A contract gives clients a blueprint of how your business operates, and lets them know what you expect from them in return for your services. A written agreement also protects your interests in case a parent decides to sue you. However, business models evolve, policies change, and situations arise that you didn’t think to cover when you originally drafted your agreement; so just like shoes, handbags, and clothes, contracts get outdated, and sometimes need to be revamped. Continue reading →
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Not being confident in yourself can show in everything from the way you interact with children and coworkers to the way you manage your classroom and even your ability to boost enrollment. If you are a childcare professional who struggles with self-esteem issues, use these tips to build your confidence, and become a better early childhood professional. Continue reading →
Fever, headache, body aches, chills, coughing, sneezing, stuffy nose, and fatigue – yep, flu season is in full swing, and there are plenty of germs to go around. Unfortunately, when you work in a childcare setting, kids share more than their giggles and hugs with you, they also share their germs. If you haven’t already caught the flu bug, use these tips to avoid the misery this illness can bring. Continue reading →
Whether kids are vegetarian, or have special nutritional needs due to allergies or intolerance to certain foods, special diets in childcare are not uncommon. When children have special dietary needs, you can do one of two things to accommodate their eating habits: You can go out of your way to provide them with specialty food items, or you can ask the parents to bring in what their children need every day. Continue reading →
When children are young, their environment plays a major role in how they develop. Since toddlers spend most of their waking hours in the childcare setting, it’s important to provide an environment that supports their development. Keep in mind that safety should be the most important thing when you’re arranging your classroom for optimum toddler development. Continue reading →
When your childcare program exudes professionalism, parents are more comfortable leaving their kids in your care, employees treat your business with respect, and you feel great knowing you’re doing everything possible to secure the future of your business. If your childcare program lacks professionalism, use these tips to whip it into shape. Continue reading →
Transporting kids to and from childcare facilities is part of an everyday routine for some providers. When parents trust you with this responsibility, they expect you to take every precaution necessary to get their tykes where they need to go safely. Here are some basic rules to follow when you’re transporting kids to and from your childcare facility. Continue reading →
If you are looking for a way to boost your professionalism, improve your skills, and open doors for promotions and raises in the workplace, consider getting a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). The CDA is a nationally recognized credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. Continue reading →
When you run any type of business, you are bound to make a few mistakes. The important thing to do when you make errors is to learn from them so you won’t repeat them. Although some errors are inevitable in business, here are five common Childcare industry mistakes you can easily avoid: Continue reading →
If a potential client drops by to check out your childcare program, and she sees trash scattered all over the lawn, and shingles falling off the roof, she’s not going to give your business the time of day. Even if the inside of your center is the picture of perfection, the parent will never know because she’s already concluded that your childcare facility isn’t up to par.
Why do you think real estate agents go out of their way to hire repairmen, lawn services, and landscapers to add curb appeal to the homes they’re trying to sell? Because these agents know that the outside of a house is the first thing buyers will see. If the exterior of a property is visually appealing, it will improve their chance of making a sale.
Keep in mind, when people don’t know you personally, they will judge your competence by what they observe. Does a messy lawn, and a few missing shingles mean you’re an awful childcare provider? Of course not. However, if parents are turned off by the outside of your business, they’re going to assume the worst and move on.
So how can curb appeal boost your business? Continue reading →