Puppets can mean many things to preschool children. Puppet play can lead to increased self expression and creativity. It can instill a love of dramatics, encourage speech from otherwise reluctant orators and greatly improve communication between teachers and children. Home made puppets are best especially when children can assist in their creation. Generally, puppets fall into … [Read more...] about Managing Day Care Activities: Making Puppets
When starting a daycare business, the safety and well being of the kids at our daycare is our primary responsibility as providers. We are not however merely babysitters, nor referees at some chaotic miniature wrestling event (though often times it feels that way) but facilitators, entrusted with the important task of nurturing and developing the whole child. Encouraging … [Read more...] about Running a Daycare Business: Importance of Encouraging Creativity
A well thought out daycare curriculum is essential when structuring after school activities for children of all age ranges. It is impossible to ignore the growing popularity of these after school programs which cater for more than 10 million kids in the US and receive millions in funding. The safety of children whilst parents are at work is a given but the importance of … [Read more...] about Daycare Curriculum Ideas For Afterschool Services
So, you're biting the bullet, quitting the 9 - 5 and starting your day care however, you're only now realizing what you've let yourself in for. You sigh as you survey the growing to do list and decisions to be made e.g. are daycare franchises for you, should you have a Montessori day care as opposed to other curriculum and numerous other weighty questions. Turnkey, tried and … [Read more...] about Starting a Daycare Franchise: Should I Opt for a Montessori Daycare?
Daycare regulations like it or not, are necessary. Many view them as an inconvenience, designed to make our lives more difficult and a constant reminder of the increasing red tape in our day care businesses. Although our world in general appears to becoming more bureaucracy happy much of this legislation exists for a reason. More importantly, much of it is there to help protect … [Read more...] about How Daycare Regulations Help Your Home-Based Business
Day care providers should grab every available opportunity to involve parents and welcome their input. The rewards of this parental participation is mutually beneficial and makes for a positive experience for the children and all concerned. You can share insights that you have gleaned from observing the child at day care and in return parents can provide a wealth of valuable … [Read more...] about Running a Day Care Home Business: Involving Parents
I drop in on a child care providers discussion forum from time to time and make comments/suggestions if I feel I can be of help (or just want to join in on a rant!!). Recently, I read a post about a child who was deliberately damaging day care property, everything from toys, to day care furniture and including personal items belonging to the provider. The parents laugh it off, … [Read more...] about Running a Daycare Business: Dealing with Some Children’s Challenging Behaviors
From the continuing conflict in the Middle East to the missile threat posed by North Korea to the U.S. government shutdown, we're blue in the face hearing about our tough times ahead. Given all these economic and political uncertainties, is it the right time to start a daycare business? Should you start a daycare business now, or wait when the economy is good and everything is … [Read more...] about Should You Start a Daycare Business When Times are Tough?
If you are searching for a cushy career then swerve steadily away from the child care business because this is one career that involves a lot of work and responsibilities as well as the ability to nurture various relationships and roles. A safe and effective day care environment depends upon the intricate role of the day care worker and all the complex relationships inherent in … [Read more...] about The Challenges of a Child Care Business
I'm a huge advocate of having a website and blog to support your day care business. My website was born at the same time as my day care and I have benefited from a lot of business that otherwise might not have found me. They might have overlooked my service in favor of a bigger, better, faster, shinier, more centrally located day care. People were impressed with my … [Read more...] about How a Website Can Benefit Your Day Care Home Business