Become a Daycare Owner [With CDROM]

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Imagine having a career where you can see the results of your caring and creative efforts every day. As a daycare owner you can hear the joy of children's laughter and be someone children love, trust, and learn from. In this FabJob guide you will discover...

Stages of child development and how to meet a child's physical, emotional, and intellectual needs

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Overview

Imagine having a career where you can see the results of your caring and creative efforts every day. As a daycare owner you can hear the joy of children's laughter and be someone children love, trust, and learn from. In this FabJob guide you will discover...

Stages of child development and how to meet a child's physical, emotional, and intellectual needs

How to start a home daycare or a daycare center

Your options for starting a new daycare, buying an existing daycare, or daycare franchising

What you need to know about running a daycare - from hiring staff to handling emergencies

How to set your fees, get clients, and get paid

If you want to be your own boss and get paid to care for children, this FabJob guide is for you! It shows how you can become a successful daycare owner.

FabJob books have been featured in Woman's Day, Woman's World Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine websites, among many other respected media.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894638814
  • Publisher: Fabjob
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

1.1 A Much-Needed Service 2

1.2 Benefits of the Career 4

1.3 Inside This Guide 6

2 The World of Childcare 9

2.1 What a Daycare Owner Does 9

2.1.1 Hands-On Care 10

2.1.2 Running the Business 13

2.2 Types of Childcare 14

2.2.1 Home Daycare 17

2.2.2 In-Home Daycare Center 18

2.2.3 Childcare Center 19

2.2.4 Out-of-School Care Center 20

2.2.5 Drop-in Center 22

2.3 The Skills You'll Need 22

2.3.1 A Good Rapport with Children 23

2.3.2 Interpersonal Skills 27

2.3.3 Organizational Ability 29

2.3.4 Business Skills 31

2.4 Preparing for Your Career 33

2.4.1 Information Interviews 33

2.4.2 Hands-On Experience 36

2.4.3 Formal Education and Training 38

2.4.4 Other Types of Certification 41

3 Planning Your Daycare 45

3.1 Business Options 46

3.1.1 Develop Your Ideas 46

3.1.2 Creating a Business Plan 47

3.1.3 Start a Brand New Daycare 52

3.1.4 Buy an Existing Daycare 53

3.1.5 Daycare Franchise Opportunities 54

3.2 Choosing a Location 56

3.2.1 The Home Daycare 56

3.2.2 The Out-of-Home Daycare 57

3.2.3 Evaluating a Location 58

3.3 Legal Matters 62

3.3.1 Choosing a Business Name 62

3.3.2 Business Structure 64

3.3.3 Insurance 64

3.3.4 Licensing Requirements 65

3.3.5 Optional Accreditation for Your Daycare 67

3.4 Financing Your Daycare 68

3.4.1 Start-Up Costs 70

3.4.2 Operating Costs 72

3.4.3 Sources of Funding 73

3.4.4 Grants and Subsidies for Daycares 76

3.5 Setting up Your Space 76

3.5.1 Designing a Layout 77

3.5.2 The Areas You'll Need 78

3.5.3 Effective Childproofing 84

3.5.4 Equipment and Supplies 90

3.6 Hiring Staff 99

3.6.1 Positions You May Hire For 100

3.6.2 Determining Your StaffRequirements 105

3.6.3 The Qualifications to Look For 106

3.6.4 Finding Staff 106

3.6.5 Interviewing 110

4 Meeting Children's Needs 115

4.1 Meal Time 116

4.1.1 Meal Preparation Options 116

4.1.2 Choosing What to Serve 118

4.1.3 Organizing Meal Time 121

4.1.4 Food Safety 125

4.2 Napping and Personal Hygiene 128

4.2.1 Nap Time 128

4.2.2 Hand Washing 129

4.2.3 Diapering 130

4.2.4 Toilet Use 132

4.3 Socialization and Play 133

4.3.1 Group Size and Socialization 133

4.3.2 Emotional Growth 134

4.3.3 Your Role as Caregiver 135

4.4 Growth and Development 136

4.4.1 In Infants 136

4.4.2 In Toddlers 139

4.4.3 In Preschoolers 141

4.4.4 In School-Age Children 142

4.5 A Safe and Clean Environment 143

4.5.1 Physical Safety 143

4.5.2 Emotional Safety 145

4.5.3 Stranger Safety 146

4.5.4 Cleanliness 147

4.6 Guidance and Discipline 150

4.6.1 Effective Behavior Management 150

4.6.2 Common Challenges 153

5 Running Your Daycare 157

5.1 Planning Daily Activities 157

5.1.1 How to Plan Your Schedule 157

5.1.2 Special Occasions 161

5.2 Managing Your Staff 166

5.2.1 Open Communication 166

5.2.2 What You Have to Offer as Owner 167

5.2.3 Caregiver Burnout 169

5.3 Setting Your Fees 171

5.3.1 Factors that Affect Your Fees 172

5.3.2 How to Calculate Fees 176

5.4 Your Policy Manual 180

5.4.1 General Policies 181

5.4.2 Health-Related Issues 184

5.4.3 Fees and Payment 186

5.4.4 Enrollment and Termination 189

5.4.5 Day-to-Day Procedures 191

5.4.6 Special Circumstances 192

5.5 Business Operations 194

5.5.1 Record-Keeping 194

5.5.2 Keeping Track of Your Finances 196

5.6 Injuries and Emergencies 199

5.6.1 Handling Injuries 199

5.6.2 Handling Emergencies 201

5.7 Communicating With Parents 206

5.7.1 Typical Types of Parents 207

5.7.2 Communication Techniques 208

5.7.3 Getting Paid 212

6 Getting Clients 217

6.1 Marketing Your Daycare 218

6.1.1 Your Unique Selling Point 218

6.1.2 Promotional Materials 221

6.1.3 Advertising and Publicity 225

6.2 Offering Specialty Services 230

6.2.1 Education Emphasis 230

6.2.2 Special-Needs Care 233

6.2.3 After-Hours Care 235

6.2.4 Care for Sick Children 236

6.2.5 Cultural or Religious Influence 238

6.2.6 Affordability 239

6.2.7 Corporate or Onsite Daycare 240

6.3 Interviews and Enrollment 242

6.3.1 The Initial Meeting 242

6.3.2 Managing a Waiting List 246

6.3.3 The First Day of Care 251

7 Resources 255

7.1 Professional Resources 255

7.2 Daycare Licensing Agency Contacts - USA 263

7.3 Daycare Licensing Agency Contacts - Canada 276

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