How to Write a Business Plan for Daycare and Preschool

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Writing a daycare or preschool business plan is a big task, but due diligence and hard work will help you understand what you’ll need to launch and run a daycare or preschool successfully.

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What do daycare investors want?

Your local government will have rules and regulations you’ll need to follow as a small business owner and childcare provider. Start by reviewing the childcare licensing guidelines for your state and city. Once you’re clear on licensing guidelines, you’re ready to start writing your childcare business plan.

The purpose of a business plan is to help secure funding. You’ll likely need financing to launch your preschool or daycare, especially if you want to avoid the monthly repayment of a loan. 

Investors provide businesses with money in exchange for partial ownership. As a result, they expect a larger return on their initial investment. Because many investors work in business, they prefer to invest in an established company.

Most investors look for:

Industry background and experience

Financial performance and promise.

Investors want to make money. Therefore, they are more inclined to work with experienced entrepreneurs and business owners to guarantee a return on their investment. 

This might sound discouraging for those with little experience or without a business management background, but the opportunity doesn’t end there. You could consider bringing on a partner with a business background. Additionally, many investors act as a source of business advice. 

You need to demonstrate that your business will make money. Investors will likely want to see signs of business growth before they give you money. 

Additionally, investors will want to know about your financial stability. Questions an investor might ask are:

  • What do you plan to do with the money?
  • Has your business been up or down in recent years?
  • Is your company losing money? Are there signs of growth for the future?
  • How do you plan to repay your investment?

Of course, every investor is different, so they’ll consider various factors. While experience and financial promise are at the top of the list for most investors, they might also look for uniqueness, business readiness, an effective business model, and more.

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Writing a daycare business plan

We’ve discussed licensing and investors. Now, you’re ready to begin the framework of your business plan for daycares and preschools. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

Business description

Needs assessment, insurance policies, operating policies and procedures, marketing strategy.

Start with the basics: what does your daycare do? Detailing the service you’re offering will help you create a clear business plan. Next, you might want to write some goals or even a mission statement outlining your purpose and motivation.

Start by looking at general daycare or preschool industry trends, then narrow your scope to the preschools or daycares in your local area. Next, you’ll need to figure out who your target customers are and confirm that there is a need for a business like yours in your community. 

Are there a lot of young families in your neighborhood? Are you located somewhere convenient for commuting parents? Does your business offer a specific service that your competitors don’t, like early check-in or extended hours? 

Also, check out the competition. Research the existing daycare or preschool options in your community. Look at current preschool or daycare business plan samples. What makes your daycare or preschool unique? 

Developing detailed budgets will help you run your small business. You’ll need to compare your current cash flow and expenditures to determine whether you’ll make a profit.

Build a budget for unexpected costs. For example, how many children do you need to serve to be able to pay your bills and stay afloat? Child Care Aware of America offers some terrific budgeting resources for this process.

Depending on the type and size of your preschool, you’ll need insurance policies of several different types, including liability, property, workers’ compensation, and business insurance. Check the licensing requirements for guidance in building this part of your preschool business plan.

Create a comprehensive handbook for families and staff that includes you center's policies and procedures. For instance, you'll need to develop an emergency plan , daycare sick policy , and other safety protocols according to your local childcare licensing requirements. 

Your staff handbook will be a helpful resource your employees can reference and include all your employment policies including work and pay schedules, benefits, and information about professional growth and development. You can also include information on your center's philosophy and curriculum, classroom procedures, and expectations for working with children and families.

Your marketing strategy is the key to attracting customers. Decide what type of advertising you will use in front of potential customers. For example, list your school in local directories and participate in parenting and kid-friendly community events. Run a social media campaign focusing on your target population.

Another big part of childcare business marketing is differentiating yourself from other preschools. These days adopting daycare software is a surefire way to attract families with young children. A tool like brightwheel's center management feature will streamline your center's admission process, record keeping, and reporting, saving you up to 20 hours per month. 

You can also use brightwheel for recording and tracking daily events and activities, and sending real-time updates to families throughout the day. It also offers secure, digital check-in/check-out and a paperless billing system. This is a great way to keep your families looped in on daily activities and handle all of your administrative tasks in one place.

