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Make Time to Grow
and Improve Your Business!

 

In order to grow and improve your business, you must step out and do something different. You can't keep doing the same things in the same ways and expect to get different results.

Management is maintenance and maintenance is keeping things the way they are. You want to take steps to grow and improve your business, but by the time you finish all of the things you MUST do each day, you do not have any time and/or energy for the things you WANT to do. And the MUST DO's never end! Even after you do them, they do not really leave your TO DO list, they just move to the bottom of the TO DO list and routinely work their way back to the top. Then they repeat over and over again.  Some of these tasks are daily, some weekly, some monthly - but they are always there.

You must lead rather than manage. Delegate management to free yourself to lead. Leadership is being free to work above the routine, but important, tasks necessary to run the business. Stop giving people raises for simply showing up. Teach your staff that in order to get more, they need to do more and they need to do it well. Redefine job descriptions to take some of the load off of your shoulders. Bus drivers are responsible for coordinating bus runs. Make your cook responsible for ordering food, paper products and cleaning supplies. She does the reports for the Food Program, too. If this makes you nervous, pull out your orders and reports from the past 3 to 6 months and note the patterns. It's easy to make these orders and reports goofproof if you create templates that the cook can just fill in each month, especially if you have a five week rotating menu. Make the assistant director responsible for hiring people, getting the background checks done, etc. and for staffing the building each day. If you balk at allowing your assistant director to be in charge of hiring, think about this: new hires will form a bond with the person who interviews them. If they bond with you, they will never think of anyone else as the true authority figure and they will come to you for everything. That is not what you want. Have one of your more mature and sensible teachers do the ordering or purchasing of the lesson plan supplies. And finally, have a lead teacher for each age group or department. This person is responsible for Orientation and training new hires within her department.

The biggest obstacle to actual productivity is the illusion of productivity. Don't confuse "busyness" with actually getting things done and don't fall into the trap of doing a lot of small, easy tasks instead of tackling the bigger, more complicated ones you should be doing. While you are busy, you fool yourself into thinking you are getting things done. But at the end of the day you do not feel the satisfaction you should because you did not actually do anything to improve your situation.

You must have two separate email accounts! One for business and a separate personal email account. There are two great reasons for this: You won't get sidetracked and fall into the time-sucking abyss of personal emails and social media; and you can delegate checking your business email to a competent staff member with some extra time (such as on days when numbers in the classrooms are low). Just instruct her not to delete emails but to move them to the proper folder after she reads them and makes notes for you

Enforce your policies. Managers often use the "write 'em up!" tactic for disciplinary problems among staff members. Write ups are warnings - warnings that the employee is in danger of losing his job. We all know that any discipline tactic that is over used loses its effectiveness. It's the same with write ups. At your center, how many write ups does an employee receive before her job really is in jeopardy? You already have the tools and information you need, you just need to enforce them. I am 99% sure that the guidelines for disciplining employees is already spelled out in your center's policies. All you have to do is re-read your policies and highlight (for your own use) the things you need to start enforcing. For example: What is your center's policy on Tardiness? ....absenteeism? ...using cell phone for any reason while on duty? ...job performance expectations? What are the consequences to employees for not following policies? Enforce the consequences as you should.
Too often in child care the very nature of our business promotes a "friendship" atmosphere between staff and management. This may sound like a good idea, unless it makes you uncomfortable with enforcing rules. Here is a simple, painless script to get you started:

 

"Listen, I am not your mom. I'm not here to marshall your behavior and remind you of what you should be doing. I care about you as a human being. I care enough to hold you to a high standard and insist that you do your best at all times. Come to think of it, I hold my own kids to a pretty high standard of behavior, too. Anyway, our focus here at the center has to be the children in our care. We advertise and promise a particular experience for children who are enrolled at our center. If you cannot consistently provide that experience for the children in your classroom, then you need to move on to something that is more suited to your needs. The change I need to see immediately is..."

You MUST have two separate email accounts! One for business and a separate personal email account. There are two great reasons for this: You won't get sidetracked and fall into the time-sucking abyss of personal emails and social media; and you can delegate checking your business email to a competent staff member with some extra time (such as on days when numbers in the classrooms are low). Just instruct her not to delete emails but to move them to the proper folder after she reads them and makes notes for you

Stop taking comfort in the fact that many other child care centers in your area have the same issues yours does. Change your mindset! Use the information to set yourself apart and to be different.  

It will take time to bring your new ideas to fruition and get them in place. But that's the thing about time, it will pass no matter what you do - or don't do. Might as well get busy!

You cannot really manage time. You can only manage how you decide to spend it. It will take time to bring your new ideas to fruition and get them in place. But that's the thing about time, it will pass no matter what you do - or don't do. Might as well get busy!  

