Starting A Daycare (Page 5)
Some states require that you have a registered nurse on the premises, but
generally, the main things needed are medical information from the parents and a written
procedure to follow in case of accident or illness. Basically, when a child is injured
or be comes ill, you should take him to the nearest medical center, while another staff
person gets in touch with the parents, and explains what happened. If the parent cannot
be present at the medical center, all information should be passed on to him/her
immediately it is available.
||It's a good idea to have all your helpers indoctrinated with basic Red Cross first
aid knowledge, and have a well-equipped first aid kit on the premises. As for any
requirements relative to a full-time nurse, you should be able to hire registered nurses
who are either not working or looking for extra income. You might be able to "hire the
license" of a registered nurse. You pay a small fee to hang her license in your office, and
she agrees to be available to serve your needs when you call.
Most day care centers are currently charging from $35 to $65 per child for a five
day week, plus $5 to $10 more for the inclusion of breakfast, with another $l per meal
when they serve an evening meal to the child. If you do not receive pay in advance, you
can very quickly get "in the red." We strong suggest setting up your financial structure
and clients' payment schedules with this in mind.
By having your customers pay in advance, you'll eliminate a lot of bookkeeping
chores and time, the problems of collections, and you'll have operating funds with which
to run the business. A point to stress when asking for payment by the month, in advance,
is that because monthly payments are based on only four weeks of day care, they'll be
getting a week of free service every three months.
Every profitable day care center requires a sharp manager or director. This
person might be yourself, or someone you hire for the job. Regardless, this person will
be the key to your success. The director should have an empathy with people, be an
excellent judge of people, be sales oriented, and have an outgoing personality. As much
as anything else, this person must have the ability to listen to, and really hear what other
people are saying without the influence of preconceived opinions, or making snap decisions. This person
has to have the success of your business in mind at all times, which means building and
maintaining an impeccable reputation.
Your director will be responsible for the hiring and supervision of your other help
and the budgeting, scheduling and overall day-to-day operation of the business. It is
imperative to the success of your business that you have the very best person you can get
in this position, regardless of the cost. A good director for a day care center will
command a salary equal to teachers in your public schools, plus fringe benefit allowances
such as free enrollment for their children and perhaps medical and dental insurance if you
choose to provide group coverage.
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