Your business is ready!

Writing a business plan can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you secure the proper licensing, use the information in this article to guide you through creating a solid daycare business plan that drives investors and financing to your business.

These are just the basics to get you started. For further information, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website has detailed instructions on creating each necessary part of a successful business plan. 

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How to Write a Business Plan for a Daycare: Complete Guide

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  • January 30, 2023

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Whether you’re looking to raise funding from private investors or to get a loan from a bank (like a SBA loan) for your daycare, you will need to prepare a solid business plan.

In this article we go through, step-by-step, all the different sections you need in your daycare business plan. Use this template to create a complete, clear and solid business plan that get you funded.

1. Executive Summary

The executive summary of a business plan gives a sneak peek of the information about your business plan to lenders and/or investors.

If the information you provide here is not concise, informative, and scannable, potential lenders and investors will lose interest.

Though the executive summary is the first and the most important section, it should normally be the last section you write because it’s the summary of the different sections included in your business plan.

Why do you need a business plan for your daycare?

The purpose of a business plan is to secure funding through one of the following channels:

  • Obtain bank financing or secure a loan from other lenders (such as a SBA loan )
  • Obtain private investments from investment funds, angel investors, etc.
  • Obtain a public or private grant

How to write an executive summary for your daycare?

The executive summary of your daycare business plan should include the following important information:

Business Overview

Introduce your company (its name, its mission) and the history behind it: why did you decide to create a daycare in your area today? Why you? 

Also, that’s where you should expand on the business: where will the daycare facility be located? How old are the children you target? How many children will you be able to take care of? What are the amenities (classrooms, playground, cafeteria, etc.)? 

Market Overview

Provide here a deep market analysis that backs your decision to open a daycare business in your area today. Why would your business succeed given current market conditions? 

For example, the market analysis should include information like: what are your competitors in the area? What are their characteristics, strengths and weaknesses? Who are your target audience (parents and children)? Is that in line with the demographics in your area?

Management & People

Who is the management team? What is your/their experience in the daycare industry?

Financial plan

What is your expected revenue and profitability for the next 5 years? When do you expect to break-even? Simply include here a chart of your key financials (e.g. Revenue, Gross Profit, Net profit )

Funding Ask

What loan/investment/grant are you seeking? How much do you need? How do you intend to spend the money?

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2. Daycare Business Overview

The business overview section of the daycare business plan summarizes the basics of your facility, including the background information, business model, services, target audience, and legal structure. 

a) History of the Project

When you launch a daycare business, you want it to grow and even become the best in the region if possible. One small element that can catalyze your company’s growth is its history. You don’t have to exaggerate the information here, but try to include useful details that will make your daycare business stand out. 

For a business as sensitive as daycare, trust overrides anything else. So, make sure to include in your business plan your experience and passion for children to demonstrate to investors you are qualified and the right person to successfully run a new daycare facility.

Also, flesh out the history behind the project: why are you starting a daycare now? For example, you may have noticed a lack of child care services for toddlers and infants in the city.

b) Business Model

Next up is the business model. This is the revenue-generating plan that identifies how your business operates. A daycare business model should be succinct and address specific things about the business. 

For instance, is it a commercial daycare facility or a family daycare? Is it an independent facility or a partnership? And should you opt for a daycare franchise? 

Keep in mind that daycare facilities vary by the target age group. So, you can opt for a childcare center, a family daycare, a kindergarten/pre-school, or a nursery school.

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c) Daycare Services

It takes a lot to raise a child. So, be clear on the services you want to offer in your newly founded daycare facility. The quality of services will make your business more attractive. But an even bigger factor will be the type of services you provide at the facility.

Indeed, a lot happens inside a daycare facility, from hands-on learning (classrooms, private tuition) to field trips, games and community events. 

d) Pricing Strategy

Age is a key factor when setting the prices of your daycare services. On average, parents across the US pay about $9,400 per year on child care per child. Of course, the actual figure will vary based on a number of factors, but this is a great starting point when getting into the industry. 

