Now-a-days the number of working parents is increasing, which is creating an ever-growing need for quality childcare. This need is creating an entrepreneurial opportunity for people who love children and want to build a business caring for them. It all depends on how one wants to establish an enterprise. It can be very small, essentially just creating a job for oneself or can also grow into a commercial enterprise.
Need for the establishment of childcare centres:
Increase in working families: One of the biggest challenges many urban families are facing today is caring for their children while they are off for work. The demand for childcare is going to see a hike due to urbanization and increased number of young working women.
Increase in global market: Another issue that has an impact on child-care is the 24-hour global market. There are many occupations with high number of employees working on night shifts and weekends, and workers in these fields are in need of getting quality childcare for their young ones.
Where to start a childcare center:
A child-care center/business can be started with thorough planning and a modest amount of startup cash. A commercially located center may require greater investment in terms of time, energy and money. The size and type of business one chooses to establish will depend on start-up resources and goals for the future. Some of the child-care providers are satisfied with a one-person operation that generates a comfortable income while others may eventually move to a commercial site as the business grows.
Requirements for the establishment of Childcare Facilities:
An early childhood education program should be housed in a spacious, attractive building that has been created or redesigned for children which meets the needs of staff and parents. The director is responsible for ensuring that appropriate space is available both for ongoing and new programs. This can be done in cooperation with the concerned committee or the director may take up the responsibility for analysis of space needs.
Few things to consider while setting up a child-care centre:
Health and Safety: Entrepreneur must keep environmental issues in mind and must also be aware of all safety aspects. The building should be hazard free and should meet the needs of children, staff and parents.
Accessibility: A childcare center should be located in a convenient location and should be easily accessible to the parents. There should be proper signage which will help in easy identification of the centre. The building itself should carry a friendly vibe. This can be created with relevant branding and amiable content.
Control of Traffic Flow: Center planners should be conscious while planning children’s daily traffic patterns between indoor and outdoor spaces. For eg: children will move from classroom to multipurpose room and outdoor area and back.
Personal space: A comfortable and convenient classroom for young children includes enough space for each child to work and play without being disturbed by other activities. Children need cozy places where they can relax while they look at books, examine interesting objects etc. Classrooms must also include a meeting area that is large enough for a group of children to gather for a story or special activity.
In conclusion, we can say that the demand for childcare centres is on the rise and it is a great place for passionate entrepreneurs to bring change in little one’s lives.