The growing number of professional women has fueled the need for more day care facilities. If you meet local zoning requirements, and obtain the necessary licenses, you can operate a day care center at home. Professional and affluent parents today however have high expectations from their child’s care givers so it’s best if you have a large area and extra room for activities and exercise. Parents will be interested to know a little about the other children who go there, what kind of meals you serve and the security measures you have in place.
While it’s best to go the formal route in running this business – meaning you obtain a formal license from your local authorities, it’s also possible to provide this service in an informal manner, where you are sort of a day-time baby sitter. Instead of you going to your clients’ homes to babysit, they drop off their kids are your place when they go off to work and pick them up after work. Regardless of whether you choose to run this on a formal or informal manner, you need to be very clear about your rates and policies (especially regarding hours, holidays, medical attention, payment etc).
If you take on just a handful of kids, you might not need help, but if you choose to hire someone to help out, you MUST be careful with the people you hire. Because reputations and referrals are key to generating business, you MUST ensure that you and your employees are free of any criminal past.