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How To Hire Child Care Providers

Oct 9, 2007
If you have built your knowledge and understanding on starting a day care center, your business should be off the ground and become profitable. Once it has become successful, you may need to consider hiring additional help to assist you in the running of your business.

Parents expectations are high, and if you are hiring additional child care providers, you need to make sure that the person is the right one. Here are some steps that you need to take when hiring a person:

Firstly, you do not need to be too strict on experience even though it is important. Your employees should have some character references from friends or relatives whom they babysat for. Make sure you call them and ask them a few questions to see if the answers give you a feel of whether this is the right person for you.

A person with a few good character references will be a better person to hire than a person with lots of experience but does not have many good references to show for it. You can always build up their knowledge and experience while on-the-job running the day care service.

Secondly, a day care service requires lots of commitment and dedication so ensure that your staff are able to stay committed to their job for a long time. If the child care providers in your day care center keep changing, it does not reflect well on the center. Parents feel insecure about putting their children in your day care center, and may start losing confidence with regards to the quality of the service that your center is providing. A high turnover rate is also bad for the children. They will feel uncomfortable seeing new faces all the time.

Children are looking for consistency, love, and reassurance that they are in a safe environment. The provider should engage in regular conversation with the children present in day care center. So make sure that the staff you hire loves the job and stays committed.

Thirdly, when hiring an assistant, you need to give a detailed job description to the person. Make sure that the person understands his/her job requirements before starting work. This helps to prevent any misunderstandings that might arise after your employee starts work. Be patient with your employee and repeat yourself till the person fully understands the job of being a child care provider.

Last but not least, have a probation period (usually a month) for your employee to see whether he/she is suitable for the job. Observe your employee closely during this trial period, making sure that he or she truly has a heart for children, love the children and demonstrate lots of patience towards the children. Do not be afraid to terminate the person if things do not work out. Protecting your business and the quality of the day care service is your top priority.

The above steps serve as a guide to help you to hire the right child care providers for your day care center business so it can grow into a wildly successful business.
About the Author
Miriam Boh is an entrepreneur and owns StartingDayCareBusiness.com. To learn how to effectively hire the right child care providers for your day care business so as to keep the business going and growing, visit http://www.startingdaycarebusiness.com for more information.
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