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Why a ‘Large Daycare’ Never Worked for Me *Sigh*

Did you know that opening a large daycare is virtually impossible? Well at least for me. I’ve tried THREE times without success. So to all of you daycare providers out there that were able to make this work for you, I praise you! Child Care Demand There is a demand for child care in my area, Thousand Oaks, California. But, most of my phone calls are for children under the age of two, infants. And even with a large daycare, my max number of infants is four. I always thought licensing should lower the age to under the age of eighteen months. This would open up more infant spots quicker and cut back on the year-long waiting list. As for children over the age of two, well it’s pretty much the sound of crickets over here. Maybe because there are a lot more child care options for chi...

3 ways to separate your child care brand from the competition

Well, the simple truth of the matter is you need to out-advertise them. This is how you will separate your child care brand from the competition. Like I’ve mentioned before in my two articles free and paid ways to advertise your child care business. These are all things you should be doing to outrank your competitors. You need to set your brand apart from other child care providers in your area. You can do this by coming up with a catchy business name a brand name and working on your local search engine optimization. That’s where I come in to help. 3 WAYS TO SEPARATE YOUR CHILD CARE BRAND FROM THE COMPETITION Get a website This would be the number one way to outrank your competition is to get a website. Nowadays people (you’re potential clients) expect that a business, ev...

How Blogging Can Help Advertise Your Child Care Business

Have you ever thought about blogging? Blogging is actually a great way to advertise your child care business. Not only that, people link to blogs and what does that do in return? That improves your Google Search rankings for your website. It really doesn’t have to be all that complicated. You can start with something short and aim for about 300 words per blog post. And it really can be about anything. You can write about family, friends, or daycare crafts and activities. I’ve even gone as far as writing about things that happen in the daycare, like the time I was told I was not a good fit. Not one of my proudest moments but at least it gives you a general idea of topics that you can write about. So, let’s talk about a better moment. Like when I wrote my first article, the...

What to look for when purchasing your child care website theme

There are many factors to look at before purchasing your child care website theme. This article will help you with just that. It’s not as simple as just picking out a random theme and hoping it will all come together as you like. It takes a lot of thought to create your brand, your look, and have your child care website work for your users. Here are some key design elements to look for when picking out your website theme or template. Your Child Care Logo Imagine how your child care logo or child care business name will look on the theme you’re thinking about purchasing. Remember your logo is your brand. It is very important to make sure your brand is well recognized in your community as a child care provider. We can always change colors of the theme to incorporate the look of y...

8 of the Best Daycare Website Designs for your Child Care Business

If you’re looking to get a daycare website then you’re in luck. I’ve put together a list of eight daycare website designs that you’re going to love. All of these are available to purchase for your very own daycare website. Of course, be sure to check out HelloDaycare’s shop page for our services in starting your very own website. We offer an SEO package with a website or just your standard website package. We’re here to help you through the whole process. Make sure to check out our blog post, what to look for when purchasing your child care website theme. It will help you when making your decision for the best daycare website design. Some things are more important other than website colors and pictures. As all of that can be changed. We can work with you...

31 ‘Positive’ Blog Posts About Daycare, Enough Said!

Because I’m sick and tired of seeing all the negativity talked about on the news or on other blogs about daycares. Because of that I’m not even going to link to anything negative on this blog post. So here are 31 positive daycare blog posts from 31 different blogs that need to get more attention on the world wide web. Do us a favor as bloggers, comment one positive thing about daycare on this blog post or any of the blog posts mentioned below. Or a social media share would be even better. And if you know of a positive blog post that wasn’t mentioned in this article please feel free to let me know. And we’ll add it! 31 POSITIVE BLOG POSTS ABOUT DAYCARE FROM 31 DIFFERENT BLOGGERS Why It’s OK For New Moms To Leave Kids In Daycare -Elite Daily No guilt, mama: Day ...

Yes, We Have a National Child Care Provider Day, Let’s Celebrate It!

Did you know we have a National Child Care Provider Day? Also, known as Provider Appreciation Day. This day was started by a group of volunteers in New Jersey back in 1996. This group wanted a day to recognize the tireless efforts of child care providers who care for children of working parents. It is celebrated annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day. This year it will be celebrated on Friday, May 10th, 2019. I did not know about Provider Appreciation Day until one day I decided to look it up and voilà! Who would have thought? All though poorly unrecognized at least in my area. But, I think it’s highly important that we as child care providers make this day known and celebrate it. The most beautiful satisfaction in the world is when someone appreciates your work. -author un...

Why Having a Daycare Facebook Page Isn’t Enough

If you’re looking to promote your daycare business online you shouldn’t stop at just creating a Facebook page. Facebook pages do great for social media advertising and getting people to like your daycare page and follow you. Mostly a word-of-mouth technique all online. But, it doesn’t target those that are actually looking for daycare. Most people don’t go to Facebook to look for a daycare unless they are asking for recommendations within a Facebook group, like a mom’s group. They go to Google. WHY HAVING A DAYCARE FACEBOOK PAGE ISN’T ENOUGH 1. It’s not on Google. People go to Google when doing online searches to look for daycare, not Facebook. While you can get your Facebook daycare page to rank on Google, it’s not the most desired content t...

3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Daycare Website

As a daycare provider, you should be advertising your business online just like any small business. This means having a website, not just a Facebook page. Having a website has many advantages for you and your potential customers as we will be discussing. I get asked all the time, how do you get your phone ringing? Well, this is how. Having a website is the main reason I get my phone ringing to fill any spots I may have available in my daycare program. That and search engine optimization to get you on page 1 of Google, Yahoo!, and Bing for your targeted keywords. 3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A DAYCARE WEBSITE 1. More visibility. One of the main reasons of having a daycare website is to create more online visibility. The more visible you are online, the more visible you are to potential cus...

How to Start a Daycare at Home, a Simple Step-by-Step Guide

Note: This post is not to take place of your state’s licensing requirements. Make sure to follow the guidelines and laws within your state when it comes to operating a daycare out of your home. This article is for informational purposes only. I’m guessing you’re here because you want to learn how to start a daycare business out of your home. Well first off, you’ll need to check with your state to see if there are any licensing requirements. What most people don’t realize is that if you are caring for more than one child from two or more families then you are required to be licensed. At least, that’s the requirement here in California. This rule may not apply to all states. Here’s the thing, each state will have its own requirements that you will be requi...

3 Discipline Tactics That Should Not Be Used in Childcare

For parents, teachers, and childcare providers alike, we always have to be careful with how we discipline children. There are so many variables to consider, and while it’s true that parenting is different than teaching, and teaching is different than running a daycare, there are still some truths about disciplining children that are pretty much universal. In fact, there are three that stick out to me right off the bat that are total discipline no-no’s when caring for children. Fake Threats If we are honest, most of us have used this tactic before. Whether it was years ago when we were babysitting for our neighbors, more recently in our childcare business, or even with our own children, we’ve pretty much all done it. Most of us also know that our kids are smarter than that...

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 ...

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