Develop Programming and Curriculum
Daycare directors will often play a large role in the programming and educational curriculum offered by the facility. They work closely with the center’s teachers and staff to create programs and learning plans that meet any state and federal requirements, as well as the expectations of the parents. A background in education or instructional design can be useful to the daycare director.
Perhaps the most important task of the daycare director is staff management. This may include interviewing and hiring staff members, providing training, ensuring all background checks and fingerprint records have been processed, scheduling, filing timesheets, and observing staff with children. A daycare facility relies on excellent employees for its success, so the daycare director must recruit the top candidates and ensure they adhere to all protocols and requirements. In addition to childcare staff, directors may also hire janitors, kitchen staff, and any other personal needed.
Manage Daycare Facilities
Maintaining safe and well-stocked facilities is a task that falls on all daycare directors. This means ensuring that required safety equipment is available and in working order, no hazards are present, the facility is kept clean and orderly, and any supplies and equipment needed are ordered regularly. They must also adhere to any local and federal regulations and allow regular state inspections of the facility.
Set and Maintain an Operational Budget
Daycare directors are responsible for managing all aspects of their program’s finances. This includes creating and maintaining a budget, setting up a system for bookkeeping and accounting, overseeing accounts payable and receivable, and applying for funding when applicable.
Attract Prospective Clients
Despite the growing demand for childcare, there’s a great deal of competition among daycare facilities. It’s up to the daycare director to map out a marketing plan so locals are aware of their services. This may include setting up a website, maintaining social media accounts, and buying local ads. In addition to getting the word out there, directors are tasked with giving tours to prospective families and staying active through community outreach.
Business management – daycare directors run all aspects of their facilities, from setting up security systems to overseeing the program’s budget. Along with being organized and detail-oriented, they must also have working knowledge of state and federal daycare laws and requirements
Classroom experience – since they will be hiring childcare staff, daycare directors know how to handle a room full of squirmy children and are well versed in tracking childhood development, establishing classroom structure, and creating curriculum
First aid – daycare directors must have knowledge of safety regulations regarding children and stay up-to-date on first aid protocol for the age ranges at the facility
Managing people – it’s the job of the daycare director to keep staff motivated, hire and train new teachers and support staff, and resolve conflicts in the workplace
Communication skills – daycare directors are the face of their centers, so they must possess excellent communication skills and feel confident giving tours to prospective parents, writing newsletters, and running staff meetings and retreats.
• Directs integrated programs covering basic child care, education, social service, nutrition and parent involvement and education.
• Supervises the development and coordination of curriculum, activities and special programs for children.
• Develops and manages child care program budgets.
• Ensures program operations are in compliance with donor, grant or regulatory agencies requirements.
• Liaises with parent groups and coordinates the implementation of support services and activities.
• Implements suggestions received from parents as appropriate.
• Ensures adherence to established admissions guidelines.
• Ensures adequate records and files are maintained for each child.
• Generates reports as required based on program activity.
• Directs the maintenance of the child care facility, parking area, play yards and outside equipment.
• Daycare Directors should have a passion for working with children as well as strong leadership skills.
• *The company reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
• Education: Early Child Development Bachelor's degree OR Equivalent
• Experience: 2+ years of related experience
• Excellent verbal and written communication
• Problem solving
• Active listening
• Social perceptiveness
• Judgment and decision making
• Learning strategies