Tips & Ideas For Naming A Daycare

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There are more than 687,000 daycares in the United States alone. So, it’s no surprise settling on a unique name when starting a new daycare business feels impossible. 

Picking the right name gives potential customers an idea about your business’s services, creates a good first impression, and helps you stand out from the competition.

Are all the good daycare names already taken? How do you come up with something fresh? And what about business name best practices? 

Related: How to start a daycare

If you’re not sure how to answer those questions, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn my top tips for choosing a catchy daycare name and how to make sure your favorite choices are available to use. 

Let’s dive in!

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Daycare Name

If you’re struggling to choose a company name for your daycare, one of the best things to do is just to start brainstorming. As you go through the tips outlined below, make a list of words, phrases, and terms associated with your small business. 

From there, you can narrow down the list and cross off ideas you don’t like. 

Once you have several top considerations, we’ll walk through how to make sure you’re allowed to use them. This last step helps you narrow down your list even more so you can make a final decision. 

1. Consider the Services You Plan to Offer

There are several types of services a daycare can offer, so it’s essential to consider the services you plan to offer. Maybe you want to focus on child and infant care, preschool programs, or after-school programs. 

Perhaps you’re considering offering other specialty services. 

Add the different types of services you want to offer to your brainstorming list. 

Remember to avoid anything limiting your business’s future growth if you decide to go in another direction down the road. 

2. Location-Specific Terms

Most daycares are specific to a geographic service area. So, if that’s true for your business, consider adding a location-specific term to your business name. 

You can consider things like:

  • City nicknames
  • Neighborhoods
  • Regions or states
  • And descriptive terms

However, consider what happens if you expand outside your intended service area. Does the name become limiting? If so, it’s best to avoid it if you plan to expand or change directions later. 

3. Try Toy or Animal Names

Toys and animals are always popular with children and can make great names for your daycare. 

4. Avoid Business Names That Are Hard to Pronounce, Hear, or Spell

Despite the technological advances of voice search, assistants like Siri and Alexa struggle to understand slang and other confusing words. 

This could limit how often your business shows up in voice (and text-based) search if your name is hard to spell, pronounce, or hear. Because of that, it’s important to avoid complicated words, industry jargon, and using numbers in place of letters.  While having a unique and creative daycare name is good, being too creative may not be so good. 

Keep your business name as simple and easy to remember as possible so potential customers can easily find you. 

5. Consider Alliterations and Rhyming Words

Alliterations and rhymes are catchy and easy to remember. Because of that, they make for a cute name. 

That said, it’s not always easy to come up with them. Start with choosing a few of your favorite words from your master brainstorm list. 

Then, you can Google “words that start with T” to come up with a name like Toddler Time or S for Sweet Smiles or whatever letter you’re using to create an alliteration. Alternatively, you can search “words that rhyme with _____.” 

It can be time-consuming, but it’s an excellent place to start. 

And don’t forget to add any exciting finds to your brainstorm list while you’re at it. Try not to overthink the names you come up with during this stage.  Just write them all down as some of the more interesting ones may spark better ideas later.

6. Steer Clear of Initials or Obscure Acronyms

Initials and unusual acronyms are hard to remember, so they typically don’t make great business names. They can also be challenging to pronounce and confusing for voice search as well. 

Furthermore, there are 325 different two-letter combination possibilities in the English language. And the odds of your customers remembering the specific letters you chose are pretty small. 

7. Imagery Words

Another consideration when brainstorming name ideas is whether there are industry-related words that could also lend themselves to be used in a logo. For instance, a daycare could use playing children or a heart and focus the name around the image

Related: How to create a logo for your business

8. Still Struggling? Try the Owner’s Name

If you’ve made it this far and are still struggling to find the best name, you can always consider using the business owner’s name. Doing so works well if the owner also plans to be the face behind the business. 

Something to keep in mind is that using the owner’s name as the business name can make it more challenging to sell the business in the future. 

9. See What Names Other Daycares are Using

Here is a list of existing daycare names that may help give you some daycare name ideas.  While many of these names may be available for you to use, be sure to check first to be sure it can be used.

Tips on how to check business name availability are after the list of names!

