Making Decisions about Your Business 9
Sometimes you may decide to terminate care. When this happens, you will
need to provide notice to the family via a letter, a phone call, or in person. It is
important that you inform them why you made the decision to terminate care.
Such a decision should not be made without giving the family advance notice. If
you are terminating care for nonpayment, the security deposit should be credited
toward their outstanding balance. If the family is leaving your program for other
reasons, such as a job loss or a move to another program and their payments are
timely, you may have an obligation to return the security deposit.
Hire an Assistant
As your child care business grows, you may need to hire an additional person to
help care for the children. Check with your state licensing agency to find out what
rules and training requirements assistants must meet. Listed below are tips to help
you hire an assistant:
Create a job description.•
Create an employee handbook.•
Ask family, friends, and child care families for a reference.•
Look for an assistant who has a passion for caring for young children.•
Look for an assistant who is energetic and trustworthy.•
Ask potential candidates to complete an employment application.•
Check a candidate’s references.•
Check a candidate’s training or experience in child development.•
Complete a criminal background check.•
Take a candidate for a tour of your family child care facility and ask him or her •
to spend an hour or so working with you in your program to determine
whether he or she will be a good fit in your business.
Be sure to follow your state and the federal government payroll tax rules.
Also, check if your state requires you to purchase workers’ compensation insurance.
If you need more information on how to hire an employee, please visit your local
library for additional resources.
Now you’re off to a great start building a strong foundation for your family
child care business. You have many tough decisions to make that will affect how you
manage your business. The following chapters provide more assistance to help you
become a successful family child care provider.