An accurate pricing strategy can help you outshine your biggest competitors. However, don’t forget that setting cheaper prices isn’t necessarily the best strategy, just in the same way overpriced services may turn off potential clients. 

e) Target Audience

Daycare centers are so named because they are about a child’s well-being. However, the final decision rests with the parents, who must buy into your idea and long-term vision for the facility. 

For this type of business, you have a definite target market. And all you have to do is ensure your facility is closer to a busy neighborhood with many children. Find out if the families truly need child care services, why they need these services and the children’s average age. 

Finally, make sure your services are aligned with your target audience. For example, you wouldn’t necessarily succeed with a daycare operating 9am – 4pm in an area where parents typically work long hours in the city and need time to commute back to their neighborhood to pick up their kids.

Same goes for pricing: if you offer high-quality expensive daycare services, make sure your daycare is either located close to offices or in an area where affluent parents work or live.

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f) Legal Structure

Finally, your business overview section should specify what type of business structure you opt for. Is this a corporation or a partnership (LLC)? Who are the investors? How much equity percentage do they own? Is there a Board of Directors? If so, whom? Do they have experience in the industry?

3. Daycare Market Overview

In the market overview section of your business plan, you must cover 2 important areas:

  • Market trends : how big is the daycare industry in your area? How fast is the market growing? What are the trends fuelling this growth (or decline)?
  • Competition analysis : how many competitors are there? How do they compare vs. your business? How can you differentiate yourself from them?

a) Daycare Market Trends

How big is the daycare industry in the us.

It’s always helpful to base your business decisions on the latest trends in the US market. For instance, the US daycare market had a value of approximately $54.3 billion in 2019 . And it is projected to grow at an annual rate of 3.9% from 2020 through 2027. 

According to reports, the high number of parents occupying full-time and part-time jobs is a major driving force behind the increasing demand for daycare services. No matter how you look at it, these statistics make the daycare business even more lucrative, provided you get all the basics right through your business plan. 

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How big is the daycare industry in your region?

After the US, assess the size of the daycare market in your city or area. Focus on the zone where you plan to offer daycare services.

Naturally, you might not be able to get the data for your specific city or region. Instead, you can estimate the size of your market, for more information on how to do it, read our article on how to estimate TAM, SAM and SOM for your startup . To give you an example, let’s assume you plan to operate in an area where there are already 10 competitors:

As we know the US daycare industry is worth $54 billion today, and there are about 230,000 child care centers , therefore the average annual turnover per child care center is around $235,000.

Now, we can safely assume that the daycare industry is worth $23 million in your area (10 centers).

How fast is the daycare industry growing in your region?

Growth is an important metric for assessing the status of the daycare industry in your region. 

Here if you don’t find information online or via your research, you can calculate growth using the total number of competitors in your area. 

For example, assuming there were 8 daycare competitors in the region in 2018, and 10 in 2022, the annual growth rate is 6% per year.

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b) Daycare Competitor Analysis

At the very least, your competitor analysis should answer all the questions below:

  • How many daycare businesses are the area where you plan to open yours?
  • What type of daycare businesses are there: home-based vs. center-based home care, early care vs. early education & daycare, etc.
  • What age range do they specialise in?
  • What services do your competitors offer?
  • What amenities do your competitors have (playground, classrooms, etc.)
  • What’s their average price (daily rate / monthly rate)?
  • What is the child / staff ratio of your competitors?

4. Sales & Marketing Strategy

For some existing daycare facilities, marketing isn’t the most important aspect of running the business. But you’ll probably have to implement a few marketing strategies at the beginning to attract the first families , especially if you’re starting a new daycare facility.

a) Daycare Market Channels

A daycare business doesn’t have diverse marketing channels like retail stores or other businesses. So, this may limit your options when it comes to new marketing channels. 

Apart from word of mouth, other marketing channels include;

  • Social media
  • Online listing (Google business, Facebook business page)
  • Word-of-mouth

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b) What are Your Unique Selling Points (USPs)? 

