How to start a nursery in Dallas
If you are looking to start up a nursery business in the Dallas area there are a number of challenges that you may face. Whether you are going into the business because you see a gap in the market; you think you can provide a better service than existing nurseries, you love working with kids, or a combination of all three, these are challenges that need to be dealt with before you can achieve your dream.
Before you begin planning, you need a proper understanding of what services a nursery actually provides. They are not just a social center for very young children or a place to hold all your friends’ children’s birthday parties in Dallas, they take a huge amount of work and the stress of caring for others’ children can often be stressful.
Nurseries are usually staffed by trained carers, and are often open all year round, so starting a nursery is usually a full time business commitment. You will often find your evenings eaten up by paperwork or discussions with concerned parents, but the rewards will, more often than not, be completely worth the effort.
Before you begin, you must be registered to the local authority. It is a requirement that those looking after children under the age of eight must be registered, in order to ensure the safety of children and complete the necessary checks to ensure that you are suitable for the role.
Once you are registered, ensure that you check out the local competition of other nurseries in the Dallas area. It will give you an idea of what parents expect from a nursery and may provide you with some great ideas to improve on aspects that these nurseries struggle with. Work out the local birth rate and the amount of children in the area; all this information can be gathered from your local census data and this will give you a decent idea of how viable your business plan actually is.
Plan how many children you aim to have in the nursery. Remember that, in the initial stages of the business, you may not be able to compete with larger businesses that take on 100 children or more, but also remember that you need enough children to make the nursery financially viable. In terms of costing, collect price data from your surrounding competition. This will give you a price range to work within and allow you to create a sound financial plan.
One of the most important aspects of starting a new nursery business is getting used to the enormous amount of paperwork that you will have to complete regularly. Parents are understandably cautious when it comes to entrusting the care of their children to near strangers, and all the bureaucracy is intended to ensure the safety of the children and give the parents peace of mind.
Finding suitable premises will be the next step in the early stages of setting up your nursery. The type of building and neighborhood, in which the nursery is located, should suit the needs of your prospective clients. It needs to be safe, functional and easily accessible for those parents that will be dropping their children off.
Carlo Pandian is a freelance writer and blogs about food, culture and parenting covering everything from things to do in Dallas with kids to restaurant reviews. When he’s not online or cycling around town you can’t get him out of the kitchen for his love of food.