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3 ways to leave a good review for your child care provider

One of the best gifts you can give to your child care provider is a good review. Why? Because small businesses thrive off good reviews and testimonials. Not only will it show you appreciate them, but it will help their business within the local community. According to Forbes, online reviews are the best thing that ever happened to small businesses. Research shows that 91 percent of people regularly or occasionally read online reviews, and 84 percent trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation. That’s a big deal. There are several ways you can leave your child care provider a good review. Here are just a few ways to show your appreciation. 1. Facebook Facebook has recently changed their ratings and reviews to now recommendations. Instead of leaving a star rating you are ...

Daycare interviews are a two-way street, be prepared for both

When preparing for an interview in your in-home daycare, just remember that it is like a two-way street. It goes both ways. You get to do the interviewing too. In this article, we will be discussing things to take in consideration when doing the interviewing and when being interviewed. Remember a two-way street is a situation in which both sides must put forth an equal amount of effort to achieve a desired result. Which in this case is the best care possible for said child. Questions to ask parents Questions parents may ask you Discussions to have with parents Make sure to go over your policies with any potential daycare parents. This will help you in the long run hopefully weed out any families that may not be a good fit within your child care program. I usually have my contract ready for...

I had to add this “fine print” to the bottom of my emails…

Three weeks ago I had a lady email me in regards to an infant opening I had in my daycare. She wanted to schedule a tour but after her daughter was going to be vaccinated in two weeks. I told her we could go ahead and schedule a tour after her daughter was vaccinated and that I would touch base in two weeks. Fast forward three weeks later, I had filled my spot with a different family, a family I had met a week ago. They came for a tour, we figured we were a good fit for each other, and they put down a deposit to secure the spot. I then receive an email from the lady telling me that her daughter had been vaccinated and she was ready to schedule a tour for this Friday. I had to reply back that I’m sorry but I ended up filling the spot with a family that I met with last Monday. If anyth...

5 ‘Free’ Ways to Promote Your Child Care Business

I know it’s not easy to use paid advertisement when starting your own child care business or even when trying to fill a spot or two within your daycare. That’s why I put together this list of free advertisement to use when on a very tight budget. Hopefully, this list will help you get you on your way in strengthening your child care business. 1. Free Website There are many options out there for creating a free website ones such as WordPress.com. However, they can be somewhat limited to suit your needs. But, just enough to get you by on advertising your child care business for free. You can also check out other website platforms such as Weebly.com. But, if you happen to have a small budget I would recommend checking out the two website packages we have to offer here at HelloDayc...

5 ‘Paid’ Ways to Promote Your Child Care Business

I know it’s not easy, but sometimes essential to promote your child care business online with paid advertisement. Some daycares can get away with free advertisement depending on their location and the demands for child care in their area. Others will need to rely on paid advertisement, which isn’t a bad thing. For one it’s a write-off for the business and two it doesn’t have to be too expensive. You must spend money to make money. -Plautus 1. Get a Website I know I’ve said this time and time again. But, I strongly believe having a website is your lifeline when running a child care business. It is the core of your business and can include all there is to know about your child care business for potential clients seeking child care. Getting a website nowadays is ...

Best Way to Advertise Your Child Care Business, Get a Website

When it comes to advertising your child care business you want to get the best return of investment. That’s why I highly suggest getting a website for your child care business and advertising online. If you’re serious about starting your own business, then you should be serious about getting a website. Having a website has been the best ROI for my business by far. Why? Because people searching for child care online can find me, and I’m everywhere, and you should be too. I ask the families interviewing me how they heard about me. Most of the time it’s they found me online. One even said, “I was looking online and your name came up everywhere, Shadow Oaks Daycare, Shadow Oaks Daycare…I even posted on Nextdoor and sure enough, your neighbor recommended Shad...

Use PayPal ‘recurring’ payments & never ask for a daycare payment again

One of the best things I’ve ever done for my daycare is to make it mandatory for my daycare parents to sign up for PayPal Recurring Payments. And get paid automatically on a weekly or monthly basis. But the absolute best part is I never have to ask for a daycare payment again and neither should you. There’s nothing worse than having to ask for daycare payments on a weekly basis only to receive excuse after excuse. I like that comparison that if this was their paycheck they would expect it to be given to them without question. And if they didn’t get paid they would feel frustrated having to ask for payment time and time again. This is when you have to put your foot down when it comes to YOUR daycare policies. Here’s how I did it… Include a parent/provider contr...

How to enforce daycare policies even if you’re an introvert

This particular blog post is especially important to all the daycare providers out there to make sure they have their policies in place and stick to them. Unfortunately, there are people out there that will take advantage of your kindness. Know how to handle them in advance and prepare yourself for what’s to come. Always be one step ahead. It will help you especially in times where you find yourself burned out. Remember you’re not just a daycare provider, you are an entrepreneur, you are a business owner, and you…you matter! I don’t think most people change their basic personality in regards to introversion or extroversion. You can, however, learn or adapt to different skills that will help you in life… without changing who you fundamentally are. -Chris Guillebeau An intr...

What is Daycare? Everything you Need to Know About Family Child Care Homes

Daycare or family child care home is a child care facility run out of one’s own home. Child care, or otherwise known as daycare, is the care and supervision of a child or multiple children at a time, whose age ranges from 6 weeks to thirteen years. Almost one-quarter (23.4 percent) of children under the age of five are in some form of organized child care arrangement, which includes day care centers, nurseries, and preschools. Choosing a Daycare When choosing a daycare here are some leading reasons behind the choice of child care preference. Parents in Canada cited various reasons for their decision to use a particular type of child care. The majority, one-third (33%) of parents indicated that the location of the child care service was the leading reason behind their decision. This w...

Aquarium Awesomeness: How to make a fish tank aquarium craft using a plate

Watch these two kids make two crafts. First, an aquarium made out of a royal blue paper plate. And second, a cute little fish tank card. All aquarium awesomeness! Credit: YouTube

How To Make Moon Sand | A DIY moon sand recipe using 3 ingredients

Credit: YouTube Need to make moon sand for your toddler? Here is a moon sand recipe that you'll be able to craft in no time at all. This moon sand recipe is made using 3 cups corn starch, 1.5 cups water, and 6 heaping cups (or 8 regular cups) of clean fine sand.

How I found a ‘daycare near me’ and a helpful list for your child care search!

A popular search amongst the search engines are parents or guardians looking for a “daycare near me”. I know from experience this is one of the toughest things to do is to find a reputable daycare within a decent proximity of where you live. I’ve created a list of websites and search tips for finding a daycare near you. Hopefully this list will help you with your search. Please feel free to share with expecting parents or parents to be. And remember start your search as early as possible, spots do fill up fast. I found a daycare near me by word of mouth, I wish I had the online tools to put together a list of daycares in my area. Thankfully, I found a Grandmother who only took teachers kids along with her Grandkids. And because my mother was a preschool teacher, available...

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