7 Things To Consider When Starting A Home Day Care
In both of my book Sexy Savvy and Successful: A Woman’s Guide On How To Start A Business, Gain Financial Freedom and Buy More Shoes! I talk about brain storming ideas for starting a business.
My book also discusses the fact that your business needs to solve a problem.
One problem women have is finding day care. I know when I had to look for day care for my daughter is was extremely stressful. There were numerous places I checked out. Fortunately I was able to have a friend of mine watch her for me.
This dilemma faces women everyday.
If you have your own children you know what I mean.
How can you solve a problem for another mom?
Maybe you love children and enjoy watching them grow.
Starting a day care in your home may be perfect for you.
It can provide an income for you while enabling you to say home with your own children.
Before embarking on this however you need to find out the legalities. Does you town require a license? Is there a restriction as to how many children you can have etc.
Once you’ve done your homework and you are set to go here are three things to consider:
1) What is the age group of the children you will watch? If you have children that are a certain age group you may decide that having some older children in the mix would be a good idea.
I’ve known many moms who had a hard time not only leaving their infants to go back to work but stressing over the quality of care they will receive in their absence.
With this thought in mind you may decide to care for an infant.
2) What hours will you run your day care? You need to be firm with this and let the parents know there are specific drop off and pick up times.
3) What types of supplies will you need? Are you going to be providing lunch for the children or will parents need to bring their own?
4) What type of activities will you provide? Children need to have their minds stimulated. Decide what you can do to help them gain new skills.
Children always love making things so consider getting some art supplies that are age appropriate.
5) Have a first aid kit handy. Scrapes and scratches may happen so make sure you are able to take care of these minor issues.
6) Ask the parents if there are any allergies or particular problems the child has. This is extremely important especially if you are the one providing lunch and or snacks
7) Create a parent/provider form and have it detailed.
The parents need to provide specific information when caring for their child.
This form should also state your price, when payment is due, your hours of operation and other pertinent information.
Always have things in writing and get the parents to sign this form as well.
Providing day care is a real business so treat it that way. Of course you want to build a relationship with the parents and child but remember you need to make a living and setting up your business properly from the start will lessen problems later on down the road.
Is providing day care right for you? Only you can answer that.
I mentioned this earlier but I will say this again, do your homework before embarking on this or any business.
Be Savvy and Successful!
Toni Nelson – Helping you find: The Secret Equation To Attracting More Clients, Business Coach/Trainer