrooms to ensure adequate space for cribs and other pieces of large equipment.
What free daycare floor plan creators can I use?
There are a handful of free online tools you can use to help you create a floor plan for your childcare center:
- Community Playthings provides three-dimensional views of sample classrooms to help you better visualize your space.
- Lakeshore Learning sells specialized products and furniture for early education centers and offers free design, delivery, and installation with orders of $10,000 or more.
- Kaplan Early Learning Company offers a free interactive tool that allows you to build a classroom from scratch or start with a sample classroom.
Please note that these tools might work best for in-home or smaller daycare programs. If you need to create building plans for larger facilities, you should consider hiring a draftsman or an architect.
Additional resources for starting your own daycare business
To learn more about how to effectively start a childcare or daycare business, check out these additional resources:
At brightwheel, we are immensely grateful for everyone making an impact in early education. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. Thank you for all that you do!
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