How to start a successful daycare? Starting a daycare is a simple process for most, but you need to make sure it will succeed. This article will show you some helpful steps on starting a successful daycare.
Things You'll Need
- Children to care for
- Child development knowledge and experience
- Money for supplies and certification.
- Patience and dedication.
Take child development classes and gain experience. Taking a couple of child development classes will prepare you for your home daycare business. Babysit a couple of children before starting your daycare. You need to know if caring for children is going to be something you like to do. You need to have knowledge of child development before you start your daycare.
Get your state certification for a home daycare. To become a legal owner of a daycare, you need to be state certified. Visit your local DHS or Adult and Family services building to find out who to meet and speak with about getting certified. The state child care inspector will tell you what the guidelines and rules are to running a in-home daycare.
Make a business plan for your daycare. You need to write out your steps of becoming a daycare owner. Make a parent handbook that has information on your daycare business. Such information should be included: Hours of operation, rules and guidelines, rates and fees, schedule and any other important information. Before excepting any daycare children, you need to orientate and hand out your parent handbook to your daycare clients. Make sure your daycare parents are aware of all of your rules and guidelines.
Furnish and organize your home for your daycare business. Make sure you have all of the furniture and daycare supplies needed. You need to have plenty of art crafts and activities that are suitable for the age group you will be caring for. Do research on which activities suit which age group. Have plenty of furnishings such as children's nap cots. Your daycare children will need somewhere to rest at nap time.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure you get good paying clients. Keep track of your billing progress and make sure no parents get off track. Non-paying parents are the number #1 reason why home daycares do not succeed.
- Read the below resource link for recommended learning centers in your daycare.
- Getting certified as a pre-school teacher is another recommended article to read.
- First Aid and Child CPR is recommended and mandatory for certification.
- Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are also mandatory equipment for your daycare.
- Review the state guidelines in your area for additional equipment needed for your business.
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