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Your Day Care Business Plan

Many times people who want to start a new business chaff at the idea of having to write a business plan. The idea of going through a tedious process of documenting the business aspects of something that is really your dream that you want to make come true seems tedious and unnecessary. After all, you know at a gut level what you want to do so the thought that you have to get that all on paper at a fairly detailed level seems to be a nuisance. […]

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The Grown Up Work of Running a Day Care

For anyone who enjoys working with children, starting a day care can be a fulfilling and rewarding career. Not only will you be doing what you love to do which is caring for the very young, you are making a good living at it. The size of the day care you start can be as small as hosting a half dozen kids in your home to running a big institution with dozens of kids. The size of the day care is something you have to decide based […]

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If You Build It They Will Come

Just like any business, there is basically one central event that will mean the difference between success or failure in starting your own customers. It isn’t a difficult issue to figure out either. You have to find customers. And for you, customers are parents who need a quality day care that they feel they can trust to put their children in as they go off to work. The title we chose for this article is a famous quote from field of dreams where the voice tells Kevin […]

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More Than a Day Care

“Walk a mile in my shoes” was a popular song long ago which advocated that to understand someone else’s point of view, try to see the world through their eyes. In running a day care, sometimes it helps if we stop and try to understand how your customers view you and view the experience they are having using your service. And, of course, the “customers ” of your day care are the children who are in your care and the parents who entrust those little ones to […]

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Discipline At Day Care

When you first though of starting your own day care, the images of being with children, loving them, and having fun with them is one of the big attractions to making that kind of day care become a reality. But it doesnÂ’t take long to realize that in any social setting and especially one where children are involved, there must be a system of discipline. The tricky part of putting into place and then enforcing discipline in a day care setting is that you are put on […]

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Daily Life In Your Day Care

How do you view the daily schedule that you maintain in your day care? How the time is used while you are the primary caregiver for those kids will say a lot about whether you see day care as essentially professional babysitting or as a time when the kids in your charge can grow and mature together. Now, we know that day care is not school. So you are not expected to run a curriculum and show substantial intellectual improvement in the children you care for. For […]

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Because You Can Do It Better

There are a lot of reasons that people decide to start their own day care. For some its strictly a business venture. For others the motivation could be a background or academic training in child care and finding a way to use that expertise outside of public schools and pediatrics. But for many and perhaps for you, the motivation is quite simply that you know you can do it better than people who run day care centers that you have used. One of the most heart wrenching […]

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A Day Care Starter Kit

When you make the determination that you are ready to start the process of owning your own day care, the first thing to recognize is that you are not going down uncharted paths here. The steps you will need to take to set up your day care are pretty much cut and dried. And while for you each step along the path to finally turning the key and opening the door of your shiny new day care is an adventure, it is an adventure many have had […]

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The Five Must Haves to Start a Day Care

Whether its going on vacation or building a new business, before you start on any of life’s adventures, you have to know what you must have. And starting your own day care is a great adventure because there is risk, there is excitement and there is opportunity for great success and victory. So the very first thing you will set about learning are the “must haves” of starting your own day care center. Once you have that list underway, you can fill in the blanks as you […]

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Why Start Your Own Day Care Center

Have you ever heard of someone doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons? Most of us can think of someone who has been guilty of that. There are a lot of questions you ask yourself when you start the planning for setting up your own day care center. You have to spend time on issues like location, financing, market share and licensing. But there is one fundamental question maybe more important than all of those things. And that is the question, why are you […]

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