Tired of the 12-hour days, diaper changes, energy drain of doing daycare? Switch from a daycare business to a preschool business without losing any income during the transition!
Step 1: Decide To Cut Ties With Your Daycare
If you have decided to start a preschool business, then you really need to close your daycare business. You need the mindset that you are now a preschool owner and no longer a daycare provider.
Don’t decide to just open a preschool in your daycare. The target market for a preschool is stay at home moms who want a 2 ½ class for their child to get ready for kindergarten and to make friends. When a child comes into an established daycare for just a short time out of the day, it’s hard for them to make friends because they are the stranger in a group of children who spend all day together. Preschool that is strictly a preschool is more appealing to these moms.
Step 2: Speak With Your Daycare Parents
Once you’ve decided to transition from daycare to preschool, you next need to have a conversation with your daycare parents. Because of this change they will have to find another daycare provider. Much love and kindness is needed in this conversation.
Speak with them on the first day of the month prior to starting your preschool. For example, if you plan to start your preschool classes on September 1st, have this conversation on August 1st. Be sure to express your love and appreciation for them, tell them how much you have enjoyed caring for their children.
Then say “As of a certain date (the first day of the following month) you are closing your daycare and will become a preschool only program.” Give them some referrals to other daycares you have already checked out. They will pay you for the month because they still need your service while they find another daycare provider.
Tell them your preschool classes will only be for 3-5-year-old children, for 2 ½ hours, a few days a week. Let them know that if their child is in that age range they are welcome to enroll them into your preschool, but that they will still need to arrange other childcare, and they will also need to arrange transportation for their child to and from the classes.
Step 3: Market Your Preschool, Give Tours, And Sign Up Students
In the evening after your daycare children leave for the night, swing into action and start marketing your preschool. Pass out flyers, put up Facebook ads, get the word out that [Insert the name of your preschool] opens on September 1st! When the calls start coming in, schedule tours for the evening hours. And sign up those students! You have 30 days to replace your daycare income.
You can transition your daycare into a home preschool with a plan and some hustle. Now get to work!