Become a Daycare Owner

You will learn what a daycare owner does, how to develop your skills to succeed in a daycare owner career, plus how to start your own daycare and get clients.

What Happens in the Daycare Owner Certificate Course Online

The Daycare Owner Certificate Course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Daycare Owner). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home. You will learn how to start a daycare, including how to start a daycare at home.

This part-time online Daycare Owner Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Daycare Owner Certificate Course Online has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The online Daycare Owner Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you know how to start a daycare (including how to start a daycare at home) and can display with pride the Daycare Owner Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College. Topics covered in the Daycare Owner Certificate Course include the following:

About Professional Child Care

Types of Professional Child Care

  • Independent home day cares
  • Licensed home day cares (also known as day homes)
  • Stand-alone day care centers
  • Drop-in or child-minding centers for a church, community centre or fitness club

Meeting the Needs of Children

  • Physical needs: feeding, safety, sleep, hygiene
  • Emotional needs: attention, play, social interaction, schedules and structure
  • Intellectual needs: training, teaching
  • Behavior management and discipline
  • Care for sick kids
  • Care for kids with special needs

Developmental Stages

  • Care for infants
  • About separation anxiety
  • Care for toddlers
  • Care for preschoolers
  • About single-age groups and multi-age groups

Preparing for Your Career as a Daycare Owner

  • Developing the skills you will need
  • Ways to learn about running a daycare
  • Certification and training

How to Start a Daycare

Define Your Daycare

  • Age groups, number of kids and staff
  • Workday programs and on-site daycare for businesses or schools
  • After-school care and latchkey programs
  • Overnight care
  • Part-time or drop-in daycare
  • Daycare franchises

Location

  • The home daycare
  • The out-of-home daycare
  • Buying an existing daycare
  • Evaluating a potential location (space requirements, neighborhood, etc.)
  • Buying or renting/leasing space
  • Building codes, zoning for home-based business, fire safety, neighbor relations

Getting Your Daycare Business Started (How to Start a Daycare)

  • Creating a business plan
  • Choosing a business name
  • Business structure and registering
  • Insurance

Money Matters

  • Start-up costs (sample and worksheets)
  • Ongoing costs
  • Sources of funding
  • Grants and subsidies for daycares
  • Evaluating your profit potential
  • Estimated operating budget
  • Setting your fees
  • Ethical ways to cut costs
  • Keeping track of your finances

State and Provincial Daycare Licensing Information and Contacts

Setting up Your Daycare

By Age Group or By Activity

  • The Play Room
  • The Quiet Room
  • The Kitchen
  • The Bathroom/Potty Area
  • Storage Areas
  • Office Areas
  • Outdoor Areas
  • Mudroom/Cloakroom

Childproofing Your Day Care Area

  • Physical and chemical hazards
  • Safety in the kitchen
  • Safety in the bathroom
  • Safety outdoors
  • Pet safety

Equipment and Supplies

  • Furniture (cribs, beds, high chairs, etc.)
  • Play structures
  • Toys and games
  • Diapering/potty training
  • Craft supplies
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Feeding
  • Vehicles

Establishing Policies and Procedures

Writing a Policy Manual/Parent Handbook

  • Health and illness policy
  • Immunizations
  • Hours of operation and holidays
  • Absentee notice
  • Payment policy
  • Part-time or drop-in policy
  • Termination notice
  • Pick-up and drop-off procedure
  • Discipline (behavior management) philosophy
  • Hygiene procedures
  • Meal and menu information
  • Administering medication
  • What parents should supply
  • Emergency procedures
  • Field trip policy

Staffing

  • Determining your staff requirements
  • Child caregiver qualifications and training
  • Types of positions you may require
  • Covering sick days and holidays
  • Typical rates of pay and benefits
  • Volunteers

How to Find Staff

  • Conducting Interviews
  • Signs of a quality caregiver
  • Background checks

Training and Managing Your Staff

  • Signs of trouble
  • Recognizing the signs of caregiver burnout
  • Keeping staff happy and turnover low

Running Your Daycare

Planning Daily Activities

  • Sample daily schedule
  • Large motor skills activities
  • Fine motor skills activities
  • Imagination-building activities
  • Reading and Numbers activities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Special needs activity considerations
  • Parties and special occasions
  • Group gatherings with other daycare providers

