Are Day Care Regulations And Requirements The Same Thing?
We shouldn't confuse daycare requirements and day care regulations. One is built upon the solid foundation of the other. Day care regulations are in place in order to ensure that minimum standards of care are adhered to. Relevant application in your day care is your job ensuring each regulation is tailored to meet the needs of the children you care for.
The health, welfare, safety and wellbeing of the children are covered by the regulations which are the law and therefore a given in any day care. If you desire an exceptional, above average child care center to be your domain then you need build upon the legal requirements. You need to consider that you might be in the wrong business if you haven't already gone above and beyond that which is writ.
Running a day care requires you to be a business person but you must also care enough to make a difference by adding your personal touch. While you must always keep the practical, bottom line, business aspect in mind you must also be aware of the small additions and tweaks that can make your daycare that bit better and more personable than the others.
Little things make a difference for example, calling and reassuring a mom who is upset by a tantrum throwing child goes above and beyond the required parental communication directive. When starting a new child offer reassuring words to the emotional torn and distraught mother whilst still maintaining the calm and professional demeanour required on the front line.
Don't just buy equipment that is regulation safety compliant, think also of the comfort and enjoyment of the children. Instead of waiting for your inspection report compile a checklist for regular assessments of any repairs or replacements required thus keeping one step ahead and being extremely thorough.
There are so many ways you can go above and beyond the call of the day care regulations to ensure your day care offers children the very best of care. Your daycare requirements are that you go that extra nine yards to make your business the best business.
In between minding her own child and running her daycare business Fiona Lohrenz manages to maintain her childcare website. She has also produced a 'Start a Daycare Business' DVD guide: How To Start A Daycare. You can find her at her Day Care focused website.