  • 24/7 Child Care
  • A B C Academy
  • A B C Daycare
  • A Mother Of Three Childcare
  • A Mother’s Love 
  • A Place To Grow
  • ABC Kids Academy 
  • ABC Learning Center
  • Academy 4 Kids
  • Advanced Early Learning 
  • Adventure Kinderland
  • Afterschool Village 
  • All 4 Kids
  • All About Children
  • All Stars Afterschool
  • Alley-Oop Kids
  • Alma Family Daycare 
  • Aloha Playhouse
  • Amazing Toddlers 
  • American Kiddo Academy 
  • Angels Day Care
  • Apple Tree Daycare 
  • Aspire Kids
  • Atlas Child Care
  • Auntie Kim’s Day Care
  • Baby Angel Care
  • Babybean Kinderhaus 
  • Bambi Day Care
  • Bay Area Kidcare
  • Big house 
  • Blooming Buddies Childcare
  • Brainiac Kids Academy 
  • Bright Light Family Child Care
  • Bright Minds
  • Bright Moments Family Center
  • Bright Star Child Care Center
  • Bright Start Family Day Care
  • Brown’s Teddy Bear Child Care
  • Buttaflly’s Playcare 
  • Buzy Kidz Daycare
  • By His Grace Daycare Learning
  • California Family Child Care
  • Care A Lot Daycare 
  • Child Development Center
  • Child Play Daycare
  • Children’s Bundles Of Care
  • Children’s World 
  • Cozy Nest Daycare
  • Cre8tive Kids Campus
  • Creative Child Care 
  • Creative Minds Child Care
  • Cutie Pie’s Childcare
  • Desert Dreams Daycare
  • Developing Leaders Child Care
  • Dino Land Christian Daycare
  • Divinity Childcare
  • Donna’s Little Angels
  • Dream Kids
  • Dreamland Daycare
  • Earth Day Nursery
  • Elephant Family Daycare 
  • Ellas Little Bees Daycare
  • Enrich Play Learn 
  • Fairy Tale House
  • Farmhouse Kidz
  • Feeling Good Day Care
  • Fifteenth Street Child Care
  • Flower Patches Daycare
  • Footsteps Child Care 
  • Fountain Kids Academy 
  • Fun House
  • Future Scholars
  • Galaxy Kids Academy
  • Genius Kids Club Livermore
  • Gentle Heart Daycare Center
  • Giggles In-Da Gardenz Daycare
  • Giving Tree Daycare
  • Gold Star Kids
  • Golden Heart Child Care Service
  • Grace Infant Care Center
  • Gramma Sue’s Adventure Daycare
  • Grow With Us Childcare
  • Growing Hearts Home Daycare
  • Gummi Bear Daycare
  • Hands On Early Learning Center
  • Happy Children Home Daycare
  • Happy Day Care
  • Happy Faces Child Center
  • Happy Hearts Family Daycare
  • Happy Kids Family Childcare
  • Happy Kidz Childcare
  • Happy Little Munchkins
  • Happy Time Learning Academy
  • Happy Trails Childcare 
  • Harmonee Childcare Center
  • Hearts Of The Desert
  • Here For Kids
  • Home Grown Childcare
  • Home Sweet Home Child Care
  • Hunny Bees Family Child Care
  • Imagination Play School
  • In Loving Hands Family Daycare
  • Jamie’s Tiny Tots
  • Jasmine’s Family Child Care
  • Josie’s Day Care
  • Joyful Beginnings Family Daycare
  • Jr Explorers
  • Jump Start Hero
  • Jungle Of Fun Daycare
  • Just Kids Daycare 
  • Just Play Adventure Park
  • Kerri’s Corner
  • Kid In Me Childcare 
  • Kid Zone
  • Kidopia Daycare 
  • Kids  Learning Center
  • Kids & Co
  • Kids & Krayons
  • Kids Are 1st
  • Kids Campus
  • Kids Country
  • Kids Discovery Station
  • Kids First East
  • Kid’s Kingdom 
  • Kid’s Korner Childcare 
  • Kids Land Child Care Center 
  • Kids Town Academy
  • Kidspot
  • Kidstart Nation
  • Kidtowne 
  • Kidz Childcare & Preschool
  • Kidz Zone
  • Kinder Buddies Daycare
  • Kingdom Kids
  • King’s Corner Childcare 
  • Knowledge Is Power Family Day
  • Kreative Kids 
  • Laceys Lil’ Learners Child Center
  • Lacy’s Baby Boop Child Care
  • Ladders 4 Learning Child Care
  • Ladybuggies Child Care 
  • Lallipop Day Care 
  • Las Vegas Rainbow Center 
  • Laugh & Learn Childcare
  • Lavonda’s Crayon Box Childcare
  • Learn & Grow Academy
  • Learn Laugh-Play Family Day Care
  • Learning Steps Home Daycare
  • Lemon Tree Family Daycare
  • Life Tree Learning 
  • Lil Einsteins Academy
  • Lil Fishers Learning Center
  • Lil Sprouts Daycare & Learning
  • Lisa’s Little Garden
  • Little Acorns Academy
  • Little Angels Daycare 
  • Little Bee Daycare 
  • Little Blessings Daycare
  • Little Blue House Home Child Care
  • Little Bright Stars
  • Little Clubhouse Long Beach
  • Little Ducklings
  • Little Elephants Kids Place
  • Little Feet Day Care
  • Little Flower Day Care
  • Little Foot Daycare
  • Little Hands
  • Little Heart & Soul Daycare
  • Little Kids On The Block
  • Little Kings & Queens Daycare
  • Little Lamb’s Day Care
  • Little Learners Developmental
  • Little Love Family Child Care
  • Little Munchkins Daycare
  • Little Panda Daycare 
  • Little Pioneers Day Care Center
  • Little Rascals
  • Little Sprouts 
  • Little Stars Child Care
  • Little Treasures Child Care
  • Living Spring Day Care
  • Lizzie’s Learning World 
  • Love & Care Family Daycare
  • Love & Patience Child Care Center
  • Love Childcare
  • Loving Kids Academy
  • Luving My Kids Learning Center
  • Miracle Kids Success Academy
  • Nana Ruth’s Daycare
  • New Beginnings Child Care Center
  • New Journeys Daycare
  • Noah’s Rainbow
  • Patty Pat’s Daycare
  • Rock After School Program
  • Small People Preschool 
  • Sugar Plum Child Development
  • Tender Hearts Learning Center
  • Tere’s Tots Childcare
  • Whizkidz Preschool
  • Word Of Faith Day Care
  • You Are My Sunshine Daycare

