Usually you start off as a babysitting service. As
you learn the ropes and can adjust to the handling of several children
in one place, gradually you can offer a full day care service. Things
you have to consider if don’t have that much experience yet is that some
children have different behavioral patterns that the rest. You may group
them according to particular age brackets. The mistake of mixing some
older kids with the younger ones is that they don’t coincide with nap
times because the older kids seem to be more in the active and run
around stage, and then what happens is that it disturbs the younger
group and they get tired because they can’t sleep.
There are kids who like the idea of playtime story telling over just the
usual “hand me a toy” routine. It is a good avenue to stimulate their
creativeness and imagination. Educational games and toys are also part
of the learning environment and can get more out of the day care
experience. Be sure to check if the toys are safe. Be sure that they do
not contain materials that are harmful to children, like lead in the
paint of toys. Sometimes smaller children stick them in their mouths and
may get lead poisoning. There are a variety of puzzle games which also
take a liking to the children. If you can make all the education into
play and train their minds to work for it they will absorb the
information better. A lot of adults today still remember the good
experiences they’ve had while they were in daycare.
You may request the parents to provide the diapers and extra clothes for
their children. Upon interviewing the parents of the children you must
be very thorough in what your day care service has to offer and teach.
This is to make clear to the parents their expectations. After all, they
will be leaving and entrusting their children in your care while they
are at work. They would like that assurance that their children are safe
and at the same time be preoccupied during the time they are there.
Aside from the reading and games the children love snacking. You can
prepare recipes which are nutritious as well as delicious for the kids.
Try to gather a lot of these recipes, especially when there are
designing or decorating on cupcakes or other pastries. You can make it
go as a game for them to do also. Kids love the idea of eating what
they’re making. Make sure that you don’t forget to ask the parents if
their children have any allergies to certain foods or when they come in
contact with certain things like powder or liquids. There are state
regulations by the way for certain places to require you to have a
licensed nurse in the premises when there are a number of children
involved or entrusted to an individuals care. Thorough background
checking also covers those who are in contact with children, disabled
individuals and elderly people.