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We are less than 5 days away from Thanksgiving and I hope that you have already planned your holiday schedule and notified your parents of your holiday closing schedule.

Many Child Care providers plan their holiday schedule at the beginning of their preschool year and issue it to parents.

However, if you are a new family home childcare business owner or a new center owner, be sure to post your holiday schedule where parents can see it. (if you have not already posted your holiday schedule)

Many family home providers follow me on social media and one of the questions that I get shortly before the holidays is: How many days will you be closed for the holidays?

Every year during the holidays I close my center for Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving. Also, during the month of December, I close Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.

When I was a home daycare provider, I closed my business the last week of the year and the parents were notified (in writing) of the closing 6-months in advance.

**Parents do not like it when they are not giving enough notice for planned closings.

Another way to notify parents of your holiday schedule is via a parent handbook and on your website. If you do not have a parent handbook, be sure to purchase a sample parent handbook today! click here

Whatever your holiday schedule may be; I hope that you take some time to enjoy the holidays with your family and I challenge you to do something special for the families in your childcare business this holiday season.

 

With the holidays in mind,

Shiketa

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How to Train a New Child Care Worker?

Earlier this week, one of my Facebook friends sent me an inbox message and she asked me if I had a resource on Training New Staff Members.
I was glad that she asked that question, because I have several resources that will empower home providers and center owners in the arena of staff management.

However, before I share the links with you, I want to share 5 Effective Ways to Train a New Child Care Worker:

  1. Plan a new employee orientation that consists of the following: meeting co-workers, review job duties, give the new employee a tour of his or her work environment, plan time to complete tax forms; review policies and procedures,etc.
  2. On the employee’s first day; provide hands-on-training for the employee or pair the employee up with your best worker. (Modeling is a great way to train new employees)
  3. On the second day, give the employee some space to do his or her job and stay close by to answer any questions.
  4. At the end of the employee’s work week, ask the employee how did his or her week go? Get feedback and provide support!
  5. Take some time to observe the employee during the first 3 weeks of employment, because the way that an employee is trained, is how they will continue to work.

For more staff management resources I would like to recommend that you check out the following:

21 Day Mastermind eCourse (find course in online Institute)
Director’s Handbook
The Art of Owning a CenterTo Your Success!
Shiketa

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