Consider These Things Before You Start a Group Child Care Business
Opening and operating a group child care business requires careful consideration and planning. Before you make your final decision, think about the following.
Do you fit the part?
Successful child care providers use the following words to describe themselves. Can you see yourself “fitting the part?”
- Energetic - Providers typically work 10 hours a day with few breaks. Do you have the physical and emotional strength to keep up with children?
- Organized - Child care providers inherently become experts at multi-tasking as they juggle the responsibilities of talking with parents, nurturing children, preparing nutritious meals, keeping play areas clean and organized and more.
- Committed - Families depend on child care providers so they can work. Children depend on providers to care and nurture them. Do you have the ability and desire to be reliable to children and families?
- Able to communicate - The number one reason families leave a provider stems from misunderstandings and a lack of communication. Providers must be willing to reach out to families to build strong relationships.
Will it impact your family?
There may be a signifigant impact on your family if you choose to operate a group child care business in your home. You may want to discuss the following items with your family.
- Will your children adapt to sharing their parent, toys, and home with other children?
- Will the morning drop-off rush interfere with your family’s morning schedule?
- Can the family pet be integrated into the child care program?
What are the professional benefits?
Operating a licensed group child care can be personally and financially rewarding. As a licensed provider, you will
- Enjoy being your own boss
- Play a key role in your community by offering a needed service
- Support families and impact the lives of children
- Offer families peace of mind by having a regulated and inspected facility
- Qualify for tax deductions
- Allow parents a higher Child Care Assistance reimbursement