 

 

2014 Spring Training Conferences

Friday Management Session - Director's Boot Camp #22   

(8:30am-1:30pm/5 clock hours)  

"The Difference Between Supervising and Managing Your Staff" Being aware of what your staff is doing is one thing, leading
your staff is another. This session will go over multiple
techniques such as evaluating job performance, guiding and
rewarding staff, and preparing for quality assurance,
all imperative to be successful in today's competitive market.  

 

Saturday Management Session  

Management Session "Directors Round Table"/ $99.00

Hiring& Firing: What Every Manager Needs to Know

Successful Hiring: Use these practical, proven techniques to

avoid hiring mistakes that stay around to haunt you for years.

Successful Termination: Effective methods and proven

procedures for disciplining and discharging that won't backfire.

 

Saturday STAFF Session/$29.00 per person  

*Group Discount: 10 or more staff- $25.00 per person*

9:00am-1:00pm (5 Clock hrs. each attendee will receive a 1 hr. take-away training module)

"Top Ten Secrets to  Being Successful in Life"

In this energetic training, attendees will learn the latest
information available to the Child Care Industry on topics
such as: Minimum Standards and how they apply to the
caregiver with focus on risk management and supervision
techniques for the new and experienced teacher & MUCH MORE...     

Fri & Sat, April 11th & 12th

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DALLAS, TX 75206

Fri & Sat, April 25th & 26th

Hyatt Place - 1909 Research Forest Dr. 281-298-4600

THE WOODLANDS, TX 77380

Fri & Sat, May 2nd & 3rd

Radison Fossil Creek- 2540 Meacham Blvd. 817-625-9911

FT WORTH, TX 76106

Fri & Sat, May 9th & 10th

Hilton Hotel- 6780 Southwest Freeway 713-977-7911

HOUSTON, TX 77074

Fri & Sat, May 16th & 17th

Best Western- 2200 S IH-35 512-444-0561

AUSTIN, TX 78704

Visit www.thechildcareconsultinggroup.com to download 

the registration form under the CONFERENCE tab,  

or call 972-979-0282 for more information
on these exciting training sessions.

 

 

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This school has a great reputation for quality child care developed over many years of operation. The facility has spacious classrooms and well equipped playgrounds to compete with any local competitor. This business has sales of over  $600,000 per year and cash flow of in excess of $110,000 per year. The business is being sold with its real estate for only $625,000. SBA financing is available with as little as a $65,000 down payment. If you are interested in owning your own business and enjoy children, this is the business for you.   

See you next month with more new and exciting ideas and information!

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"How to Get A Raise!"

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A teacher's role

is to guide children to make choices  

and enhance the depth and richness of children's play while provoking children into more complex play.
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"Eye Spy" - Here's a unique letter-learning activity that youngsters will ask for again and again! Gather a small group of youngsters and scatter several letter cards face up in front of the group. Place a supply of jumbo wiggle eyes in a container. In turn offer the container to a child and say, "I spy with my little eye the letter [letter name]." Have the child pick an eye and place it on the corresponding letter card. Continue until all the letter cards have eyes!

You can change this up and use other things instead of wiggle eyes, such as silk flowers in spring time, small plastic animals, or any items that pertain to the season or study unit! 

Numbers Are Fun! Youngsters practice number identification with this fun activity! Place numbered heart cutouts in a gift bag. To begin, take a heart from the bag and show it to the group. Have students identify the number. Then lead them in singing the song shown. (If a one is drawn, alter the last line of the song appropriately.) At the end of the song, encourage youngsters to blow that many kisses. Continue with each remaining heart. (tune: "The Farmer in the Dell")
I know that number's name.
I bet you know it too!
It is the number [five].
I'll blow kisses to you!

Change it up by substituting other actions for "blow kisses" such as: "I'll do jumping jacks for you!" or "I'll do [number] hops for you!" or "I'll do donkey kicks for you!"   

 

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Read Aloud Enrichment Activities Parents Can Do At Home

(Choose one or two each evening as you read to your little one before bedtime.)
1. As you read a new book, pause to make observations together or ask questions about what is happening in the story.

2. In picture books, illustrations are as important as words. Ask leading questions to get your child to notice interesting details or clues as to what is happening in the story.

3. For older children, ask what they think will happen next or what they would do if they were in a similar situation.

4. At the appropriate moment, pause as an invitation for your child to join you in reading a rhyming word or familiar phrase. Even very young children can do this. You can also add your own repetitive phrase to simple storybooks. "Oooohh noo!" or "Silly monkey!" for example.

5. Point to the words as you read them. This will show your child where you start reading, that you read English from left to right and that there is one word represented on the page for each word that you say. Sometimes, take your child's hand in yours and help your child point to the words as you read them.

6. When re-reading familiar books, point out (or ask your child to point out) any letters which are significant to them, for example, the first letter of their name.

7. Explore the end pages of the book. Many hardbound children's books have very pretty or interesting end papers inside the front and back covers.

-Adapted form the blog Childhood 101

 

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