You did it! You FINALLY received your license to operate your center or family childcare home. You are ready to LAUNCH full speed ahead. You are ACTIVELY marketing, taking advantage of EVERY trick, tip, and tidbit. The calls start to trickle in, followed by the questions and you find that you struggle to turn those calls into ACTUAL appointments to tour your facility.
You failed to prepare.
It's a shocking realization isn't it? We can chalk it up to "shoppers," or "tire-kickers" but I will be honest with you because I want you to succeed. It will be o.k., this is fixable.
Here are the top 20 questions as provided by www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org (as referenced via The Milk Memos) that prospective clients need to ask prospective Child Care Providers. These are legitimate questions that you need to have answered professionally, succinctly, and readily available to the impromptu phone interview, church lady, mom's group acquaintance, or neighbor.
As the Boy Scouts say, "Be prepared!"
n Having the answers to these questions prepared, memorized, and ready to provide to whomever may come your way will go a LONG way toward taking a quick interview to the next step of a tour, and then securing the confidence of signing up your newest client.
One question I would personally add to this list would be one I hear more and more often, "What curriculum do you use?"
Families are increasingly concerned about the quality of the Early Childhood Education their child will be receiving while in care. They want their child to have the best start to his/her Kindergarten experience as possible and very often, childcare providers that provide preschool services are being chosen over those that do not.
There, of course, are many options for teaching preschool. Some providers hire in preschool teachers to their programs several days each week. Others create their own curriculum utilizing various resources with the ages of their children and abilities in mind.
Many, however, recognizing that their work week is quite busy opt to purchase an "out of the box" curriculum. Should you choose this route, my advice is to see the following reviews when I was searching for a solution to add time back to my schedule after years of "diy" preschool. I chose to go with Mother Goose Time for its emphasis on Kindergarten readiness in Literacy, Math, Science, Social/Emotional, Music and Movement, Language and Creative Arts.
You can read those reviews here, here, and here!
As always, I wish you well and I hope you get to play today! - L
It's my hope that the pages of this blog will inspire you, relax you, encourage you, reignite you, and help you remember why you entered this profession - the children.