Starting a Child Care Business - Chapter 15: Hiring Staff
You will need to hire qualified staff to work with the children that you will be enrolling in your center. This is one of the most important steps in starting and running a successful child care business. The staff that you hire represent you and your business. You may want to contact the unemployment office, area colleges and
universities and place ads in the local newspaper and online. Look for individuals who have the state required education and experience for the position that you are hiring them for. Make sure that you make a copy of the original training certificates. I have had people to alter someone else’s certificate and pass them off as their own. Also, make sure that you get a copy of their high school diploma, if it is required for the position. Always complete a background check on all individuals you wish to hire, even if it is not required by your state licensing office. You should know who will be caring for the children in you center. Because it take a while to get back the results of a criminal background check, I would recommend checking the county court records before calling them in for an interview. Most states now have the County Court records on the internet, so check with your county court house.
Before you start the hiring process you should put together an extensive employee handbook. I have included a sample copy of my employee handbook in my book "A Practical Guide to Starting and Operating a Child Care Business" for your convenience. It took me years to get it to where it is now. Over the years I had to add much, take away some and alter extensively. The most important thing that I can tell you about your employee policies is to enforce them!! What good are policies, procedures, rules and regulations if you do not enforce them? The policies and procedures ensure that everyone is treated fairly across the board. More...
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