Kids on a Learning Adventure!

MSDE # 254300

*We are currently only accepting children of essential personnel. Please call us for more details.

We are a Large Family Home Daycare licensed for 12 children. We are an accredited program with Maryland Excels and our program offers nurturing care, healthy home-cooked meals and qualified teachers! We seek to provide the best early childhood experience you can find.

About Us

About Us
KOALA Care is a Large Family Childcare home licensed for 12! We are conveniently located just steps from Mill Creek Elementary School, Shady Grove Metro, I-270 and ICC 200. We accept children ages 6 months - 5 years as well as elementary aged children for After School care.

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 small family child care with 8 children, and a center with more than 12. Montgomery County has 812 small family child care homes, 456 child care centers and 39 Large family child care homes, making us one of the few in the area.

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

What We Offer!

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Infants & Toddlers

0-24 months

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(2-5 years)

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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


After Care Lead


  • 17505 Park Mill Drive, Derwood, MD, USA


We currently have 2 full-time spots for children 2 years and older and 3 part-time spots. Our space for children 24 months and younger is currently not available, however parents can always tour and place themselves on a 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. 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)