Daycare facilities offer pretty much the same services, and it’s not easy to stand out from the competition. However, a few factors can be useful when evaluating your opportunities in a competitive market, including:

  • Target age group : You may cover a unique age group as opposed to your competitors
  • Opening hours : you may offer longer opening hours to accommodate for different parents’ jobs and availabilities
  • Price : Your services may be cheaper than your competitors
  • Quality & amenities : Quality services and extra amenities (outdoor playground, etc.) will make your daycare facility more attractive vs. competitors
  • Services : Your services may go beyond the standard hands-on learning and kid games 

5. Management & People

The 5th section of your daycare business plan should be about people. It should include 2 main elements:

  • The management team and their experience / track record
  • The organizational structure: what are the different teams and who reports to whom?

a) Management

Here you should list all the management roles in your company.

Of course, the amount of details you need to include here varies depending on the size of your company. For example, a small daycare business run by 1 or 2 persons doesn’t need the same level of detail vs. a large center with 50 children or more.

If you plan on running your business independently, you may write a short paragraph explaining who are the co-founders and/or senior managers (if there are any in addition to yourself). It’s important to highlight their experience in the industry and previous relevant professional experiences.

b) Organizational structure

No matter how many leadership roles there are, you should now explain how you intend to run the company from a management standpoint.

What are the different teams (management, childcare staff, cooking staff, human resources, finance, etc.)?

Note that you should include these details even if you haven’t hired anyone yet. It will show lenders and investors that you have a solid hiring and management plan to run the business successfully.

A great addition here is to add an organizational chart that list all the roles, from Directors to managers, key supervisory roles and employees. Make sure to highlight with reporting lines who manages/supervises whom.

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6. Financial Plan

The financial plan is perhaps, with the executive summary, the most important section of any business plan.

Indeed, a solid financial plan tells lenders that your business is viable and can repay the loan you need from them. If you’re looking to raise equity from private investors, a solid financial plan will prove them your daycare is an attractive investment.

There should be 3 sections to your financial plan section:

  • Your historical financials (only if you already operate the business and have financial accounts to show)
  • The startup costs of your project (if you plan to start a new daycare facility, or add capacity to an existing daycare center, renovate your facilities, etc.)
  • The 5-year financial projections

a) Historical Financials (optional)

In the scenario where you already have some historical financials (a few quarters or a few years), include them. A summary of your financial statements in the form of charts e.g. revenue, gross profit and net profit is enough, save the rest for the appendix.

If you don’t have any, don’t worry, most new businesses don’t have any historical financials and that’s ok. If so, jump to Startup Costs instead.

b) Startup Costs

Before we expand on 5-year financial projections in the following section, it’s always best practice to start with listing the startup costs of your project.

For a daycare, startup costs are all the expenses you incur before you open the space to your customers. These expenses typically include: renovation costs, equipment and furniture, etc.

The startup costs for opening a child care center depend on various factors such as the location and size of your daycare facilities, the capacity (the number of children you plan to have), the quality of the amenities, etc. 

We’ve identified that it costs anywhere between $130,000 to $490,000 to start a daycare business with 50 children . See below the cost estimates.

Note that these costs are for illustrative purposes and depend on several factors which might not fully apply to you. Let’s first start below with startup costs. 

c) Financial Projections

In addition to startup costs, you will now need to build a solid daycare financial model over 5 years.

Your financial projections should be built using a spreadsheet (e.g. Excel or Google Sheets) and presented in the form of tables and charts in your business plan.

As usual, keep it concise here and save details (for example detailed financial statements, financial metrics, key assumptions used for the projections) for the appendix instead.

Your financial projections should answer at least the following questions:

  • How much revenue do you expect to generate over the next 5 years?
  • When do you expect to break even?
  • How much cash will you burn until you get there?
  • What’s the impact of a change in pricing (say 10%) on your margins?
  • What is your average customer acquisition cost?

You should include here your 3 financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement). This means you must forecast:

  • The number of children over time ;
  • Your expected revenue ;
  • Operating costs to run the business ;
  • Any other cash flow items (e.g. capex, debt repayment, etc.).

