Start Your Own Child Care Business

Overview

Get Paid for Caring for Kids

Do you enjoy working with children? Would you like to help lighten the load on harried moms and dads? If you are already staying home to care for your children, why not earn extra money by starting your own Child Care Service? With more and more parents needing help to care for their children, the market for child care services is burgeoning.

Whether you want to start a family-style child-care center in your home or...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $4.00   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$4.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(57)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
All orders ship with in 24 hours except Sundays & Holidays, with a tracking #. Items ship from the US. International orders may take longer for you to receive because of ... customs. Contact us if you have more questions before your purchase we will get back to you within 24 hours. ; Start-Up Series; 8.97 X 7.04 X 0.51 inches; 470 pages Read more Show Less

Ships from: Victor, MT

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(136)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Get Paid for Caring for Kids

Do you enjoy working with children? Would you like to help lighten the load on harried moms and dads? If you are already staying home to care for your children, why not earn extra money by starting your own Child Care Service? With more and more parents needing help to care for their children, the market for child care services is burgeoning.

Whether you want to start a family-style child-care center in your home or a large center at a commercial site, here's how to do it. Entrepreneur Magazine's Start Ups: Child Care Services is succinct, informative presentation of key issues to be aware of in the child care industry, plus the steps to take to start your own child care service, Illuminating interviews show solutions other successful child care owners developed for their businesses.

Child Care Services contains complete overviews of:

  • legal and insurance concerns
  • facility location and set up considerations
  • security issues
  • how to establish and revise rates
  • hour and policy considerations
  • records to obtain from parents

Useful sample forms, a glossary, additional resources, plus step-by-step instructions, checklists, and worksheets will guide you through each step of the start-up process and help you get started in your own child care business today.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This guide presents information on starting and operating a child-care business, from small, home-based centers to large, commercial facilities. A sampling of topics includes start up costs, daily operations, human resources, parent relationships, marketing, and financial management. The text does not discuss preschools, nor does it cover program development or the educational and developmental needs of young children. The volume does not contain bibliographical references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
How Did They Start? 2
Who's Running the Centers? 4
Who Is Your Market? 5
Before 9 and After 5 6
First Things First 7
Buying an Existing Child-Care Service 9
Evaluating a Company 10
Outlook for the Future 10
Chapter 2 Services and Policies 11
Services 12
Policies 13
Confidentiality and Access to Records 13
Fees 14
Hours of Operation 15
Holidays 15
Vacations 15
Absences 16
Transportation 16
Chronic Misbehavior and Other Adjustment Issues 17
Care of Sick Children 17
Late Pickup 18
Meals 19
Emergencies 19
Health Issues 19
Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs 19
Release of Children 20
Other Policies 20
Admission Procedures 21
Safety Standards and Policies 22
Children with Special Needs 22
Administering Medication 23
Chapter 3 Running Your Child-Care Business 27
Children's Records 29
Incident Reports 29
Management Records 32
Purchasing and Inventory 33
Programs 36
Accreditation for Family Child-Care Centers 37
Are You on a Mission? 39
Chapter 4 Structuring Your Business 43
Naming Your Company 44
Choosing a Legal Structure 45
Licenses and Permits 47
Trademark and Copyright Issues 48
Insurance 50
Accident Insurance 51
Liability Insurance 52
Professional Advisors 54
Create Your Own Advisory Board 56
Chapter 5 Financing Your Start-Up 59
Start-Up Costs: How Much Do You Need? 60
Building Banking Relationships 62
Setting Prices 62
Labor and Materials 63
Hourly or Weekly? 66
Increasing Your Revenue 66
Forms of Payment 67
Collection Procedures 68
Keeping Records: Start Right, Stay Right 69
Getting Free Supplies and Services 71
Chapter 6 Locating and Setting Up 73
Choosing a Commercial Location 74
Improving an Existing Facility 74
Indoor Space and Equipment 77
Playground and Outdoor Areas 79
Walkways, Stairs, and Railings 80
Health, Safety, and Sanitation Practices 81
Setting Up a Homebased Center 82
Childproofing Your Home 83
Pets 84
Chapter 7 Furnishing Your Center 85
Specific Rooms 86
Lobby/Reception Area 86
Office 87
Classrooms 87
Choosing the Right Toys 89
Toilet-Training Equipment 90
Playground Equipment 90
Audiovisual and Computer Equipment 93
Inventory 94
Classroom Supplies 94
Cleaning Supplies 95
Health and Safety Standards 96
Chapter 8 Kitchen and Laundry Facilities 97
Kitchen 98
Ventilation 100
Food and Beverage Supplies 101
Good Nutrition and Mealtime Behavior 101
Laundry 102
Design and Equipment 103
Buying Used Equipment 103
Chapter 9 Office Equipment 105
Telecommunications 108
Keep Your Customers Out of Voice-Mail Jail 110
Office Supplies 111
Chapter 10 Transportation Services 113
Driver Requirements 114
Vehicle Requirements 114
Training 115
General Policies 115
Children Will Be Children 117
Starting a Transportation Service 118
Setting Prices 119
Hiring and Keeping Drivers 120
Chapter 11 Parent Relationships 121
Encouraging Parental Involvement 122
Keeping Parents Informed 123
Helping Parents Understand Your Bond with Their Children 124
If You Have a Problem 125
When a Parent Has a Problem 126
When Parents Are Chronically Late 127
Communication Tips 127
Chapter 12 Marketing 129
Direct Mail 131
Make Your Grand Opening Truly Grand 132
Plan Ahead 134
Media Kits that Get Results 134
Referrals Are Essential 135
The Deal on Discounts 135
Your Logo 137
Your Sign 137
Going Online 138
Chapter 13 Staffing 139
When to Hire 140
Deciding What You Need 140
Where to Look for Candidates 142
Positions 143
Evaluating Applicants 143
Caregiver Characteristics and Qualifications 144
Background Checks 145
Once They're On Board 146
Temporary Employees 149
Employee Benefits 150
The High Cost of Turnover 151
Maintain Adequate Personnel Files 152
Child-to-Staff Ratios 152
Chapter 14 Facility Maintenance 155
Building Maintenance 156
Exterior Maintenance 157
Equipment Maintenance 158
Chapter 15 When Things Go Wrong 161
Security 162
Preventing and Dealing with Injuries 164
Evacuation Plans 169
When You Suspect Abuse 169
Bicycle Safety 170
Reacting to a Crisis 171
Chapter 16 Tales from the Trenches 173
Invest In Yourself 174
Reach Out to the Community for Enrichment 174
Find Out How You're Doing 174
Differentiate Your Service 174
Get Commitments from Your Customers 175
Follow Up on Everything You Do 175
Keep a Professional Distance 175
Be Prepared for the Bad Days 176
Enjoy the Rewards 176
Appendix 177
Glossary 181
Index 189
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)