I have found that most family home childcare providers choose not to expand their businesses away from their home. In fact, it has been my discovery that only a small majority of Family home Child Care providers will choose to expand, because they are simply tired of their businesses being in their home and they are ready to operate a larger business.
However, most family home providers that I meet, are content with having a daycare in their home. It took me quite some time to accept the fact that many home providers may not expand their businesses and that is why I decided to write this blog post: How to Operate your home daycare like a center.
I believe that family home child care providers should operate their businesses as if it were a center. Furthermore, I believe that if you run your Home Daycare like a center, the parents will view your family home child care business as a school or a center.
When I was a home provider, my parents called my daycare a school, because when they entered my home, it looked like a center and I ran my home daycare as if it were a center.
Today I want to share with you 5 things that you can do to start operating your Family Home Child Care Business Like a Center:
1. Choose to operate an in-home preschool and not just a daycare. Check out my article: How to create a Quality in-home preschool Classroom in your home.
2. Hire trained professionals to assist you with your home daycare
3. Develop policies and put them in written form for parents to follow.
4. Require that parents pay their tuition on time and be consistent. (Try my makeover your tuition policy ecourse)
5. You must think like a Center Owner! Discover how a center owner thinks by downloading my Directors handbook and my Art of owning a Child Care Center ebook.
For more Success Strategies for your home Daycare, Be sure to Register for my Upcoming Home Daycare Success Strategies Webinar 3-Day Event!
I look forward to your feedback and I hope to see you at my upcoming Webinar!
Comments on: "How To Operate Your Home Daycare Like A Center" (4)
I love your emails. Very inspiring!! I have been running an inhome daycare/preschool for the past 12 years. I have mine set up as a preschool classroom , with centers, ect. My families all call my home “school” also. In addition, I think providing newsletters, curriculum, menus and I offer Scholastic books for the families to order makes it seem more like a school(center).
Thanks Heather i enjoy sharing from my journey!Yes curruculum too and i talk about that more in my ebook Art of owning a center!
This is so amazing to me. I have so many thoughts running through me head. The main one is how to revamp my daycare. I want to run my family daycare as if I was a center. My all time down fall is ORGANIZATION!!! Also I feel like there is not enough hours in the day to execute all I want to do. Do you have more advice to give me?
Hi Trishawn! Great to hear from you. I know that home providers have long days….you can only do so much in each day. I suggest that you focus on one goal a week in regards to getting your business organized.example, this week at naptime, you can focus on organizing classroom space. Be sure to make time daily for marketing, such as returning phone calls, updating your website, posting on social media,etc.
Most of all, ask yourself; Does my daycare look like a small center?