Age-Specific Activity Ideas

  • For infants
  • For toddlers
  • For preschoolers
  • For older children

Meal Time

  • Organizing meal time
  • Meeting food group specifications
  • Planning a menu
  • The Child Care Food Program (U.S.) and Reimbursement for food costs
  • Allergies and special diets
  • Choking hazards
  • Infants (breast milk, formula, nursing mothers, solid foods)
  • Feeding toddlers
  • Feeding preschoolers

Sanitation and Board of Health Regulations

  • Hygiene
  • Hand washing
  • Tooth brushing
  • Diapering
  • Toilet use
  • Food, dishes, eating
  • Toy and equipment cleaning
  • Communicable diseases

Common Behavioral Problems

  • Hitting, biting, crying, not napping, etc.
  • Ways to respectfully discipline
  • Ways to positively manage behavior
  • What caregivers must not do

Accidents and Emergencies

  • Your first-aid kit
  • When to call an ambulance
  • The accident/injury report
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Scheduling fire drills

Getting and Working With Clients

Marketing Your Daycare

  • What parents are really looking for
  • Choosing a niche
  • Evaluating the need in your community
  • How to position yourself in the market

How to Find New Clients

  • Advertising
  • Hosting an open house
  • Joining an agency
  • Free media publicity
  • Promotional tools and events
  • Other marketing ideas

Client Interviews

  • Set up a meeting
  • Presenting your credentials
  • How to make a great impression
  • Providing a rate sheet
  • Typical questions
  • Following up

What’s Next

  • Enrolling a child into your daycare
  • Managing a waiting list
  • When a child (or family) is not suited to your daycare

Communicating with Parents

  • Parent “types” and how to handle
  • Developing a trusting relationship
  • Daily/weekly charts
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Formal progress reports
  • Special events
  • When accidents happen
  • What to do if there are problems at home

Fees and Invoicing

  • Sample invoice
  • Issuing receipts for tax deduction
  • Collecting government childcare subsidies
  • Late payments
  • Increasing your fees

What Is Included in the Daycare Owner Certificate Course Online

This all-inclusive Daycare Owner Certificate Course package includes:

  • Registration for the Daycare Owner Certificate Course Online
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Daycare Owners for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Daycare Owner Certificate personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Daycare Owner (e-book edition)

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About a Career as a Daycare Owner

As a daycare owner you will have a rewarding, challenging career where you’ll see the results of your caring and creative efforts every day. You’ll be rewarded by the joy of children’s laughter, and by watching them grow into independent, unique individuals.

You’ll be inspired by your ability each day to help children meet new challenges, learn new things, and discover the world around them.

You’ll become a teacher, a mentor and a caregiver – someone children love, trust and learn from at every turn. You will also learn about yourself, and discover new strengths and abilities you may never have known you possessed, such as patience and creativity.

You could learn how to start a daycare at home and look after just a few children at a time. Or you could start a daycare center and care for a larger group of children in an away-from-home setting. Either way, the rewards are great–financially and personally.

Professional childcare is needed in every community, from small towns to large cities. The need for daycare is expected to increase as even greater numbers of parents enter or rejoin the workforce.

You can look after children of similar ages to your own. (Yes, running a daycare is one profession where you can bring your children to work every day!) Or you can serve your community by operating a larger daycare for children of various ages.

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Why Get a Certificate?

How can you benefit with a certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College)?

A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

  • Respect as a professional
  • A competitive advantage when marketing your services
  • A sense of achievement and confidence
  • A credential for your resume when applying for jobs
  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
  • Higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Certificates: A fast track to careers)

With the International Association of Professions Career College, you can earn a certificate online more quickly and affordably than many other educational options.

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  • How Much Money Does a Daycare Owner Make?
    As a daycare owner, your income is determined by a number of factors, including: your experience, location, business model and how much revenue your daycare generates. According to data from PayScale, the average income for a small business owner in the United States is $73,000 - however this can range up to $182,000 or more.
  • What Does a Daycare Owner Do?
    As a daycare owner, you’ll become a teacher, a mentor and a caregiver – someone children love, trust and learn from at every turn. You will also learn about yourself, and discover new strengths and abilities you may never have known you possessed, such as patience and creativity. You could learn how to start a daycare at home and look after just a few children at a time. Or you could start a daycare center and care for a larger group of children in an away-from-home setting. Either way, the rewards are great– financially and personally.
  • How Do I Become a Daycare Owner?
    Earning a certificate as a daycare owner will equip you with the principles and techniques for becoming a professional daycare owner. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Daycare Owner Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Daycare Owner Certificate Course you will learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional daycare owner. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.