Family child care providers do not just care for, and educate children. They are also small business owners. They are Entrepreneurs. To be successful, a family child care provider must pay as much attention to her business as she does to the children in her program.
If you are just getting started in business, I hope that you will take the time to put together a family child care business plan and make certain you have budgeting and filing systems in place before you open your doors to your first clients. It is incredibly difficult to go back and do all this once you have been open for a while and are focused on caring for the children.
The Family Child Care Academy has developed family child care business planning workshops and materials that were designed based on actual experience as a family child care provider and offer practical ideas and activities that can easily be immediately implemented by providers. We are in the process of updating all of our handouts and worksheets, but they will soon be available once more by clicking on the links below.