There are more families with both parents working full-time jobs, and there are a growing number of single parents in the work force who are unable to be with their kids throughout the day. So it makes sense that the demand for child care has increased. People who enjoy working with children can benefit financially by starting a daycare business. In the following article there are tips to start a child care business at home.
Two-thirds of all children under age six are regularly cared by someone who is not their parent. The day care business will allow you to spend more time with your own family and provide an answer for other working mothers, but will also net you some income. It is not an easy job. Before starting a home daycare business there is need to take care of certain considerations. You should have a natural love for children and an instinct for child care and child development. Be sure you would be able to enjoy being around kids of all ages, all day. You would have to deal with several problems and demands and should possess the energy, patience and creativity required with children. Taking care of children of others is not the same as managing your own.
Another consideration is space that would be necessary for the home daycare. All your family members must be fine with the idea of sharing their personal space and your attention. To facilitate the home daycare and to ensure the safety of the kids some modifications and changes in the home are also required. If all these aspects are considered then you can proceed to obtain a home daycare license, which is compulsory to start a home daycare.
The steps to start the Daycare Business at Home:
Learn your trade:
Research child day cares in your area – what activities they offer? What features do parents want from a day care and what are their concerns? Interview successful day care business owners or invest in a basic day care business start-up guide that shows you how to plan daily activities, set policies and procedures and determine prices to charge clients. Understanding the “business” side of day care before you start will make your business much easier to run.
Check local codes:
Depending on where you live, the necessities to start an in home daycare business will be different. Know the local rules pertaining to child care including the amount of area, inside and out. There are also teacher-to-child ratios, health codes and cleanliness rules in most areas. Find out how many children can be babysat in the home. Inquire about licensing requirements. Make sure to gather all safety, medical, and other paperwork you will need to give to parents who are enrolling their children.
Home Daycare Licensing:
Home daycare licensing is the most important part of starting a home daycare. Each state has different rules and regulations pertaining to the licensing procedures. You will need to get in touch with the ‘National Child Care Information Center’ in your state. They will guide you in obtaining a home daycare license and will also enlighten you regarding the guidelines to be followed. Getting licensed is advantageous for the marketing the home daycare. Parents are eager to leave their children with people who are certified in child care and first aid. The licensing procedure also involves training in child development, activities appropriate for the development of different age groups, nutrition, child health and safety, communication with parents, risk reduction, business management, discipline and guidance, etc.
Preparing the Home for Business:
After licensing part planning the setup of your home daycare is the next step. Planning is important for the systematic and smooth functioning of your home daycare. This planning would include defining the number of kids that you want to enroll and their age groups, creating a business plan, registration and naming of the daycare, getting the daycare insured, preparing an organized strategy for all money related matters, etc. Choose an area of your home to decorate and furnish as the day care. Consider all the legal requirements, safety issues, what you have on hand, and the space available.
Setup Office Area:
You will need an area to keep track of all the necessary paperwork that needed to have on hand for all the children, to track business expenses and income. Getting this started up before opening business will make it easier to keep you organized.
Home Daycare Requirements:
list of the various things that require in home daycare business are furniture, baby diapers, baby products, food, play structures, toys, games, supplies for drawing and craft activities, etc.
Determine the Services You Offer and Pricing:
Decide the daily care hours, realizing that the days will be long. Usually day cares stay open from early morning until after the normal close of business to allow working parents to drop off their kids before work and pick them up after. Compose child data form. Give a blank data form to parent. Require the form be completed prior to providing care. Provide space on the form for the parent to provide other information not requested. You need to know as much as possible about the children.
Now that you’re legally ready and your home is ready to start enrolling children, start advertising. Place classified ads in local newspaper to advertise your day care business. Use a computer and printer to create posters, flyers and business cards. Display posters on library and store bulletin boards. Ask friends and family to post posters on employee bulletin boards. Ask school principles to distribute flyers to children. Sometimes, principles are happy to assist with such matters when businesses are providing a service that benefits children.
Deal with parents:
Sometimes parents forget to pay the fees. Some will refuse to hear that their child is causing problems, while other parents may be chronically late to pick up their children. Expect these situations and develop a plan for dealing with them such as penalty fees.
Build business slowly:
Understand your own limitations. Do not effort to care for a large group of children straight away. Accept clients steadily. This allows to learn while growing the business.
By following these steps you can start the daycare business at home.
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