How to Start a Corporate Daycare


Corporate daycare centers make jobs with those companies more popular among working parents, especially single parents. Launching an on-site daycare center can reap benefits for a corporation.

Find the right corporation to house your daycare center. Look for large concentrations of employees in one location and a dearth of daycare centers in the area. Call each firm’s human resources manager to explain your desire to find the right business for your services. Schedule appointments with pertinent personnel to explain how your daycare center can help them thrive.

Construct and practice your sales pitch. Ask friends and relatives to grill you about doubts, concerns and objections to build a library of talking points. Contact insurance brokers, daycare facility designers and consultants to get facts and figures about time, effort and money required to open a corporate daycare center. Draft a sample budget and action plan based on your research.

Arrive at meetings with HR personnel ready to do battle. Use handouts and/or a PowerPoint presentation to convince management of the benefits of on-premises daycare. Cite low employee absentee rates, tax advantages, depreciation perks and productivity increases. Use logical, practical and emotional reasoning to make your case.

Negotiate with corporate personnel to determine how much money they are willing to spend on the physical build-out of the space they're allocating for the center based on estimates you gathered for equipment and furnishings. Suggest a monthly budget for the daycare center that will cover materials, supplies and salaries.

Hire a lawyer to draft a contract between you and the corporation. After signing the contract, obtaining licenses, permits and other documents. Put the interior design portion of the daycare center out for bid and hire the firm with the best combination of pricing, innovation and recommendations. Purchase an insurance package to cover the center and its operations. Work with HR to inform corporate employees about the daycare’s opening.

Advertise for daycare personnel. Interview men and women for the openings, check references and conduct background checks on the best candidates. Draft policies and regulations covering hours, fees, parent visits, sick kids, age limits and other common daycare scenarios. Allow the corporation to peruse these policies so everyone is on the same page.

Put into place a solid emergency plan to cover a range of catastrophic events, from missing children to terrorism-related scenarios so the kids are as safe during emergencies as they are during a typical day. Contact the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for more information on emergency readiness.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's not a good idea to use an attorney employed by the firm with which you'll be working to negotiate your contract with the corporation. Hire someone who will look out for your interests and business welfare.

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