Responsible for a Preschool Center’s Budget? 12 Top-Notch Ways to Spend Your Money

Running a preschool center is about more than simply providing care and education to toddlers. To run a successful business, you must balance a budget to ensure your long-term success.

Knowing where and how to invest your spending is crucial. You should operate your preschool center on a set budget that includes recurring costs and unforeseen costs like building maintenance.

The Anatomy of a Great Childcare Center

Every childcare center is unique and uses various market differentiators to talk about itself and set itself apart from other childcare providers in the area. But, there are some guiding principles that universally make for a great childcare center.

Take a moment and think through what parents are looking for when they do a site visit to see if your childcare center is right for them. These are the items that make up the anatomy of a great childcare center. To help you plan and market yourself, let’s take a look at what you need to be a great childcare center.

The Next Big Thing in Childcare Centers

Part-time students are no surprise to you. Parents have been seeking part-time care for years, but as the internet grows and connects people more and more, it makes it easier to find flexible care beyond what childcare centers are currently offering.

We know what you’re thinking: more flexibility sounds like an accounting and scheduling nightmare. How can you compete with the semi-retired caregivers and stay-at-home moms marketing themselves on websites like care.com?

A Director’s Role is Critical to Childcare Center

As the director of a childcare center, you play an important role. In fact, you play many important roles and ultimately are the glue that keeps the whole operation together.

It can be exhausting work, but with the right tools and the right team, you can see the important impact your work has on your staff and the families you serve.

School Calendar Software to Bring Your School Into the 21st Century

Imagine this. You hand your school’s calendar of events to your students and tell them to be sure mom or dad gets it. It goes in a backpack full of other trinkets and school supplies. Months later mom or dad cleans out the backpack and finds the calendar and realizes why they didn’t know about your great events until it was too late.

Tips to Start the School Year on the Right Foot

It’s just about time to return to more structured learning and curriculum in your childcare as we gear up for a new school year. Here are some tips to start the school year strong.

Get to know parents
While your focus as the school year begins is probably on your students and what you’ll be teaching them, be sure to give parents some added attention as well.

Supporting the Reggio Emilia Approach in your Childcare Center

The Reggio Emilia Approach is a way of self-directed experiential learning. Teachers are there to provide some structure by facilitating activities in the classroom, but don’t provide strict outcomes or steps for the activity.

This method encourages children to explore, ask questions and learn through their senses instead of being told what they should be learning from the activity.

Safety tips for protecting kids from the summer heat

We’re officially in the dog days of summer and in many parts of the country, the days are quite warm and the sun is at it’s highest intensity. As a childcare center, your main goal is to keep children safe all day long, which means finding practical ways to beat the heat.

Keeping children inside all day long is no fun for them or for your teachers so it’s important to come up with creative ways to still keep your kids active while avoiding heat exhaustion and sunburn. Here are some practical ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer safely.

Best Practices for Accurate Attendance Tracking at your Childcare Center

Attendance tracking may be the most important aspect of your childcare center. Don’t believe us? Read our recent blog post: Why attendance tracking could be the most important thing you do all day. With that in mind, how you track attendance is essential to your childcare center’s success.

Why attendance tracking could be the most important thing you do all day

Attendance tracking at your childcare center is required by law. You may find it one of the most exhausting parts of your day, but it could be the most important thing you do for the success and livelihood of your business.

From the moment they drop their child off at your facility to the moment they walk out with that child on their hip at day’s end, parents entrust the safety and well-being of their little one to you. It is your job to document and prove when a child is and is not under your care and here are the top reasons why.