Whether you have just started your daycare or are established, it can be difficult to keep your home clean. You must keep the toys and supplies for the children well organized, not only to impress the parents and make your life easier, but also for any inspections your city may require.
You should have shelves or boxes for each child to place their belongings when they arrive, so that backpacks, diaper bags and so forth have a place.
Have a special place for each toy, even it is just a toybox. Tricycles and such should have parking places. Require each child to clean up after themselves as they finish a given activity; it's a good habit for them.
If you have paints for the kids, make sure you have aprons or something else to protect clothing, and a dropcloth for the floor. You don't want to have parents come back to a child with ruined clothing, just as you don't want your floor destroyed.
Naturally, you'll clean up after meals and snacks, but make sure you have the children eat in a particular area, to minimize the mess. The more they roam, the more more spills you will likely have to clean up.
As the time comes for parents to pick up the kids, have them help clean up the mess of the day. Even if some children stay later than others for some reason, have a clean up time; just let the ones that stay later play again after, and clean up whatever mess is made.
One final important area in which organization is vital is your daycare records. Have a system in place for keeping track of all that important information parents are trusting you to know, such as schedules, allergies, birthdays and so on. You also want your billing records to be in good shape for your own benefit. Consider a solution such as Daycare Manager Pro to make this job simpler.
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