If you have some qualifications or experience in early child development and you love kids, perhaps an ideal career opportunity for you would be to start an at-home daycare centre. At first glance, you would think that it’s more secure and profitable to work in a public or private one. However, when you think about it more deeply, you can see all the benefits of starting day care in your home. If you are unsure whether starting such day care is right for you, keep reading to learn more about some of the benefits of such a business.
First of all, by owning your own at-home day care, you have more autonomy over the whole process. You’re at less risk for teacher burnout. Also, it’s more profitable for you and you have more free time to spend with your family. Moreover, you have the freedom to customize your own curriculum. Other benefits include the size of groups – there are fewer children in groups, which means less stress for you. When it comes to attachments, you can build more secure ones and you can devote more attention to each child individually, which affects their development positively.
Whatever business you’re running, especially if it’s from your home, you have more autonomy over it. By being your own boss, you set the rules you like and prefer for some justified reasons. You are in charge of designing the vision of your school and you make all the business decisions. If you have experience in early childcare education (and you probably have), you already know what you didn’t like in your previous workplaces. When you start your own day care, you can easily change those things. Parents always favour attending the best day care centre, where their children will develop, learn things, play and socialize.
You probably also remember hard times, when you faced teacher burnout due to too many kids in one group and related obligations. The child-caregiver rations are often mandatory and set by the government, and they vary in each country. It is frustrating, as you often feel like you’re not doing the best you can, but actually, it’s physically impossible to attend to every child’s needs when dealing with so many children. Nevertheless, this is something that you won’t have to face in your at-home day care due to several plausible reasons. First of all, the class size is convenient as you set it. Second, you have more contact with parents, which means you can communicate more and help their children together.
3. Day Care is more profitable
Believe it or not, running your own day care from home is more profitable than working for some other similar institution. How come? Well, unfortunately, the situation is such that teachers who work in early childcare centres often don’t earn enough money to enrol their own children in such childcare. If you own a home, you will definitely make more money starting your own preschool than working in one. The tuition you charge can be the same as regular preschools, with a big difference in overhead costs. You would have far fewer overhead costs, which would leave you with more profit.
Whatever business you own and run from your home, it leaves you with more free time to spend with your family. You don’t commute, so you save quite a lot of time. Many parents who are teachers or educators have to leave their homes early and commute to a job, from which they return in the evening. This kind of lifestyle leaves these people with no or little time with their families. And the little time they have on their hands, they probably feel exhausted from all the commuting and working. You can prevent this by starting at-home day care. This is most often what makes people decide to go for it.
5. You can customize the curriculum with Day Care
Owning child care in your home allows you to customize the curriculum however you consider to be appropriate. As an educator, you probably already know that students learn best when their interests are incorporated into lessons. In family daycares, you work with a smaller number of kids, which allows you to get to know them better. This is a great opportunity to include their interests in the lessons. It will be more effective. You have more freedom to modify the lessons in whatever way you see fit. You can be more creative. The sky is the limit.
6. Groups of children are smaller
The group size is one of the considerable differences between regular daycare centres and at-home-based ones. The teacher-child ratio is most often 2 to 15. There physically isn’t enough time to attend to each child’s needs individually. When it comes to at-home day care centres, most often there are 5 to 6 children in each group. This provides the caregiver with enough time to take care of each child’s needs. In this way, the specific needs and interests of every child can be covered. This is often the way parents prefer for their children to start their education.
When it comes to young children, it is of key importance for them to be securely attached to people in their lives. This is what affects their mental and emotional development. The way they connect to people around them affects their behaviour and attitudes later in life. At-home child care centres provide children with warm relationships with their caregivers.
8. More attention for each child – quicker development
We already mentioned that when taking care of too many children, you can’t focus on each child equally. This affects their overall development negatively – they develop, but more slowly than they would if caregivers focused on them individually.
These are just some of the benefits of starting your own at-home preschool – consider the drawbacks as well before deciding to embark on this venture.