I am a licensed home daycare provider and would not have it any other way. Licensing is there to make sure the children in the daycare are safe. Why as a home daycare provider would you not go that extra step to provide the safest environment for the children in your care? When you are licensed you need to stay up-to-date on CPR/First Aid, the children need to be up-to-date on their immunizations, balance meals need to be served, 15 hrs of continuing education each year,tornado/fire drills need to be done monthly, you can only watch a certian number of children, fingerprinting and background checks on all adults that live in the home, gun regulations, smoking regulations, all animals need to be up-to-date on their shots, this is just a few of the things. All this is to keep your children safe. As for the activities licensing does not change what I do with the children. We still do our daily activites and go on field trips, but because I am licensed you sign a form saying I have your permission to go on field trips. Once a year you know someone is coming in to my home to make sure it is safe. Maybe the licensing rep. will see something I missed or a safer way to have something. Licensing is also free so money is not an issue. It is like anything else though you still need to do your research and find someone that fits your needs. I want to provide the children in my care a safe and loving environment and being licensed helps me provide this.