With the current economy today and the complications
of work, the need for a day care facility will always be there. Families
wherein both parents have office jobs, a divorcee, or perhaps a single
mother would require such a facility.
At first you would probably be offering something of babysitting
service. As the number of children increase and as you get accustomed to
handling the children inside the house and in the backyard you can then
expand your business and become a full day care facility.
A nice place to locate your center would be near a main thoroughfare
with not much traffic along the main street. Another access road around
the back would be good. Some day care centers start at home. This would
provide access for you to take care of your children alongside the
others. You may need to check with the regulations your state has, since
that you are a business entrusted with children some require a licensed
nurse for a certain number of children in the facility.
Some larger companies fund and operate day care centers located around
or near the place of work. They offer this as a benefit for their
employees. According to a recent study though, most parents prefer to
place their children in day care centers near their home. So this should
put the matter of competition from the company funded day care centers
out of the way.
Running a day care business is not an easy task. You have to be the type
of person with a longer stretch of patience since children have
different behavioral patterns. You must study and observe these traits
if are to get along with them. Various children require different
methods of teaching. You must discuss your plans and objectives with the
parents of the children since they would want to be assured that not
only do they leave their children to be watched over, they are also
educated so the time they are in day care is well spent.
You must plan out activities of the children. You can segregate children
in different age groups to play together. Some children may have
different sleeping habits than the others, this may not allow you to
group them during nap time. The combination and selection of toys must
also be taken into consideration. There have been cases that particular
toys by themselves are safe but a combination of several of them in one
area may be the cause of accidents. Children love assorted toys to keep
them entertained. They particularly love children’s books and puzzles.
Interaction a lot with the children is what makes it memorable as well
as educational for the child. Some adults remember their time in daycare
as children when they had fun and learned a lot from it. They also carry
it in life with them. You may also have to consider incorporating food
and snacks so the children will not squabble about the other child
having something different from the next. You can ask the parents to
provide the diapers and change of clothes though.