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It’s Time to Change How We Do Business!

1378884_10203583732824100_1697272836321419097_n Several hours before writing this blog post, I took a trip to the Grocery store and to the Post office.

In fact, As I began to check out at the grocery store, I noticed there was tape on the floors to promote social distancing between each customer and I saw COVID 19 signs all over the store. Then I thought, COVID 19 has truly changed How we Do Business! 

Seeing  all those yellow signs all over the store and yellow tape on the floor inspired me to think about what I needed to do differently to protect my employees, children and staff.

Then after leaving the grocery store, I went to the post office and I saw red tape on the floors and plexiglass in front of the help counter. When I saw that plexiglass, I thought: that’s a great idea.

So, I immediately called my husband and I asked Him if He could install  some hanging plexiglass in front of our receptionist desk at our center to protect the health of our office staff.

I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced that we cannot continue doing business as usual. In fact, this is the time to implement new practices that will reassure your parents that you care about their well being and their health. Most of all, you must protect your very own health as well.

My center closed for 2 weeks and while we are closed, I have been thinking of ways to prevent the spread of germs during this COVID 19 Pandemic.

We have a upcoming summer camp and I’m wondering how this pandemic is going to affect where we go on field trips. Furthermore, I am already considering having a private preschool graduation with just the kids and staff and go Live on Facebook for the families to see our ceremony.

Whatever you decided to do, please remember to keep the health and wellness of your families in mind.

I would like to ask you a question? What have you decided to do differently to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus? Please share below.

I look forward to your response.

Shiketa

Your Environment Sells Your Program

(Maplewood Earlychildhood Center)

Photo Credit: Maplewood Early Childhood Center

Many years ago, I discovered that when parents visit your program, they use their senses to make a child care decision. In fact, when they walk into your home or center, parents immediately notice the following:

  1. The sounds in the environment, such as singing or laughing
  2. How the environment smells
  3. The look of the environment

Before you schedule your next tour or interview with a parent; Lets take a look at what you must do to create an environment that sells your Child Care program.

  1. Be sure that your home or center has a fresh clean scent. Most of the parents that visit my center, always comment on the fact that there are “No odors” in the building.
  2.  Consider Scheduling tours during structured times of the day: circle time, lunch or story time. Transition times, may not be the best time to do a tour, because the children are loud and you may even hear screaming or yelling.
  3. De-clutter your classroom space.
  4. Post the children’s work on the wall.
  5. Have bulletin boards that includes: a daily lesson, plan, menus, events and daily schedule.
  6. Be sure that the chairs are pushed up to the table and toys are not all over the floor.
  7. Remove all damaged items from the environment and dust regularly.
  8. Post bright colorful educational posters or projects on the walls.

I think you get the point! Parents love a place that smells great; they will choose a childcare program based on the environment and you want parents to hear pleasant sounds when they enter your facility for the first time. The first impression…is a lasting impression.

With Your Success in Mind!

Shiketa

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