How do you start your own Daycare?
I want to know the basic requirements to having your own daycare. For example, do you need a degree? How do you recruit people to work there? How do you get the parents to trust your new daycare? How much does it cost to start a daycare? Should I consider getting a degree in Business?
Brenda Aldridge Hughes
The first thing I would suggest is to visit other centers in your area and observe their set up, how full or not they are, amenities offered. Your own experience working within a center is the best you could possibly bring to your own business, as well. Armed with this information, you would need to contact your state family services department to find out what licences are required to own a child care center. In most cases, you will also need a center director or become a licenced director yourself, depending on what your long term goals are.
In my experience, it would be more profitable being the owner and director if you open one center. However, if you plan to open several locations, just being the owner and focusing on the business side is best.
The most important thing for you to do first is to determine this career area actually meets with your personality traits, as it has many diverse requirements.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: