Scheduling one’s daily activities is the cornerstone
of a successful day care business. The right timing for business hours,
play time, snack time and nap time are but some of the items that would
be calendared in one’s schedule. And for a novice in the business, this
may seem to be daunting task. Below are some factors for consideration
in scheduling the activities in a day care business.
The first item would be the business hours of operation. Some of the
factors in making this block time is the need of one’s own family and
the needs of the families one cares for. If one has children, then there
may be a little more difficulty in pulling this off but it can be done.
Picking up and dropping off one’s own children to and from school, after
school activities, homework schedules and the school schedule are but
elements that come into play when making a schedule for the business.
One may opt to bring the day care children when picking up or dropping
off one’s own children but there may be issues with this. One needs to
get parental permission for this and may become a sore point in losing
possible clients as the children are exposed to unnecessary risk.
Another option may be car pooling one’s kids or having them picked up
and dropped off by the bus and one waits at the bus stop. Caring for
one’s children should be top priority and their age is important as to
how much one would want to give the responsibility to others. This is
important when it comes to homework. Set aside time and space for one on
one sessions with your own child away from the hustle and bustle of the
day care so that one can properly guide the child with their own school
The other consideration is the schedule of the parents of the children
one would be looking after. Their schedules must be coincident with one
another so that one can serve more children. Also, commuting time of
parents, when they drop off the child and when they are able to pick
them up after work would also be a factor in determining the core hours
of business for the day care facility.
How the day is structured also helps in multi tasking. Having scheduled
meals, depending upon the core hours would be essential in maintaining
the health and well being of children. When feeding, one can then do
some other household chores. Nap time and play time must also be
scheduled so that one is able to prepare for the next activity and be
able to rest a little before the day wears on. If the children choose
not to take nap times, have them engaged in a quiet activity so that
they would not disturb others who are sleeping.
So planning ahead and forecasting one’s schedule is key to one’s
successful day care business. Also, cooperation between parents and
one’s own family is essential to keep one within the bounds of income
earner and family provider.