Child Care Resource Library
While many parents and childcare providers place a high premium on the importance of meeting the needs of infants and toddlers, the unique demands of caring for older children are equally deserving of attention. During the school year, children may be released from school before working parents return home, leaving a gap in which childcare becomes a necessity. Extended seasonal breaks like summer vacation and the winter holidays may also create a hardship in working-parent households, as children are no longer attending school and are in need of temporary care. Meeting the childcare needs of school-aged children comes with different requirements than those related to the care of younger children, as well.
A great childcare provider’s primary focus is the health, safety and happiness of the children under their care, but a dedication to building your business is almost as crucial. After all, even the best childcare provider’s success will be dependent upon the existence of a solid, reliable customer base. Though an economic downturn can be frightening, the childcare industry is one in which there is still great room for growth across the country. From the largest daycare centers to on-call babysitters, anyone who hopes to be successful in the childcare industry must make sustained business growth a high priority. Whether you’re just starting your childcare business or are actively working to expand enrollment in an existing facilities, there are ways for childcare providers to promote themselves and their services.
If you have a genuine love of children and an entrepreneurial spirit, starting a home daycare business may be a rewarding and fulfilling career path. By starting a home-based business, you may be able to limit your up-front investment expenses and keep overhead costs to a minimum, which makes it a more accessible option than starting an independent daycare center for many caregivers. Still, there are some factors you will need to consider before accepting your first clients and turning your home into a place of business.
Though not all families require full-time childcare, occasions will inevitably arise in which the services of a babysitter are required. There’s a reason why so many parents speak of their babysitters in reverent tones; they’re not easy to find, and can be even more challenging to keep. There seems to be a surfeit of full-time care options, but a trustworthy and competent babysitter who works on an on-call basis is often a rare gem, indeed. Still, finding a caregiver who is both capable and qualified doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. With a few tips and a bit of advice, you’ll be on the road to finding, and keeping, the perfect sitter.
One of the first truly difficult decisions many parents face is choosing the right childcare center for their little one, especially first-time parents whose experience with professional childcare is limited. Learning to spot the signs of a great day care is just as important as recognizing potential red flags, which can be a very real challenge for parents.
Though many parents prefer the idea of a more personal childcare experience through a home daycare, finding one of great quality can be a challenge. In some states, licensing and regulation is significantly less stringent for home daycare businesses. Because this can translate to less oversight and accountability, parents who are actively exploring home daycare options may face a challenge separating higher quality programs from those less desirable. With a basic understanding of what to look for and what to avoid in a home daycare, the right decision may be more easily made.
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.
Trust is a crucial part of the relationship between parents and a childcare provider, especially when it comes to the safety of children. Parents need to know that the people their children come into contact with each day are trustworthy, reputable childcare providers who would never put their little ones in harm’s way. A background check is one of the most popular methods of screening childcare providers and staff, but it can be a mysterious process to parents with limited daycare experience.
Childcare costs are often a sizable financial burden for working families, especially for those with more than one child. Fortunately, there are tax credits and incentives which can help to offset this burden, making it easier to balance the costs of child care. Even though many parents are aware that some incentives exist, many do not take full advantage of them due to a lack of understanding.