Most businesses are being asked to develop a protocol or plan for health and safety measures for dealing with the Coronavirus crisis in their businesses. Many cities are requiring this to be in place before a business is allowed to re-open. So today I want to share with you how you can easily develop the best COVID Plan for Your Daycare Business.
In this post, I talked about how to start to generate interest in your childcare business post-pandemic. But I think I may have skipped a step, especially since we are not in a post phase yet.
So while we are learning to live and work while the virus is still among us, just like other businesses we will need to develop a Coronavirus plan for how we will do our part to contain the spread in our childcare environments.
The Best COVID Plan for Your Daycare
During this recent webinar called The State of Child Care, I discussed how just like other businesses, childcare owners need to have a pandemic plan for their businesses as well. We need to develop a plan for running our childcare businesses during this crisis.
It will be important to have this plan in place for your staff, your clients as well as your own peace of mind.
Today, I want to share with you a tool or two that will help you create the best COVID Plan for Your Daycare. Best of all, it will only take you minutes to do.
Then we will talk about how to use your plan and when to update it as well.
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Develop your COVID Plan in a Snap!
A provider shared this Build-A-Plan tool. This tool walks you step-by-step through building the best COVID plan for your daycare.
After you have completed the steps, you will have a complete, customized documented plan for your business.
It should be stated that this Build-A-Plan tool was created for the state of Michigan. The plan it creates, however, can be easily adapted for just about any state or city as it uses guidelines set by the CDC. Just be sure to follow up with your local ordinances to ensure your plan addresses what your city or state requires as well.
How to Use Your Plan
Now that you have a COVID Plan for Your Daycare, how should you use it? Let’s look at how to use your plan in Daily Operations, with clients and staff.
Of course, you will want to adopt your COVID Plan into the daily operations of your daycare. You might want to add it to your website, handbook, and post it in your facility as well.
Current & New Clients
Inform and enforce the specifics of your particular COVID Plan with your current clients. Consider sending out the plan in an email, flyer, and/or posting a notice for parents.
You will also want to mention and advise any potential and new clients of what their responsibilities are as it relates to the plan.
In fact, your COVID plan can be an effective marketing tool clearly demonstrating your commitment to stopping the spread and your specific plan of action.
You will want to provide a copy of the COVID Plan for Your Daycare to any staff you have. Consider going over specific protocols of the plan in detail with your assistants/teachers. Again, posting the plan in the childcare for reference is a very good idea.
When to Update The Plan
Finally, the best way to make sure you maintain the best COVID Plan for Your Daycare is to update it FREQUENTLY!
As you are probably aware, things in the COVID world change daily, if not sooner. The best thing you can do is to regularly check the current guidelines by the CDC and WHO. And if needed, update your COVID Plan accordingly.