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A Day in the Life of a Daycare Owner
Wondering what it’s like to own a daycare center? At Discovery Point, our franchise owners maintain flexible schedules and are able to build their workdays around their individual priorities and preferences. This arrangement ensures our daycare owners can stay in tune with what’s going on in their centers while also taking the time they need to spend with their own families and interact with their communities.
Set Your Own Schedule as a Daycare Owner with Discovery Point
Take a peek below for an overview of what your day could look like as the owner of a Discovery Point daycare center.
Being a Daycare Owner Means a Calm Start to the Day
As the operator of a Discovery Point daycare center, you don’t have to get caught up in the morning rush. In fact, you can use a simple app on your phone to check in on your center from the comfort of your home. This app, called Procare, allows you to confirm that your Director and teachers have opened the center successfully and are getting a good start to the day.
Should you choose to do so, you can rely on these staff members to take care of early student arrivals, which usually begin around 6:30 am. You’ll be able to view the time each individual student arrives and ensure your center is adequately staffed throughout the morning hours.
Of course, you can also choose to open your center yourself whenever you feel like it. Doing so will help you stay in touch with the morning routine and build relationships with parents who drop their children off before work.
Arriving at Work and Conducting Office Hours as a Daycare Owner
Once you arrive at your daycare center, you can check in with the front desk to assess any issues that have come up during the early morning rush. Then, you can make the rounds, checking in on each classroom and connecting with children and teachers. This mini-inspection can also help you catch any problems before they develop over the course of the day and ensure you’re always delivering high-quality care for your students.
Following your brief tour of the building, you may choose to settle into your office and dive into the administrative side of running your center. Tasks that need to be taken care of include paying bills, conducting interviews with potential staff members, and reviewing vendor accounts. Your office hours are an excellent time for you to craft a big-picture plan for the week that sets the stage for smooth day-to-day operations.
The Discovery Point corporate team will also provide a framework of items you should be working on from week to week. These items are designed to keep you organized and ahead of schedule. Items on this list could range from performing agency funding reviews, to dealing with HR situations and phoning parents, to managing payroll.
Student Lunch Time & Daily Management Meetings
Once lunchtime rolls around, you can opt to supervise food preparation and service or have your Director manage this task while you interact with students as they enjoy their mid-day meal.
At Discovery Point, all our meals are prepared in commercial kitchens. We post menus weekly so parents know what is on hand for the week. Our meals are USDA-approved and our menus are always child-friendly. We take the health and nutrition of our students seriously.
When lunch time turns into naptime, you may find that you have an ideal window to hold a daily management meeting with your senior staff members, including your Director and Assistant Director. Your team will have their finger on the pulse of your center and will assist you with reviewing inventory, checking on upcoming lesson plans, and assessing staffing needs.
Making Community Visits and Preparing for Afternoon Arrivals
Many Discovery Point owners like to take a mid-day break from the center to run errands such as dropping off enrollment coupons, sponsorship applications, and other materials at nearby organizations. These visits enable you to connect with members of your community and expand the influence of your center. You can also take this time to complete personal tasks on your to-do list and have lunch for yourself.
In the afternoon, you may return to the center to hold down the fort as your directors go off on after-school bus pick-ups. When the afternoon staff and school-agers arrive, you could choose to linger at the center or end your work day, depending on your personal schedule.
This level of flexibility gives franchisees the opportunity to spend time with their own children after school or hang back at the center to build comradery with staff members and interact with parents and students as the day winds down.
We’re proud to be able to give our franchise owners the ability to confidently call the shots while operating a successful daycare center. As a franchisee, you can expect to have plenty of chances to bond with your staff members, form connections with families in your area, and reach out to the causes in your community you’re passionate about.
If you’re looking for a business opportunity that enables you to maintain a flexible work schedule while harnessing your passion to help families in your community, you may want to consider becoming a Discovery Point franchisee.