When projecting your revenue, make sure to sensitize pricing and the number of members as a small change in these assumptions will have a big impact on your revenues.

When it comes to the costs, consider both startup and operating costs. For more information, read our complete guide here .

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7. Funding Ask

This is the last section of the business plan of your daycare center. Now that we have explained what type of daycare services your company would offer, at what price, your marketing strategy, management and people, this section must now answer the following questions:

  • How much funding do you need?
  • What financial instrument(s) do you need: is this equity or debt, or even a free-money public grant?
  • How long will this funding last?
  • Where else does the money come from? If you apply for a SBA loan for example, where does the other part of the investment come from (your own capital, private investors?)

Use of Funds

Any business plan should include a clear use of funds section. This is where you explain how the money will be spent.

Will you spend most of the loan / investment to buy the real estate and do the renovations? Or will it cover the cost of the salaries of your childcare staff and other employees the first few months?

Those are very important questions you should be able to answer in the blink of an eye. Don’t worry, this should come straight from your financial projections. If you’ve built solid projections like in our daycare financial model template , you won’t have any issues answering these questions.

For the use of funds, we recommend using a pie chart like the one we have in our financial model template where we outline the main expenses categories as shown below.

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  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Company Overview
  • 3. Industry Analysis
  • 4. Customer Analysis
  • 5. Competitive Analysis
  • 6. Marketing Plan
  • 7. Operations Plan
  • 8. Management Team
  • 9. Financial Plan

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We have helped over 100,000 entrepreneurs and business owners create business plans and many have used them to start or grow their daycares.

How To Write a Daycare Business Plan & Example

Below are links to each section of your daycare business plan template:

  • Executive Summary – This is a brief overview of your daycare business plan. The executive summary should be no more than 2 pages long, with brief summaries of other sections of the plan.
  • Company Overview – This is where you provide a business description, including your company history, business structure, and any pertinent information about the daycare center.
  • Industry Analysis – The industry analysis describes the daycare industry, including market size and trends.
  • Customer Analysis – This section of your daycare business plan describes your target market and potential customers. You will detail the demographics, needs, and wants of your target audience and how you plan to meet those needs.
  • Competitive Analysis – The competition in your local area will be described here, along with how your daycare business will compete in the market.
  • Marketing Plan – Your marketing plan will describe your daycare’s marketing strategy, including your advertising and promotion plans.
  • Operations Plan – This section of your business plan describes how your daycare will be operated on a day-to-day basis. It may also include your long-term plans for expansion and the milestones you want to achieve to get there.
  • Management Team – The management team section of your business plan should describe the experience and qualifications of your management team including the director, teachers, and support staff.
  • Financial Plan – The financial plan section of your daycare business plan should include your financial statements, such as your income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.

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Daycare Business Plan FAQs

What is a daycare business plan.

A daycare business plan is a plan to start and/or grow your daycare business. Among other things, a good daycare business plan will outline your business concept, identify your target customers, present research about the child care industry, detail your marketing plan, and provide your financial plan.

You can  easily complete your daycare business plan using our Daycare Business Plan Template here .

What Are the Main Types of Daycare Businesses?

There are different types of daycare businesses that parents can choose from for their child's needs. A traditional daycare center is most sought after by working parents since it provides child care during regular work hours. There are also in-home daycare centers that are licensed to provide child care in a home setting with fewer children. Other child care centers provide hourly care services by trusted babysitters or nannies and are operating on an as-needed basis.

What Are the Main Sources of Revenues and Expenses for a Daycare Business?

The primary source of revenue for a daycare business is its child care services.

Some key expenses for a daycare business is rent, salaries for staff, utilities and snacks expenses for the children.

How Do You Get Funding for Your Day Care Business Plan?

A daycare or child care center is typically funded through small business loans, personal savings, credit card financing and/or angel investors. This is true for a business plan for daycare or a childcare business plan.

What are the Steps To Start a Daycare Business?

Starting a daycare can be an exciting endeavor. Having a clear roadmap of the steps to start a business will help you stay focused on your goals and get started faster.

