Home Daycares in Wellesley

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Infant (<15 mths)

Small-scale child care in Wellesley

When smaller is better, home daycare is the best. Find great options for infants & toddlers near you.


Ms. Jill

Arts & Music

Children learn by doing! In the right environment, a child’s natural curiosity combined with active learning can really kickstart a lifelong love of learning. I believe (and studies back this up) that children between 0-3 are making important connections that cannot be replaced later in life, and I am passionate about nurturing those connections and offering children a place to learn, grow, and be independent. Our approach focuses on art and literacy and combines the Montessori and High Scope methods, and I’ve seen firsthand how very successful this combination is! My degrees in education and art and passion for early childhood literacy brought me to teaching, and thirty years later it still brings me so much satisfaction and joy to see how our little learners blossom and thrive in the special environment we have created at Small Bears.


Ms. Australia

Play-Based Learning

I am the mother of three (my youngest is fourteen!), and I have seven years of professional experience in child care—most recently working as an assistant at a home daycare in Brookline. Rosie’s Family Child Care is a culmination of everything I have learned over the years, while also remaining flexible to meet the needs of the unique children in our program. To me, child care is so much more than a job—it’s a passion. Of course, the days are filled with hard work, but it is such a joy to be with the children and learn from them. I never lose sight of how lucky I am to be able to help children grow into healthy and happy adults.


Ms. Shirley

Play-Based Learning

I started working with children as a teacher in an elementary school 25 years ago, and I have been caring for children ever since. Opening my own child care program in my home gave me the opportunity to create the nurturing, encouraging environment that I think is so important. I especially love to read books to them, but the truth is that so many parts of the day and the week bring me a lot of joy. Through it all, I focus on learning through play. One of the best parts of working with children is watching them learn and grow. The work is incredibly rewarding, especially when I think about all the children I've helped grow and learn. It's such a gift to guide the children in my program as they grow.


Ms. Julie

Reggio Emilia Approach

I have been teaching for 13 years. I love the outdoors and live on 10 acres of land with a Christmas tree farm. My philosophy is that all children are competent and capable and should have the opportunity everyday to learn and play in an aesthetically pleasing environment. I teach a play based program that is Reggio inspired.

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There are 11 licensed home daycares in Wellesley. Most parents don’t know that home daycare is regulated by the Department of Early Education and Care, just like the big preschool centers.

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Other daycares near Wellesley

All of these nearby daycares are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. While they don’t work with NeighborSchools, you can visit the government website here to try to contact them directly.

Ellen Prives

38 Willow St, Wellesley, MA

License # 9034054

Licensed for 6 since 1994

Ellen Prives runs a licensed Family Child Care program in Wellesley. As with all home daycares in Massachusetts, her program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, which ensures that she has completed trainings in childhood development, health & safety. Home daycares like this are a great option for parents looking for small-scale, personalized child care.
Barbara Hansberry

81 River St, Wellesley, MA

License # 9042996

Licensed for 6 since 2000

This home daycare in Wellesley is led by Barbara Hansberry, a licensed Family Child Care educator. By choosing licensed child care, you can rest assured that the provider has passed a government-issued background record check, and that the home daycare environment has been inspected by the state licensing department. With a maximum of just 6 children, this program is a good option for parents close to home near Wellesley.
Hillary Pini

8 Woodbine Road, Wellesley, MA

License # 9030476

Licensed for 10 since 1996

Home daycares like Hillary Pini’s are a favorite with parents who want a small-scale child care program near Wellesley. All daycares on NeighborSchools are fully licensed, so you know they’ve passed a background record check and educators have completed trainings in childhood development, health & safety. This daycare takes just 10 children, so each child gets lots of individualized care while learning to socialize in a small group setting.
Louise Balanda

414 Wellesley Ave, Wellesley, MA

License # 9027164

Licensed for 6 since 1998

Family child care provider Ms. Louise runs this daycare out of her home in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She is licensed by the state to care for up to 6 children, which means she has completed required trainings and continuing education hours. Family child care programs can be a great fit for parents that want their child to get lots of individualized care and attention.
Tammy Jean Cimino

19 Edgemoor Ave, Wellesley, MA

License # 9026185

Licensed for 10 since 1996

A small, local home daycare in nearby Wellesley, Massachusetts led by Ms. Tammy. Many parents choose home daycares because the small group sizes can be great for infant and toddler development, and they are often more affordable than preschool centers. This child care program takes just 10 kids.
Souad Awdeh

40 Poplar Road, Wellesley, MA

License # 9031200

Licensed for 10 since 1997

Parents looking for a small-scale child care often prefer home daycares, like this one with Ms. Souad in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Better ratios, more flexible schedules, and lots of love for the little ones are the keys. Most daycares take a mix of ages, which helps with childhood development as infants learn from toddlers, and the preschoolers act as role models for the babies. And this daycare takes a maximum of 10 kids total!
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Even more home daycares in Wellesley

You’d be surprised just how many small-scale child care programs there are in Wellesley. to find options that work for you.

Yishan Wang

4 Roberts Road, Wellesley, MA

License # 9041289

Licensed for 6 since 2019

Vivalda Decarvalho

842 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA

License # 9027162

Licensed for 6 since 2010

Alba Villar Nunez

67 Barton Road, Wellesley, MA

License # 9029479

Licensed for 6 since 2011

Megan Ahonen

31 Fuller Brook Rd, Wellesley, MA

License # 9041376

Licensed for 10 since 2013

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What is NeighborSchools?

Hey there, nice to meet you 👋 We’re a new-ish startup that helps new-ish parents find daycare.

We know how hard finding good child care can be - especially for first-time parents. But really good care is what gives you the peace of mind to go back to work and feel confident that your child is getting the stimulation, socialization, and support they need to learn and grow.

So we created NeighborSchools to make this piece of parenthood a whole lot easier. We say “easier” because, let’s be honest, it’s still a big thing to figure out, but working together we can help you find some good options, understand the whole process, and choose a program you’ll feel really good about.

Most first-time parents don’t know exactly what they’re looking for, so we created a simple survey that will ask you questions about your lifestyle, your daily routines, and your preferences for child care. We’ll then share 3 personalized recommendations that we think might be a good fit. We’ll also give you a timeline that maps out when we would suggest you start touring programs, choose a daycare, and pay a deposit to secure a spot. Your timeline is based on when you want to start care - so you set the pace, and you decide when you’ve found the right match.

Nope. Our daycare recommendation service is free for parents. The other half of our business is helping these small-scale daycares with software and services that handle all their administrative tasks, like online contracting, payment processing, and licensing requirements. Before NeighborSchools, services like these were only designed for large corporate child care centers, and part of our mission is to level the playing field for small, independent child care programs. That’s why we picked the name NeighborSchools - we’re all about making child care more personal, more human, and more equitable for the incredible individuals who do this work and care for our children.

Generally, if you’re here, you’re ready. The survey lets us give you 3 recommendations to consider, but it’ll also help you better understand what factors to consider, and what questions to be asking right now. It’s simple things like where you live, your child’s date of birth, when you want to start care, and if you have any preferences around program philosophy or language of instruction. If you’re planning 6+ months ahead, it’s a great way to get started, and if you’re hoping to start daycare in the next 2-4 months, it’s definitely time to get started. Click here to start the survey.

Each program has a limited number of spots for each age range, so we need to know your schedule and child’s age before we can share availability. The survey covers these basics, as well as factors like drop-off and pick-up times to make sure that recommended programs fit your daily routine. Once we know your child’s age and schedule we can share rates and costs as well.

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