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How to Plan a Fall Open House

Holding an annual Open House is a great way to invite the parents to tour your program/classrooms; open up your program to the community and introduce a back to school theme!

So let’s start planning for a fun, exciting, enriching and informational open house.

1.Get Organized/De-clutter 

Several weeks before the open house, start to De-clutter 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. Be sure to post Lesson Plans!

2.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.

3. Signs/Banners 

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.

4. 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.

5. Give-a-ways 

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-a-ways for the families.

6.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. ** This is also a great time to incorporate new Tuition Policies!

7. 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!

Shiketa Morgan

Download a Sample Open House Check List

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Show Your appreciation to your staff..it is vital to your success!

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When employees are treated like family,

they’re far less likely to betray the company for personal gain.

~Chron.com

As I write this blog post, I am feeling so much appreciation for my staff. In fact, our annual Open House is only 2-days away and the teachers have been working really hard on their classrooms.

One week prior to writing this blog post, I held a 15-minute staff meeting and I shared  what my vision was for Open House and that included:

  • Fun Activities for the kids
  • Creative decor on the walls
  • An apple theme
  • Well organized classrooms
  • Welcome new families to our center
  • Open the center to the community

I must say that my staff has done exceedingly abundantly  above all that I could have imagined that they could do.

If you are  following my personal page on facebook, you may have noticed that I have posted pictures of my open house banner and I have been tweeting about leadership and staff, because this week I have learned so much about how to get your staff to exceed your expectations!

Check out the Thank you Memo below that I issued to my teachers:

In summary, I want you to know that its more work to do it all by yourself, however, it takes motivation and positive leadership to get your staff to help you  build a successful childcare business!

To Your Success,

Shiketa

Follow my Child Care Business tweets @ccarebusiness

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