1. Develop A Day Care Business Plan - The first step in starting a business is to create a detailed child care business plan that outlines all aspects of the venture. This should include market research on the childcare industry and potential target market size, information on the services you will offer, marketing strategy, pricing strategies and detailed financial projections.

2. Choose Your Legal Structure - It's important to select an appropriate legal entity for your daycare business. This could be a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship. Each type has its own benefits and drawbacks so it’s important to do research and choose wisely so that your daycare business is in compliance with local laws.

3. Register Your Daycare Business - Once you have chosen a legal structure, the next step is to register your daycare business with the government or state where you’re operating from. This includes obtaining licenses and permits as required by federal, state, and local laws. 

4. Identify Financing Options - It’s likely that you’ll need some capital to start your daycare business, so take some time to identify what financing options are available such as bank loans, investor funding, grants, or crowdfunding platforms. 

5. Choose a Location - Whether you plan on operating out of a physical location or not, you should always have an idea of where you’ll be based should it become necessary in the future as well as what kind of space would be suitable for your operations. 

6. Hire Employees - There are several ways to find qualified employees including job boards like LinkedIn or Indeed as well as hiring agencies if needed – depending on what type of employees you need it might also be more effective to reach out directly through networking events. 

7. Acquire Necessary Daycare Equipment & Supplies - In order to start your chlidcare business, you'll need to purchase all of the necessary equipment and supplies to run a successful operation. 

8. Market & Promote Your Business - Once you have all the necessary pieces in place, it’s time to start promoting and marketing your childcare   business. This includes creating a website, utilizing social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, and having an effective Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. You should also consider traditional marketing techniques such as radio or print advertising to reach your target audience.

Learn more about how to start a successful daycare business:

  • How to Start a Daycare Business

Where Can I Get a Daycare Business Plan Example PDF?

You can download our daycare business plan PDF template here. This is a business plan template you can use in PDF format.

How to Start a Daycare Business Plan 

A Step-by-Step Guide for Childcare Planning with Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Start Their Daycare Business

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Table of contents

What is daycare and why should i start one.

  • Types of Daycare Providers
  • Before Starting Your Daycare Business Essential Planning Steps
  • Decision Journey Map Definitions

Assess the Competition

How to start your daycare business.

  • The Importance of an Execution Plan
  • Execution Plan: Marketing and Sales
  • Form Your Daycare Business

Get Familiar with Daycare Licensing Requirements

  • Choose Your Insurance and Liability 
  • How to Gain Enrollment at Your Daycare  
  • Invest In Childcare Experience Software to Build Your Daycare with Less Work

How to Start a Daycare Business Plan

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The childcare industry is full of passionate, hard-working individuals. Entrepreneurs just like you are starting a daycare from the ground up. In this guide, we'll give you guidance and provide templates to build a solid daycare business plan.

How to Start a Daycare Business Plan

According to Forbes , daycare businesses were projected to have some of the fastest employment growth of all industries through 2020. Starting a daycare is a great opportunity for aspiring business owners who have a passion for early childhood education and child development.   

‘Daycare’ is an umbrella term for various childcare options (such as Montessori, head start programs, preschool, and many more) where parents and guardians drop their children off and leave them in your care to...  

  • Socialize with other children in their age group  
  • Learn basic fundamentals for future academic success  
  • Reach important developmental milestones

Is Starting a Daycare Business Worth It?

Starting a childcare business or franchise is profitable, emotionally rewarding, and sustainable – the need for committed childcare entrepreneurs has never been greater.   

As of 2021, there were 856,238 childcare centers in the United States. The growing popularity of childcare centers comes from the demand. Parents will always need a form of care for their kids. Plus, there’s a necessity, especially beyond COVID-19, to socialize children in an environment that fosters development.  

How to Start a Daycare Business Plan

Types of Daycare Providers 

  • In-home daycare  
  • Relative care  
  • Preschool  
  • Independently-owned daycare
  • Daycare franchises  

The Difference Between Individual Centers and Franchises  

An independently-owned daycare often has an individual owner, a center director, and possibly a few other administrative staff members – along with teachers, cooks, bus drivers, etc. The owner is typically an individual who puts their own money and savings into opening the daycare, so all business rights (name, branding, etc.) belong to them.  

