How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business

How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business

by Shari Steelsmith

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762741762
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2006
Series: Home-Based Business Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 9.18(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.72(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Chapter 1Family Child Care--Is It for Me?1
The Benefits of Family Child Care1
Is This for Me?2
Kinds of Family Child-Care Providers3
How Is a Family Child Care Different from Other Kinds of Care?4
Styles of Family Child Care6
Do You Have the Room?7
Take Inventory of Your Skills and Experience9
Are You Willing to Run and Maintain a Business?12
Outfitting a Family Child Care on a Budget16
The Three Most Common Reasons a Family Child Care Doesn't Succeed18
Visit a Provider20
Chapter 2Starting Out21
Where to Start21
The Next Step: Licensing and/or Registration22
The Basic Components of Licensing26
Planning to Make a Profit45
It's Not Really as Hard as It Sounds49
Chapter 3Policies and Procedures51
Enrollment Records and Policies51
Setting Your Fees53
Termination Policy58
Hours of Operation59
Holiday Schedule59
Vacations60
When the Children (or You) Get Sick60
Meals62
Guidance or Discipline63
Other Policies You May Wish to Consider64
Chapter 4Your Daily Schedule81
Age-Mix of the Children81
Your Background and Training82
Your Temperament82
Devising a Daily Schedule82
Mealtimes: An Essential Part of the Day82
Naptime90
Free Play91
Structured Time99
Special Events105
Storytime109
Chapter 5Fun Activities for Children115
Language Activities116
Science Activities119
Learning Games122
Movement Activities125
Cooking and Snack Activities127
Music Activities129
Art Activities132
Personal Safety Activities135
Chapter 6Positive Guidance Tools143
Children's Developmental Ages and Stages144
Discipline/Guidance Techniques147
Increasing Good Behavior152
Decreasing Difficult Behavior155
Fostering Good Social Skills162
Where to Go When a Child Needs More Help Than You Can Give165
Ten Common Guidance Problems166
Chapter 7Back to Business175
Generating Enrollment175
Screening Parents and Children186
Setting Up Your Office186
Computer and Printer190
Using the Internet as a Resource191
Record Keeping195
Chapter 8Solving Common Problems219
Problems with Parents219
Problems with Your Family227
Problems with a Multi-Age-Mix of Children231
Minimizing Interruptions233
Chapter 9Planning for the Future235
Small Versus Large License235
Your Physical and Emotional Well-Being236
Planning for a Substitute237
Hiring an Assistant239
Increasing Your Fees246
Networking: The Importance of Being Well Connected249
Planning for Accreditation251
Setting Goals253
A Word About Professionalism258
A Wish for Success260
Appendix261
Publications261
Mail-Order Catalogs for Publications and Other Products266
Software268
Professional Organizations and Associations268
State Child Care Home Pages/Information on Licensing270
Sample Forms and Worksheets272
Index285
About the Author292

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