Do you intend to start up your own creche and daycare services? You are on the right page. In this article we will be sharing with you important guides on how you can start your own daycare services.
Are you aware that African metropolitan regions have been experiencing a dramatic decline in the number of full-time housewives for sometime?
Unlike ever before, many women in Nigeria now work in organisations while others operate their own small businesses.
As a consequence, businesses like crèche and daycare centers has been having ever-increasing patronage from mothers especially.
This applies best to families in the middle-class as they can afford to pay for the services of daycare providers.
What is Day Care Centre?
In case you don’t know what a day care really means, a creche or daycare centre is a place where kids are been taken care of by adults who are not parents of the children.
Some daycare centres operate only within specific hours of the day, while others allow the extended stay.
Guidelines On How To Start Daycare Centre In Nigeria
The difference between babysitting and daycare centre is that, in the case of the former, care is been given to children in their own parent home but in the case of daycare, the children are taken out from their parent place to a different location.
The common age range for daycare and creche is from ages one to five.
Know The Requirements Of The Law
The very first step you need to take is to find out what the law of your country/state says about starting a daycare business.
Obtaining a license as a caregiver may be one of those regulations. It is quite important to know and obey these laws in order to curb child abuse in society.
Also,the law may clearly state some requirements for staff, the maximum number of children that can be admitted in the creche is depending on the space available, and filing of official documents.
However, these strict laws may lead to the high cost of operating a creche and daycare business.
Acquire A Good Space
Acquiring a good location is a very important factor in this business as it may either lead to the success or failure of the business.
The location you are looking out for must be clean, safe, accessible, and be in a residential area.
If you intend to start small, you can make use of your home if it has enough space. On the other hand, if you intend to start out in a big way, you can rent a facility situated around urban shopping malls, modern offices and industrial areas.
Whatever way you intend to start, the most important thing is: try as much as possible to avoid anything that can pose danger to the wellbeing of the children.
Employ Competent Staff
Asides location, another major factor that is capable of ruining a business is staff incompetence.
It will do your business a lot of good if you employ competent hands and loyal hearts.
Some of the important qualities a child care giver should possess are:
A. Natural love for children( not pretense)
B. Sensitivity to children needs.
C. Patience and Perseverance
D. Hard work
NB: As a new face in this business, your reputation is important as it can win new parents over to you easily. So in addition to your good words and works, make sure you treat your staff well because a bittered staff is capable of ruining a company’s reputation in a matter of days.
Create Valuable Curriculum and Exciting Routine
We are all aware that making money is not child’s play so every parent wants extra value even for the litte they pay. So ensure that you create activities that can enhance the development process of the children.
Introduce the kids to educational activities that will help the children properly even before they are enrolled in a formal school.
To achieve this, come up with an interesting routine that will always arouse the kids curiosity.
Instruct your staff to teach the kids simple rhymes, songs, letters of the alphabet, and numbers.
Also, engage them with puzzles and games that will help them learn colors and shapes
In conclusion, it is very important to pay good attention to the children and take note of the following:
1. Show them genuine affection, teach them to be orderly and to be well behaved and try your best in ensuring that the caregivers contribute positively to the emotional development of the children.
2. Hygiene is an essential factor, ensure everywhere is clean and well arranged at all times( you may need help in this area, so employ cleaning staff).
3. If you intend to include food in your daycare service, then ensure that the food to be served is healthy( a balanced diet contained food is highly advised) and pay attention to the kids allergies so there won’t be cause for alarm in the child’s wellbeing.
4. When any child contracts a contagious disease, politely ask the parent to keep such child at home until he or she is perfectly treated in order to avoid speeading the disease to others.