In Home Daycare Business Series - You’re The Boss Of The Parents Too
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This is the second in a 4 part series from Debbie Yost about In Home Daycare as a home business.
By Debbie Yost
Last time I explained that running a home day care business has many state, city and county requirements. When you decide to open a home daycare, you will receive a list of items that need to be done in order to operate your business legally. Although this list can be time consuming and tiresome at times, it is a simple matter of following directions and checking off items.
Before you open your doors, you need to prepare a handbook of your policies so both you and the parents of the children you watch will have a mutual understanding. Many parents have the impression that you are their employee. They believe they have hired you to watch their child and therefore they are in charge. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This is your business and the parents are your clients. Although it is imperative that you work together for the good of the child, you have to keep in mind there are several families and children involved and policies must be made and enforced. My handbook addresses all areas of my daycare and policies. This handbook has been revised on several occasions to deal with unforeseen issues that have arisen with parents.
Once you have developed your policies you must enforce them. Nothing breaks down the provider/client relationship faster than letting the parents break the rules. In this business, you are inviting individuals into your home and it is important to have a friendly relationship with your parents.
However, if you start viewing your parents as friends instead of clients, you may begin to give them allowances that you would grant a friend. Very quickly these “friends” will start taking advantage of your generosity and you begin to lose control. Trying to go back to enforcing your policies is difficult and can cause conflict in your provider client relationship. In addition, it is not fair to the other parents who have diligently followed your policies.
All 4 posts in this series
Read Part 1: It’s Not Just Babysitting - Intro To Running An In Home Daycare Business
Read Part 2: In Home Daycare Business Series - You’re The Boss Of The Parents Too
Read Part 3: In Home Daycare Business Series - Appearances Do Matter
Read Part 4: In Home Daycare Business Series - Find Your Own Niche
Debbie Yost is a work at home mom who has run a small in-home day care, The Tot Stop, for the last five years. She and her husband have three daughters ages 11, 5 and 3. Debbie’s youngest daughter has Down syndrome.
Because of her daughter, Debbie has become an advocate for people with Down syndrome to ensure they have the same opportunities to live a full and rewarding life as others.
Debbie writes from home whenever she finds time between bottles, diapers, naps and other parental duties. Her personal blog is Three Weddings.
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