How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business

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Have you ever dreamed of starting a home-based day-care business? Have you been hesitant to put your plans into action? Whether you’re interested in caring for newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, or a mix of all three, this comprehensive guide can help you make that dream a reality.
Author Shari Steelsmith, a former editor with Parenting Press, offers down-to-earth advice and proven tips on everything from getting your day-care business off the ground, to managing your cash flow ...

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Overview

Have you ever dreamed of starting a home-based day-care business? Have you been hesitant to put your plans into action? Whether you’re interested in caring for newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, or a mix of all three, this comprehensive guide can help you make that dream a reality.
Author Shari Steelsmith, a former editor with Parenting Press, offers down-to-earth advice and proven tips on everything from getting your day-care business off the ground, to managing your cash flow and staying profitable once you are in business. With recommendations from day-care providers and handy worksheets, checklists, and sample forms, this guide will show you how to avoid common pitfalls and achieve your goals.

Learn all about:

Working out of your home Setting policies and procedures Planning activities for children Fostering good social skills Screening parents and children n Solving common problems Using discipline and guidance techniques Getting paid

Use these special features and workbook pages:
Personal skills inventory Sample medical-consent form

Sample advertisements Profitability worksheets Sample menus Internet resources

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762741762
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Shari Steelsmith is a full-time mother and freelance writer focusing on parenting, educational, and family-related topics. She writes weekly Tip & Tool articles for the Web site, www.parentingpress.com.Shari is also the author of Go to Your Room! Consequences That Teach, Understanding the Angry Child, the board book series Feelings for Little Children, and several other titles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Family Child Care--Is It for Me? 1
The Benefits of Family Child Care 1
Is This for Me? 2
Kinds of Family Child-Care Providers 3
How Is a Family Child Care Different from Other Kinds of Care? 4
Styles of Family Child Care 6
Do You Have the Room? 7
Take Inventory of Your Skills and Experience 9
Are You Willing to Run and Maintain a Business? 12
Outfitting a Family Child Care on a Budget 16
The Three Most Common Reasons a Family Child Care Doesn't Succeed 18
Visit a Provider 20
Chapter 2 Starting Out 21
Where to Start 21
The Next Step: Licensing and/or Registration 22
The Basic Components of Licensing 26
Planning to Make a Profit 45
It's Not Really as Hard as It Sounds 49
Chapter 3 Policies and Procedures 51
Enrollment Records and Policies 51
Setting Your Fees 53
Termination Policy 58
Hours of Operation 59
Holiday Schedule 59
Vacations 60
When the Children (or You) Get Sick 60
Meals 62
Guidance or Discipline 63
Other Policies You May Wish to Consider 64
Chapter 4 Your Daily Schedule 81
Age-Mix of the Children 81
Your Background and Training 82
Your Temperament 82
Devising a Daily Schedule 82
Mealtimes: An Essential Part of the Day 82
Naptime 90
Free Play 91
Structured Time 99
Special Events 105
Storytime 109
Chapter 5 Fun Activities for Children 115
Language Activities 116
Science Activities 119
Learning Games 122
Movement Activities 125
Cooking and Snack Activities 127
Music Activities 129
Art Activities 132
Personal Safety Activities 135
Chapter 6 Positive Guidance Tools 143
Children's Developmental Ages and Stages 144
Discipline/Guidance Techniques 147
Increasing Good Behavior 152
Decreasing Difficult Behavior 155
Fostering Good Social Skills 162
Where to Go When a Child Needs More Help Than You Can Give 165
Ten Common Guidance Problems 166
Chapter 7 Back to Business 175
Generating Enrollment 175
Screening Parents and Children 186
Setting Up Your Office 186
Computer and Printer 190
Using the Internet as a Resource 191
Record Keeping 195
Chapter 8 Solving Common Problems 219
Problems with Parents 219
Problems with Your Family 227
Problems with a Multi-Age-Mix of Children 231
Minimizing Interruptions 233
Chapter 9 Planning for the Future 235
Small Versus Large License 235
Your Physical and Emotional Well-Being 236
Planning for a Substitute 237
Hiring an Assistant 239
Increasing Your Fees 246
Networking: The Importance of Being Well Connected 249
Planning for Accreditation 251
Setting Goals 253
A Word About Professionalism 258
A Wish for Success 260
Appendix 261
Publications 261
Mail-Order Catalogs for Publications and Other Products 266
Software 268
Professional Organizations and Associations 268
State Child Care Home Pages/Information on Licensing 270
Sample Forms and Worksheets 272
Index 285
About the Author 292
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Great book!

    This was a great look into starting a family day care. It covers a lot of information, and goes into depth about a lot of issues caregivers run into. This book is a great buy for anyone thinking of opening their own family day care!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2007

    A+ Highly recommended

    Loved this book. More than i ever expected even. I am a young mother of a 3 1/2 year old boy who babysits a 2 and 3 1/2 year old sister and i have been excited for a long time about maybe one day making my home into a daycare and the info i learned in here really gets me excited and started on my ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    THE ONLY BOOK YOU NEED

    This book offers all the information you need to know to open you own business. It's very informative and offers samples of important documents all day-care centers should have. I read it from cover to cover and honestly could not have opened my business without this book. In fact, I still use it from time to time! It's a keeper!

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