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The essential list for setting up a preschool

Thinking about setting up a preschool? Well, congratulations on your new business venture! Starting a new business is an exciting time that will test all your skills. When you’re setting up a preschool, there’s some steps you must go through before you can open your doors. Have you checked any of these off the list?

 

  • Finding a space: Daycare centres don’t have to be large, depending on your business goals. But you need a room (or a few) for the children to play, staff rooms, parking space, an outdoor area, and storage. Don’t rush this step; find a building that’s in a ‘family friendly’ area, with available street parking, and nearby amenities like public transport.

 

  • Checking qualifications: Parents trust day care centre staff to care for their children. When you’re setting up the preschool, interview candidates that are in training for their child care certificate or already have it. Trainee childcare workers do work placements as part of their study. Also check that staff have a Blue Card and first aid certification.

 

  • Organise your furnishings: This includes the shade of paint from the walls to the shelves and tables. Daycares can’t operate without daycare furniture! The children need toys to play with, beds to sleep on, and lots of other equipment. Outdoor entertainment is just as important, too. Invest in cubby houses and roleplay sets.

 

  • Get your accounts in order: Before you hire staff or buy childcare furniture, meet with your accountant and hire a bookkeeper. It’s not the fun part, but you must be on top of loans, your mortgage, and a payroll system for staff.

 

  • Buy some insurance: A little money for peace of mind! Contents and building insurance, as well as liability, are recommended.

 

  • Spreading the word: Part of setting up a preschool is spreading the word that you exist. Create a website, get on Facebook, and put paper advertisements in the local news and noticeboards.

 

  • Plan a welcome party: Or plan any event to create hype about your new preschool. Barbecues, open days, fetes, and the like are commonly held in schools and it’s a great way to introduce your business. Events like this allow children to meet  their new playmates and parents have the chance to mingle.

Setting up a daycare

Daycares are a place of fun, learning and trust. Parents trust the teachers to care for their children, who learn and have fun at the same time. Setting up a daycare effectively requires a bit of planning and coordination.

Fun

According to psychologists and as written in the Early Years Learning Framework, children learn from their surrounds. When they’re learning and having fun at once, they’re learning passively. The kids will learn certain skills, build on them and use them in their lives to come.

A daycare centre needs a fun “play time” area that’s equipped to deal with little ones. Cubby houses are widespread and companies build them around certain themes. The options are endless but common cubby house designs include corner shops, kitchens and miniature houses. For the kids who want to “play house” but didn’t get to the cubby in time, some daycare centres stock large, soft building blocks. The children stack these as they like whether a house, a fence or a simple line of soft blocks they can use for gymnastics.

Learning

Daycare is fun and games for the most part. But there comes a time when the kids must sit and do some structured activity.

A dedicated area with desks and chairs is found in any daycare centre. Large tables are used to encourage kids to work together and develop a sense of “belonging” in a group. The furniture is low-set to match the size of the children. They’re made with wood, plastic or both and day-cares can order them in colours for something different.

Other items to add to the “learning” aspect of a daycare is a space to read. Children can read books with their teachers, by themselves at a desk or in a “quiet area” with some soft furniture (cushions) and a book caddy.

Rest

Kids have fun, learn a lot and then sleep before they do it all over again. Day care centres have room for short sleeps in their schedules so that their charges can rest and recharge. Daycare furniture suppliers do have small bed frames available. A common option, though, is to lay out mattresses on the floor.