Checking the Availability of Your Top Considerations

At this point, you should have several top considerations to choose from. And the best way to narrow it down further is to check each one for availability. 

This step is vital because using a name that someone else is using could be very costly, time-consuming to rebrand your business, and possibly embarrassing. There are several places to look to check whether a name is available to use, so let’s walk through each one. 

Trademark Search

Trademarks are the most critical, so we’ll start here. 

If a name or phrase is trademarked, you’re not allowed to use it in a similar capacity. So, run a trademark search for each business name you’re considering and cross off those that aren’t available. 

Learn more about how to do a trademark search before choosing a business name

Local Search

Just because there isn’t a federal trademark on a name doesn’t mean the name you want is available.  That’s because there is a trademark known as a common law trademark. A common law trademark isn’t filed anywhere but provides someone who uses that name in commerce some limited rights in their geographical area to use the name.  It can be hard to define how far geographically these rights extend as each industry is different. Still, at a basic level, someone can’t open a business and name it the same or similar name as a competing business in town. If you think the name could potentially create confusion with customers, it is usually best to just find another one to use to avoid potential legal issues down the road. 

To do a local search, open up the phone book (if you still have one), and do a Google search to see if there are any local competitors with a similar business name to the one you want to use. 

Cross off any similar names from your list and take the rest and let’s keep checking.  

State Entity Search (If Applicable)

If you plan to register your daycare as a corporation or LLC, you must register with a unique business name. Each state requires every corporation or LLC to register a unique name for their entity.  This doesn’t necessarily protect your name from anyone else using it, but nobody can register a corporation or LLC under the same name in your state.

Related: Is your business name available?

If you find the name is in use, cross it off your list and move on.

Domain Name Availability

Website addresses aren’t as critical as the first three searches, but it’s still worth doing. Typically, you want your domain name to be “yourbusinessname.com” without any numbers, dashes, etc.

It’s easiest for customers to remember, but these are hard to come by.

However, you can explore other configurations and extensions if your preferred domain name isn’t available. Just remember your customers may have a more difficult time finding you online.

You can start with NameCheap’s domain search tool. Type in the domain name you want to use to see if it’s available. The tool also returns other possibilities you may want to consider.

Social Media Profiles

Next, especially if you are stuck between a couple of names, check and see if anyone is already using your potential daycare names on social media. Consider which platforms you plan to use and start with those. 

Keep in mind you may have to shorten your company name for some platforms. Twitter only allows 15 characters, for example. 

Start with your preferred platforms and do a quick search for your name. If nothing pops up, that likely means no one is using it, and you’re good to go. 

Example: Someone is using startingyourbusiness on Instagram, so I would have to choose a different handle, making it more difficult for customers to find me.

Hopefully, you now have some great name ideas for your daycare. Once you have this list narrowed down to just a few and researched that they are all available, start asking friends, family, and potential customers their thoughts to get feedback and then pick your perfect daycare name!