Making Decisions about Your Business
As a family child care provider, you must make important decisions about your
business. First consider whether family child care is the right career choice for you.
Ask yourself the following questions to help guide your decision:
Do I have a passion or desire to work with young children?•
How well do I plan and organize my time?•
Do I get along well with other personalities?•
Can I communicate effectively with adults and children?•
Am I a self-starter?•
Can I physically and mentally handle the daily operations of family child care?•
Can I successfully run the business from my home?•
Once you have decided to open a family child care business, there are many
details you must consider that will affect the success of your endeavor, including
setting your hours of operation, determining the number and ages of children you
will care for, planning a curriculum, establishing tuition rates and payment plans,
and hiring assistants. Here’s a more detailed overview of these considerations.