Building a Profitable Childcare Business

Starting a Daycare Center Business and earn a good income

Starting a Childcare Center Business Guide

Opening a daycare center is ideal for parents or caregivers who want to spend more time with their children, while also helping other kids get a good start in their academic and social life. It takes a special investor to start a daycare business since it usually requires the owner to be responsible, friendly, and caring for the children’s welfare.

I) Get the necessary Childcare licensing 

The first step is to contact your local Licensing Agency to know what measures should be put in place for the institution to be allowed to operate. Note that each state has its own guidelines which may be slightly different from one another, so it’s important to keenly read the requirements in order to avoid breaching the law. 

In most jurisdictions, you’ll need a license if your center has at least 5 children, plus it’s usually mandatory to complete a registration form from the child welfare department, showing how many kids will be attending your institution. 

Likewise, there are certain minimum physical space measurements that the youngsters should have both indoors and outdoors. Your daycare facility shouldn’t be crammed in a tiny space, but rather have sufficient room for the kids to learn and play comfortably throughout the day. There must also be safety mechanisms in place such as first-aid kits, fire extinguishers and so on.

The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is available at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/licensing.

II) Choose a good name and philosophy for your institution 

In business, names matter a lot since they represent the goal and potential which an entrepreneur seeks to achieve. Likewise, your daycare center’s philosophy will tell prospective parents what kind of environment their kids should expect to find should they choose to enroll at your institution. 

Currently, one of the most popular philosophies for early childhood learning is Montessori. This system views the youngster as innately eager to gain knowledge, and with the ability to initiate learning when given a supportive environment. Moreover, students learn various concepts through practically working with materials, instead of being given direct instructions by the teacher. Other learning philosophies that you may also adopt for your daycare school are the Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and HighScope systems among others. 

III) Ensure the logistics are in place 

In terms of future outlook, data from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that this industry will experience one of the fastest growths by the year 2022. By opening a daycare center , you’ll not only earn some good income but also help young children in your community to progress in their learning. You need to create a budget showing where resources would be spent and how much will be used for each particular project. A well-organized budget will ensure everything runs smoothly in your institution, from payment of employees to buying learning materials/supplies and so on. 

Generally, when opening a daycare facility it’s recommended to have sufficient financial resources, which shall cover both your startup and operational costs for the next 3 months. Always remember that it’s unlikely for your daycare to launch with full enrollment, therefore don’t rely too much on the registration fees that parents would spend for their kids’ admission. 

Also as part of the logistics, prepare a comprehensive contract that the parents shall have to sign before enrolling their children to the institution. Check with your local Childcare agency for form requirements. The contract needs to have information about payment, pickup policy, extra supplies/activities to be paid for and health matters among other factors. For health, in particular, the parents should be able to disclose any allergies/medical conditions their child could be suffering from, immunization records and emergency contacts that are easy to reach in case of any problem. 

IV) Promote your daycare center 

Few people will know about your business unless you take the step to market it. One of the best places to reach potential clients is through your local communities’ social media pages. Here, you are likely to interact with people within your niche locality who are interested in your childcare services. 

Alternatively, you can pass out flyers to various homes around your neighborhood, or use word-of-mouth marketing by telling your friends and family about the business, and hoping that they will also share the information with other people within their social circles. 

To summarize, starting a daycare business can be easy provided you follow the correct procedures for registration and establish policies to ensure the smooth running of your institution.

Alexis Sferra

Alexis Sferra

Author/Editor

About Alexis Sferra

Alexis Sferra has been working with children for over 14 years in many different ways. She started when she was younger, babysitting for children around the neighborhood. As she got older, she continued her work into overnight nannying for a few years in high school. At that point, she had to learn a few new skills. Making sure the kids were put to bed on time, had dinner, and cleaned up once the children were in bed. After school, she went straight into being a private nanny for many years. After college, she started a job at a local in-home daycare where she could help care for many more children but still, on a personal level, you get with nannying. After that, Alexis worked as an assistant director at a 24-hour daycare center. There Alexis had to combine all her skills of overnight sitting, parent communication, personalization, and caring for the children. While also learning new ones such as keeping the records up to date, going through inspections, managing a team of staff members, ensuring all rules and regulations were being followed, as well as payroll duties.

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