02/12/2019 11:43 PM IST
Do you believe that children need to have better day-care facilities; do you believe young children are highly impressionable and need the utmost care?
Do you want to start a state of the art day-care facility? Want a day-care that is the most sort after. Your search for a guide ends here.
We decided to put down the most critical points that will help you run a successful day-care.
Introduction We live in the 21st century with people living in nuclear families and both parents working. Gone are the days when grandparents or uncles and aunties took care of your children while you were away.
Children are left at home with nannies that are stuck to their phones at all times. Hence it is all the more important to send your child to a good day-care centre instead where they will learn, as Brain research proves that 0-6 years is the span when children make the most number of synaptic connections. Therefore, parents now prefer sending their children to a day-care, so that they are in a safe environment learning while they enjoy playtime too.
Passion for Making a Difference: The most important aspect to start a day - care should be your desire to make a difference in a child's life. Every business opportunity you pick will give you the desired return, however picking one where your passion lies is important.
When opting to open a day-care centre it is very important to provide the right learning environment for children as they are very impressionable at that age. We need to make sure they take home positive experiences and the not so good ones are sorted early.
Standalone VS Organised Brand: In the earlier days only parents who had no option but to send their children to a day-care would enroll. Most of these day-cares were run by individuals where their only job was to make sure the child is taken care of while the parent is away.
"Today however a lot of parents live in nuclear families and choose to send their children to a well-known brand. The very reason for doing so is because parents are now more aware that children form a lot more associations at a very young age. So a day-care with a curriculum is way better than a locally run one."
Safe Location: When you decide to start a day-care center business, the area you select is of utmost importance to make your day-care facility a run successfully. Parents prefer to send young children around the residence or workplace.
Hence the location needs to strategically selected. A day-care essentially works best if it's in a safe residential area. If that is taken care of half your battle is won. Your catchment is about 2-3 km from the school.
All Round Safety: Dealing with young minds is tricky and it comes with great responsibility. They are inquisitive and want to experience everything. While it is important to provide children with infrastructure that enhances their learning.
Providing physical and mental safety comes on top of the list. We need to monitor teachers; they need to go through regular training on how to deal with young children, there should be a good counsellor visiting the school on a regular basis.
While designing the infrastructure of the day-care a specialist needs to be hired who would make sure there are no sharp edges, no electric sockets at reachable height and more.
Positive Word of Mouth: A day-care that is recommended by local residents and is well known amongst the community will do really well; parents generally tend to trust word of mouth and look at recommendations from locals too. I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to make strong brand ambassadors for your school.
Parents make rounds to various day-cares before deciding the one they finally pick. They also speak to a lot of people before they make the final decision. A strong local connection with the community and eminent trustworthy people talking and recommending your school will play a very crucial role in the number of children coming to your center.
Personal Involvement: As the owner of the day-care facility you need to be involved in everyday affairs. Like the personal touch, you bring in cannot be replaced and will go a long way. Parents tend to identify and develop trust when they see the owner of the school involved, the other advantage of being involved is that your peers will work exactly according to the way you want them to.
There will be no scope of lapse. Parents feel their children are safe when they see constant faces of the owners around at all times
The infrastructure of the Day-care Centre: Today in metros and tier 2 cities there is space constraint. Hence a day-care should lay emphasis on giving good outdoor facilities as it helps in exposing children to physical activity right from the beginning. However, keep in mind that children need to be exposed to outdoor and indoor activities equally.
Science Embedded Curriculum: A day-care school plays a crucial role in a child's life. It is said that children make the maximum number of synaptic connections from the age of 0-6 years. Hence a good day-care is a stepping stone to the future learning grounds and experiences the child will have and go through in his growing up years. A curriculum that is designed around the learner is crucial too. The only thing to keep in mind is that learning needs to be a lot of fun.
While running a day-care facility brings in a lot of responsibility as you are dealing with young minds and their future depends on the experiences the facility will provide. A few other things to keep in mind are choosing between a mass or a premium brand, making sure a little amount of technology has been infused into the system.
Running a day-care is a lot of hands-on work and there cannot be a perfect guide on what should be done. We learn when we dirty our hands on the ground. The points shared above are some of the essential points to keep in mind and help you take your day-care facility to greater heights.