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How to Start a Daycare - Tips for Starting a Day Care

Starting a daycare business requires careful planning and a passion to care for children and serve parents. The three steps described here don't cover everything you need to start a day care business, but they will set you off on the right foot.

Writing Your Day Care Business Plan

A clear and complete day care business plan makes the case to investors for why they should join forces with you to make your day care center a reality. The plan is also a document that helps you think through how the company will operate and work out many kinks before you spend a dollar on the center itself.

Weigh the pros and cons of writing a plan yourself and of enlisting professional help in creating the plan. Even if you choose to write it yourself, you can save significant time by using a business plan template for a day care business to give you the right prompts for the questions you need to ask and the research you need to do. Whether you do the writing yourself or not, you will need to think through the business operations and marketing to explain how the business will function in the plan.

Find, Hire, and Retain Qualified Employees

Finding qualified employees is extremely important for a day care business, as so much of the service you offer is tied to the work of the employees with the children. Start by using a professional investigation service to do background checks on all potential employees. Also, decide on clear training and certification requirements for your employees which meet or exceed the legal requirements for the location where you will operate. Most of all, make sure that the employees share your basic philosophy for child care and customer service. These can be the most difficult to teach after hiring, while employees who lack some experience can be required to take courses and achieve certifications before starting work to get them up to speed on their child care skills.

Strive for Consistent Operations

There are many child care methodologies in existence, and any expert will have opinions on which are the most effective. From a business perspective, it is important that you are clear on your choice for what the methodology of your center and your staff will be so that the care you provide will be consistent. Having consistent operations and quality of your services will help children and parents alike to not become overly attached to any specific employee, but to instead become attached to the center itself and the experiences it allows. Within your business plan, in your marketing materials, and in staff training make clear mention of the fact that your child care is based around specific guidelines so that there is no question among customers and employees.

As mentioned above, the first step to starting your day care is to develop your daycare business plan. Growthink provides products and services and business plan guidelines to help you develop a professional business plan and turn your dream into reality.

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If you want to create your own business plan quickly and easily, we now offer a business plan template that allows you to develop a professional business plan in hours or days, not weeks or months.

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OR, We Can Develop Your Plan For You

Our professional business plan writers can create your entire business plan for you. We will make sure your business plan is sound and ready for investors so you can continue to focus on running your business. Over the past decade, we have created business plans for hundreds of day care businesses.

To speak with a Growthink business plan consultant, call 800-506-5728 or complete the form below.


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