Tips on Opening Day Care Centers

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Open a small day care center first to get a feel for the day-to-day activities and responsibilities before taking on the task of opening a full-scale facility. Ease into running your own day care facility with advice from a day care owner and operator in this free video on child care facilities.

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Hi, my name's Veronica Barajas, with mywigglesandgiggles.com, and I'd like to share with you some tips on opening daycare centers. So, in the process of opening a daycare center I've found that a lot of the times doing as much research as possible is one of the best things to do. I personally, you know, in the process of opening my daycare center I set some goals, and for me I kind of wanted to know a little bit more day in day out functions of a daycare center, so I went on a smaller scale and I opened a home daycare first. And you know I had eight years of childcare experience. I felt that I knew what I was doing, I understood children, you know, I did nanny work. I did, you know, I worked on my CDA, and then I bumped it up to, you know, just getting my bachelor's. So, I knew that I knew all about childcare and what I had to offer, but I didn't know the business aspect, and those are just some of the things that unless you have experience you just can't prepare for, so I opened up a home daycare first. Now, this is just my recommendation. Even if it's just for a year, or maybe you can become an assistant at a at a home daycare. On a smaller scale it's much easier for you to realize, you know, your day to day procedures, finances, expectations, family relationships, you know, building relationships with your kids, cause' these are ongoing long-term relationships and if successful they'll be there for a long time. So, setting some goals, you know, just set your goals. When do you want to open up? You want to open up in six months. You want to open up in a year. Check with your family, your Department of Family Protective Services. You're going to be required to open, I mean you're going to be required to attend a orientation, and I would recommend to do that the first chance you get. I mean, even if it's, you know, a year or two years later just go there and find out what it's going to take for you to open up a center, you know. Ask as many questions as you can. There's no such thing as a silly question, or you know, a dumb question. Even if you think you know the answer ask anyways, because having as much knowledge and information before you go into this. Maybe go and visit other daycare owners, you know. A lot of the times in this kind of industry people are very open to helping out others. I mean, you can never go wrong with too many quality daycares. That would be silly. So, you know, talk to other daycare providers. Talk to people who have been in the business for a long time. Ask lots of questions. You'd be surprised how many people are out there who are willing to give a a helping hand, or to donate, or to, you know, give their opinion on on their expertise, or whatnot. So, just do a lot of research, take your time, be patient. Talk to those who already know what they're doing and set yourself some goals, and just work from there. And know that these are your goals and you can, you know, determine when or or when you want to open, and and the ball's in your court. So, you know, good luck with that, but definitely just do your research and and make sure that this is something that you really, really want to do.

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