A childcare center can be a good small home business if you love children, have a large enough house with a fenced yard, and can pass licensing requirements.
Good preschool businesses are much in demand these days because more mothers are working outside the home to provide for their families. The higher divorce rate has done its part as well. These centers must be much more than just babysitting services.
Social researchers have found that what children learn from years 1 to 6 are the most important because the habits they form will affect their ability to learn and adjust to society.
Some of the requirements for daycare businesses are a minimum area per child, both outside and inside, and one hot meal a day.
A licensed teacher for every 15-20 children, and sometimes a licensed nurse. These requirements may vary depending on your area. Check with your state and local authorities about licenses, permits, and regulations in your area. Create a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) and get liability insurance to protect yourself against lawsuit.
Be sure you have the necessary training to run a childcare center before starting your business. There are quality training courses available at Penn Foster Career School, Western Governors University, Dale Carnegie and others. Don't forget to consider ebooks such as the ones offered on the right for some low cost training.
Please don't be dismayed by the stringent requirements. They are there to give our children the best and the safest care we can. You can start a babycare or baby sitting service and work your way up slowly by building your business as need be.
Make sure you have the necessary business training before starting you business as well. Not having sufficient business skill is one of the top reasons new businesses fail. Another one is not having the finances to cover expenses for up to a year before your business becomes profitable.
Check your states regulations on how to get voluntary pre kindergarten vouchers from government dependent families. This can be a major source of income. People feel they will get what they pay for, so don't cut your prices or they may feel that your service is sub-standard.
You will need to decide if you are going to start a traditional or Montessori childcare center. I would check your competitors and see where the greatest need is, unless you have a personal preference.
Montessori schools leans towards freedom of expression, allowing the child to decide what he will do, within certain guidelines. They have an uninterrupted work period and the teacher helps them with their project. Check Barnes & Noble for books on Montesori schools and other teaching methods for your childcare center.
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