It might seem strange that today I want to talk to you about why you should never give another parent tour. As a child care provider, one of the ways you gain clients is the parent tour. That is what you are trying to get to after you have posted your ad and a parent calls inquiring about your child care. I try to give just enough information to get the parent intrigued enough to make an appointment to come in. Once I can get them here, I know they will love it. So why should you never give a parent tour? Keep reading …
Have you ever heard of a child care book club? Well years ago I started a Book Club for my child care. I thought I would use a books that we where reading at the child care and encourage the parents to read the books to their child at home. Parents love the idea of reading more to their children. I knew a book club would boost interest in our child care program overall. Then I thought “wouldn’t it be great if I could sell those books to the parents and turn it into a mini fund raiser at the same time”?
And so our book club was born.
Well you if you have ever considered having a fund raiser for your child care, but wanted a unique idea, keep reading.
Having a daily schedule or not can be the difference of having a productive day or complete chaos. One fine morning I found myself midway through breakfast everything seem like a normal day. I have plans to get a lot of paperwork done in the morning after my two assistants arrived. My phone dinged and it was my assistant. She was sending a 911 that while brushing her hair that morning she noticed something. I knew immediately! I text back LICE?! Yep!
because we have a daily schedule, while for me the morning was chaotic and a loss, it wasn’t for the kids.
So for the remainder in the morning I had to go into crisis mode. My other assistant and I checked all of the children that were in care that day. Then I needed to send a memo out to the parents. After that I needed to reach out to the company that we use to deal with this. Needless to say after all the calls, inquiries, return phone calls and memos, my morning was gone. However, because we have a daily schedule, while for me the morning was chaotic and a loss, it wasn’t for the kids.
A Daily Schedule is Essential
As child care providers, we have so many things to do. Time management is always in play. Having a daily schedule can help you make the best use of your day.
At any point in the day I know exactly what’s going on at the childcare. Our daily schedule is built in to our program. So whether you have a play based curriculum, such as mine, or you have a more academic routine having to schedule I think one of those essentials.