When starting your childcare center, be sure not to cut corners with safety. Don't let the need to save money or buy other items take from proper safety equipment or practices. If a child is injured and you do not offer proper safety equipment or are not following safety regulations, you could be sued and lose your business.
You will also need to contact Child Protective Services and find out what your obligations are in case you see a child who may have been mistreated by their parents. You need to know what signs a childcare center is required to have posted and know what to do immediately, if you should see a parent mistreating a child in front of you.
When hiring your staff, be especially careful that you do not hire someone who has anger problems, or cannot handle stressful situations. Also be sure that they are not on any child abuse or molestation lists. Your local authorities can help you with this. I can't think of anything that could ruin your reputation and put you out of business faster.
Choosing Childcare for Dummies is a great book that explains what your clients will be looking for in a childcare center. Knowing what they are searching for will help you greatly in molding your business to please your clients.
Please do not be dismayed by the last few paragraphs. The vast majority of daycare workers are loving, caring people and would never do anything to harm a child. I only mention it to remind you to be careful.
Research the business thoroughly. Learn from others who have experience in the field, your parents, friends, the internet, books, and any other way you can find. This knowledge is valuable. Take advantage of it.
Some parents may consistently pick up their kids late, warn them the first time that if it continues you will have to charge them for your time and trouble. Some parents can be much worse than their children. Don't forget that your time is valuable.
If it happens again, charge them. Charging them may make you unpopular, but if you don't you can expect more of the same from them and other clients. Remember, you are running a business.
Advertise your business by putting ads in your local newspapers, the business yellow pages, the internet yellow pages, word of mouth, passing out business cards and by building a business website. Join the local Betters Business Bureau (BBB.org) and any other business organizations in your area.
Contact the Parent Teachers Associations (PTA) in your area and let them know that you are opening a business in case they know of anyone in need.
Get a quality website builder and create a business website. I do not recommend the free website builders because I do not feel they make a quality business website. Quality website builders use high ranking keywords, ads on social media websites such as Facebook aimed at your local audience, and other traffic building methods. Your website builder program will show you how with easy step by step directions.
Go to our website design builder page for help in choosing your website builder. Put photos of yourself, your staff, and your home on the website, your contact information, and explain why your business is better than your competitors.
Such as, are you more conveniently located, are your activities more fun, do you have healthier meals, better equipment, better hours, and better prices? Talk about the qualifications of your staff, and anything else that will bring in clients.
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