How To Start A Home Daycare


You are wondering how to start a home daycare and don't know where to begin.  The list of things to do will seem overwhelming and unending.  You have your research, your business plan, designing an area, acquiring staff, obtaining clients and countless other tasks.  However, it is equally important you lay the groundwork now for the effective management of your day care business once you are up and running.  This article provides some tips on how to do just that.

It goes without saying that you have designed your area with the children in mind.  You designated an area where the children would be watched over, where games and activities could take place, where the children could eat, and where the children could rest if they so desired. Did you stop you think about incorporating a specific area where you could work with no distractions. In order to manage your home based day care business, it is important to have a small work area designated specifically for where you can conduct the operations behind the business. This is where you deal with taxes, staff paperwork, regulatory issues, advertising etc. This is your control center.Try to focus on keeping all things business separate from all things personal.

If you start mixing up appointments, calendars, tasks, and so on, your business is likely to

suffer. You should make sure that the daycare business is a completely different persona from your personal life. This holds true when it comes to emails, telephone lines, and even business supplies. In order to effectively manage your home based day care business, be sure that business is kept separate in all aspects.

Time management is vital, particularly in a home daycare.  If you are not fastidious about organising your time you will become disorganised, inefficient and frazzled with little pieces of you spread

all over.  Timetable your day with core slots of time devoted to the day care and within those slots schedule specific activities.  Assign quieter parts of the day to complete domestic chores enlisting family members to help out.  Don't forget to factor in breaks and relaxation time for you too.  Child care is a tiring business and you need to keep fresh and energised.

A disadvantage of working for yourself especially if you are a home daycare is the tendency of friends and family to assume you are always free for visits. They feel that, since you work at home, you have time for their phone calls and visits. This can be detrimental to your time management system thus your business. visits. It is important that you inform these well intentioned people that this is a job. They must understand that you have certain hours each day that are dedicated to work and your family and this time should not be interrupted. Explain that you are a professional and as such need to focus completely on the task at hand during these hours. Then switch on your answering machine!

Approach planning your day with your business head on. You need to know how to start a home daycare and effectively manage your day care and family life in tandem, it just takes a bit of thought and a lot of discipline.  Policies and procedures take a little bit of work to put in place but once there they make for the smooth running of any business.  Ultimately, your success depends on it.  Get planning.

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August 6, 2009

Lola @ 6:34 pm #

I have learnt so much with this article.
I never knew running a day care center could be so challenging.however this has opened my eyes in steps that have to be taken before commencing.

October 12, 2009

titi @ 12:47 pm #

Its so wonderful to be able to find ready help available. Ihave just started a day care and so greaful for the article.I now know the extra tips i need to add.Most of all how best to prepare myself. Thanks alot

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