About Us

About Us
Welcome to KOALA Care!

We are a family home daycare that provides early childhood education services in an intimate home setting. KOALA care provides a curriculum for all enrolled children and our qualified teachers provide enriching activities to help your child on the road to kindergarten readiness. We are proudly accredited with Maryland Excels and our entire program is designed to keep your child engaged and happy as they learn and play!

KOALA Care operates as a licensed childcare business in the state of Maryland. This means we have certificates for lead inspections, fire inspections and are inspected by the Office of Child Care. We also have a certificate for a Use and Occupancy permit that increases the safety of the building for the children. We believe our program offers a superb balance between a nanny and a center with hundreds of children. We believe that socialization is important, so we happily offer extra curricular activities and curriculum similar to large centers. We do make sure that your child feels nurtured and has access to individualized care and lessons during the first years of education.

Give us a call today! We’d love to schedule a tour, discuss availability/rates and give you more info about our unique program!

Our Program

Program Highlights

Your tuition includes many perks that you may not find at your average home daycare!

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Extra Curricular Classes

We are pleased to offer extra-curricular classes throughout the year at no additional cost to parents! Throughout the year, we rotate between yoga, cooking, soccer and music class! Believe that your child will benefit greatly from our well-rounded program.

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Picture Day

We offer annual picture day with a professional photographer!

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Infants & Toddlers

0-24 months

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2-5 years

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After Care


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 I’ve had the pleasure of working with Irene for years in child care. You won’t be disappointed leaving your little ones with her. The amount of love & fun memories will last a lifetime! Irene is beyond creative and hands down the BEST child care provider, you will love it here."

Kristina M.Damascus, MD

 Irene has been with our family for roughly three years. She started as our eldest’s teacher, and we quickly picked her up as our family babysitter! She is so caring, kind, and engaging with our two children. We trust her implicitly, and could not be more excited for her to start her new journey! Any parent is truly lucky to have her!"

Liz C.Derwood, MD

 Being scared to put my daughter in childcare Irene was the first caregiver she had at one years old my daughter is now five and she’s the best ever"

Gwendolyn W

 Irene and the staff have taken incredible care of my daughter. I don’t know what we would do without koala care! The app makes it so easy to follow along with my daughter’s day and the activities planned to engage the kids is truly incredible. I cant say enough good things about koala care!"

Elissa Lopez Inthisane

 We absolutely love Koala Care Daycare. Our son is excited every time when he sees his teachers and little friends. And what’s important to us, he is safe there. We really couldn’t be happier with childcare provided by Irene and her team 💕"

Magdalena M.

Meet the Staff

Irene Nankhuni

Owner/ Director of Operations


Preschool Lead Teacher


  • 17505 Park Mill Drive, Derwood, MD, USA

Enrollment Forms

We currently have a waiting list for enrollment,  however parents are always welcome to tour and place themselves on the waiting list!

We make it easy to enroll! Once you decide KOALA Care is the right choice for your child, follow these easy steps to embark on our learning adventure!

1. Sign our Enrollment Agreement. We will only accept your agreement if we can guarantee a space for your child.

2. Remit a non-refundable registration fee of $125.00 We will never accept your registration fee only to place your child on a waiting list.       

3. Complete the requisite forms (see below) and bring them to us on your child's first day at KOALA Care!

Health Inventory

Emergency Form

All About My Child (Children under 2)

Medical Administration (If planning on sending medication with child)