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7 Steps To Planning For a Successful 2018

If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail…

I can hardly believe that 2017 is almost over!

I don’t know about you, but this has been an amazing Business year for me and I’m already planning for 2018.

Furthermore, as I wrap up the Business year, I must say that if you plan each business week very carefully and get focused; you can accomplish just about anything.

However, as I write this blog post, we are less than 90 days away from a brand new Business year and today I want to inspire you to take some time to reflect.

Most of all, I want to inspire you to plan ahead. As you can see, time goes by very fast and if you want to have a successful year, you must plan for it!

Here are 7  Steps to Planning for a Fun and Successful 2018:

1. Take a moment to reflect on the highlights of your year. Did you celebrate your successes? If not, it’s not too late to celebrate.

2. Did you have any challenges? If so, how did you overcome the challenges? Did you get coaching or seek counsel? What do you plan to do differently next year?

3. Create a plan for 2018. Plan your events with excellence and market your events to your parents.  Do you have a calendar of events that you issue to parents? If not, this is a good time to create one. Issuing a calendar of events for the upcoming year, is a great way to create momentum and get your parents excited about your program. I have attached a copy of my Program Calendar for you to review or to use as a template.

4. Develop a marketing plan for 2018 that includes a social media marketing plan.  Facebook is a very popular social media platform . In fact, according to Facebook newsroom; there are over one billion people on Facebook. Furthermore, I want to inspire you to consider Facebook ads. Facebook ads are as low as $5 and you set the marketing budget.

5. Buy a new Business Book to read. New information will empower you to build a Successful business.

6. Thinking about Expanding ? Don’t think anymore, this is the time to start planning. Check out my Child Care Business Expansion guide.

7. Its time to Create Your 2018 Vision Board! Need ideas? click here

 

It’s time to do the work for 2018….

Shiketa

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How to Plan An Informational Parent-Teacher Conference

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This blog post is an excerpt from my family Home Child Care Empowerment Club.

Holding an annual or bi-annual parent-teacher conference with your parents is a sure way to get the parents to view you as an early Childhood professional and to let them know that their child’s early childhood education is important to you.

Let’s go through the steps of conducting a successful parent/teacher conference:

  1. Step one- Plan the times of year that you would prefer to hold conference with parents
  2. Step two- Decide if the conferences you will have an assistant to care for the children while you conduct conferences, will they be during nap time, in the evenings, on the weekends or over the phone.
  3. Step three-Create a form to notify parents of upcoming parent/teacher conferences and times that are available. Be sure to include a feedback form for parents to record what they would like to discuss. ** Give parents at least three time choices.
  4. Step four-Plan to hold conferences for no more than 20 minutes, so be sure to write down a conference topic for each family. For example: for the first 5-minutes; thank the parents for attending the conference, tell them how much you enjoy having their child in your program, go over what you will talk about for the next 10 minutes and allow the parents to talk or ask question for the last five minutes.
  5. Step five- Practice your conference and time yourself.
  6. Step six- After all parent/teacher conferences are complete, issue a parent survey to get the parent’s feedback. This will help you to make needed improvements, if any.

To your Success!

Shiketa

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