Planning a Fall Open House with a Back to School Theme!
Holding an annual Open House is a great way to invite the parents to tour your program/classrooms, open your program up to the community and introduce a back to school theme! So let’s start planning for a fun, exciting, enriching and informational open house.
Several weeks before the open house, start to declutter classrooms and office space. This includes, dusting, removing items that does not need to be seen by visitors. When families tour a childcare program, they look at every detail.
Create a Festive Flyer
Using Microsoft word or office publisher, create a flyer that announces your open house including the date, location of your program, time, activities and events. This will also be a great to time promote enrollment specials, such as: Free registration or 50% the first week. Invite parents to help plan the open house and volunteer to help serve food or issue information about the program.
Creating a banner to place inside and/or outside your home or center draws attention to the event and compels parents and kids to come to the Open House. Yard signs also catch the eyes of traffic driving by your business. Hanging colorful Balloons on the fence surrounding your playground or signs draws attention to the Open House event.*Check with your local municipality regarding signs.
Open House Activities
The night before open house add pencils, back packs with school supplies, toy school buses, books about school and back- to- school bulletin boards to the environment. This will create a Back to school environment. When the children arrive, invite them to find all the new back to school items. *Here is a link to back to school Coloring pages to enhance the back to school theme.
To liven up your open house, give away prizes every 15-20 minutes of the Open House! Some of the prizes could include: toys for the kids, books, tuition coupons for parents and donations made by local businesses in the community. * 30-60 days before the Open House, invite other businesses in the community to donate give-aways for the families.
Information for Parents
Open house is the perfect time to show parents every aspect of your program, from daily schedules, toys in the play areas. Having a self guided tour check list for parents is a sure way to get the parents to view all areas of your program. Be sure to issue parents any new policies, parent handbooks, calendars, enrollment forms (for new families) and fundraising information.
Serve light refreshments
Refreshment ideas include: Lemonade and cookies or Cake and Fruit Juice. You will also need plenty of plates, napkins and cups to serve the refreshments to the families.
Have a Great Open House!