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Opening a Daycare?

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Asked at 2009.12.21 22:31:36
What are your thoughts of opening a daycare for special needs children only? What suggestions do you have? What concerns should I have?

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answer b w  Answered at 2009.12.21 22:31:36
I think if done well, daycare for special neds children only is a wonderful idea. Concerns you should have is the ability you will have of paying adequate staff, yourself, and your facility costs from the income you can receive from fewer children. Your child/staff ratio will be smaller (I hope) than it would be for less challenged children. I would hope the highest you would go would be 1staff/3children. (Depends on their special needs). Expertise for working with special needs children is necessary, so you and your staff will need training and ongoing training. Another concern is your facility and having the necessary and appropriate space and equipment and the ability to prepare and serve some specialized diets.
Then of course your liabilities must be considered for your facility insurance and the insurance necessary for you and your staff. So.....Maybe its financially best to provide childcare then include special needs children, frequently there will be many special needs children in your childcare enrollees anyway and if thats your mission to address each child's special needs then its all the better for every child.
But if you decide to go ahead with special needs children only, my suggestion is to keep it small unless you are skilled at management and multitasking beyond the norm, and have expertise in running and maintaining care facilities.
If you are looking for something for just yourself to do, many families can and do use respite care, where you go into the home and provide 24 to 72 hours of care for a special needs child. Some childcare facilities provide respite care as well but it is rarely overnight. You might want to check out some of the special needs camps that are around the US, I'm sure you could find where they are on the Web. They probably have lots of excellent information about Special Needs care, its challenges and rewards. Anyway, good luck.
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