Staffing

Planning and developing a program that adequately manages your center is very important. There are many factors that you must consider, such as finding and hiring qualified staff, determining staff size, setting working hours, deciding on staff responsibilities, establishing salaries and fringe benefits, and developing personnel policies. Most states have minimum qualifications for child care providers and for the number of staff required. Check the Licensing and Regulations documents to understand the requirements for the type of business you plan to operate.

Factors affecting your staff selection will include your mission and goals in establishing the center as well as regulations regarding child/staff ratios.

How to Start a Quality Child Care Business

The U.S. Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners, and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. Use the link below to understand the rules impacting the business you plan to operate.

Summary of the Major Laws of DOL

Policies and Procedures

A written personnel policy is your outline of operating procedures for staff members. It details what they can expect and what is available to them as employees of your center. Clearly stated, policies help avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations.

Establishing Policies and Procedures

Training

Provider training is essential to offer a quality program and for professional development. Research has shown that provider training is related to the quality of child care. Trained providers are more in demand by parents, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated about selecting care for their children. All child care providers must undergo some basic health and safety training prior to caring for children. Check the Licensing and Regulations documents to understand the requirements for the type of business you plan to operate.