Expanding a daycare business in order to include preschool classes can be a lucrative choice, as there are a wide array of benefits which can be associated with offering a preschool curriculum. For an existing daycare business, this can easily translate to substantially increased enrollment numbers and greater client satisfaction, but will require some significant changes and ample preparation. Before announcing preschool classes and an extended curriculum, daycare administrators and managers are urged to carefully research their options and the associated requirements.
Maintaining appropriate child-to-staff ratios is one of the most important tasks faced by daycare administrators, and may also be among the most challenging. Staffing requirements and ratio standards may even be mandated by law in some states, making the issue even more urgent for many daycare providers. Ensuring the safety of children while meeting all state staffing requirements is a task which no daycare administrator can ignore; the future of a business can very easily depend upon such standards.
Childcare providers are often asked questions about their policies, practices and disciplinary styles by parents and prospective clients, but there’s one area many parents fail to consider: insurance. In fact, liability insurance isn’t even a legal requirement for licensing and daily operation in some states. The unfortunate truth is that many parents don’t discover a lack of liability insurance until a child is injured on a childcare provider’s watch, because most states also don’t require a childcare provider to disclose a lack of insurance. Still, adequate insurance is one of the most important types of protection for a caregiver or facility to possess.
Certifications and licensure provide childcare providers with a level of credibility and legitimacy, inspiring parents to confidence and helping a business to grow. Because state licensing requirements can vary so widely from one state to the next, however, childcare providers who are just starting their businesses may have a difficult time determining which certifications and licenses are essential. Certifications and accreditations can also go above and beyond the minimum state requirements, making it the situation even more complicated for new providers. Still, there are some certifications which are crucial for a fledgling childcare provider to obtain.
Each state has guidelines and regulations regarding child care centers and home based daycares. The guidelines and regulations are determined and supervised by local and state agencies.