I don’t know about you guys, but I am always looking for ideas on how to transform my daycare business.
I have a feeling I’m not alone. Is it too much to ask to just want to enjoy our daycare more, have a full enrollment, and earn good money? I don’t think so. And believe it or not, summer is a great season to revive your daycare and make it run smoother.
But here’s the challenge: more often than not, we feel stuck and don’t know what to do or where to start. You’ve been there, haven’t you? Or maybe you are there right now.
Whatever the situation looks like, let me share three simple things that you can do to transform your daycare business this summer.
Update your contract and policies.
Why not take some time this summer to write a brand new contract or revise an existing contract and policies?
Grab your favorite highlighter, mark areas in your contract that need editing, and start making necessary adjustments and corrections. You know all those things you’ve wanted to change for a long time? You should go change them!
Oh, and don’t forget to give yourself a deadline. Yes, you need a deadline or you will continue to put things off. Trust me I know, because I have done it many times. Make it your goal to have your new or updated contract done by the end of August.
And remember, you don’t have to wait till January for daycare parents to sign a new or an updated contract. September could be your fresh start.
De-clutter and organize
I hate clutter. I don’t do well when there are way-too-many things EVERYWHERE! What do you see when you look at your daycare? Are there piles and piles of paper, mail and ‘whatever else’ on your desk?
How about your kitchen? Do you have way-too-many gadgets that you don’t even use? And let’s not forget about the toy room! Do you have enough space to store all the toys, books and puzzles? Or is it time to downsize?
I can’t tell you what your specific daycare should look like, but I can assure you that when everything has its place and there is structure and order – there is less chaos! And chaos is the enemy of a happy daycare.
So, if you want to start downsizing, I recommend focusing on one room or space at a time.
For example: go through your daycare toys and decided which ones you want to keep, and which ones you want to give away, donate or sell. After that, if you still have a lot of toys left, put some away in plastic boxes. You can always bring them out in the Fall or Winter.
I know, it sounds a bit crazy. But there is a method to this madness. Your kids won’t get bored anymore playing with the same toys. And the best part – less toys will make clean-up time so much easier. Hallelujah!
I’m all about the concept of LESS IS MORE! Are you?
Decorate and paint
I was talking to my friend ,Sarah a few days go, and she told me that she was re-doing her daycare this summer. Sarah showed me a bunch of pictures of her daycare space and asked for advice. And so I gave her some ideas with paint colors, decorations and other things that would make her daycare look better.
Summer is a perfect time and a great opportunity to invest in your daycare business by making it look new and fresh. People can accomplish so much more on a long, summer day than on those colder, shorter and darker winter days.
It may seem superficial, but parents do pay attention to your daycare area. By having a nice looking daycare, you will attract more clients.
So go ahead and change things around. Be creative, have fun and enjoy your new space.
These are the three simple steps that you can take to transform your daycare business this summer. Don’t get overwhelmed and try to do them all at once.
Just pick something, even one thing… and go for it.
I promise, you will LOVE the results!