Alternatively, a daycare franchise falls under a corporate brand that has made an agreement with an individual to legally establish a business – using the company’s brand or trademark. In this scenario, the franchisee usually pays an initial fee, as well as ongoing royalties to the corporate franchisor. In return, the franchisee gains the use of a trademark, support from the franchisor, and the right to use the franchisor's system of doing business (including unique business policies and procedures, such as their method for advertising or enrollment). This model can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are passionate about early childhood education but don’t know how to get started on their own.  

For example, Kids R Kids and Kiddie Academy are both successful daycare business plans in the United States. Each center operates similarly, has the same name (aside from a unique location number or city/county name), and the same branding as all locations fall under the franchisee umbrella.  

Daycare Franchise Terms

  • A franchisor is a daycare company that provides its services, brand, and business operations to the individual. This may also be known as a ‘ franchise system ’.  
  • A franchisee is an individual owner that is being supported by the company (franchisor). Buying into a daycare franchise makes you the franchisee.  
  • The franchise refers to the legal agreement between the company and the franchisee.  
  • The franchise disclosure document is the legally binding contract between the company and the individual.  

Essential Planning Steps Before Starting Your Daycare Business

1) conduct market research.

When it comes to starting your childcare center, relying on assumptions about your customers and competitors leads to wasted time, money, and effort. In contrast, businesses that conduct regular market research improve customer retention and are 76% more likely to see an increase in revenue.  

Market research is a data collection process that evaluates both consumer behavior, competitor habits, and industry trends to determine the viability of your center and build a foundation for future business operations.  

Prepare for success upfront by conducting thorough market research to understand your competition, improve communication with your target audience, and identify new market opportunities. This research should result in actual data that you can use to drive your business and marketing strategies as you launch your center.  

There are a variety of tools available to help you conduct market research - all from the comfort of your own office. Gone are the days of hiring team members with clipboards to approach consumers face-to-face. Survey Monkey, Attest, and Sprinklr all offer digital market research tools to help guide you through the process of understanding your audience, your competitors, and your industry.  

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2) Determine Your Target Market

A market segment is a group of consumers that could potentially enroll at your childcare center. First, identify your daycare target market segments and determine how big each segment is.  

Be careful not to fall into the trap of defining your market as “everyone in your community.” This often leads to a ‘spray and pray’ approach to your marketing and as we know, a message for everyone really speaks to no one. When you generalize your advertising in favor of not isolating a potential consumer, you aren’t able to effectively communicate with your ideal customers – forgetting to recognize how your childcare center can appeal to them and their needs.  

A classic example is a shoe manufacturer. While it would be tempting for a shoe company to say that their target market is anyone who has feet, realistically they need to target a specific segment of the market in order to be successful. If they sell adult athletic shoes, they should be building their message to target athletes or individuals who enjoy staying active and exercising. Likewise, if you offer programs for children aged 6 months to 4 years old, you should prioritize advertising toward young adults in their 20s and 30s.  

A common strategy when identifying target markets is to use the TAM, SAM, and SOM approaches to look at market sizes from a top-down approach as well as a bottom-up approach.

Target Market Terms

This should include everyone you wish to reach.  

Example: Your entire local community.  

SAM: Your Segmented Addressable Market or Served Available Market 

This is a portion of the TAM you will specifically target because they align with your offerings.  

Example: Families with young children.  

SOM: Your Share of the Market 

This is the group of your SAM that you will realistically reach—particularly in the first few years of your center’s opening, as you may expand and grow your service over time.  

Example: Families with young children who make at least $65,000 each year in household income.  

For childcare organizations with multiple brands, schools, or programs - increasing revenue and keeping families happy is vital for growth. Your Millennial parents need a uniform, high-quality experience, regardless of location.

Standardizing business processes has a significant impact on time savings, costs, and most notably quality. In fact, standardization improves quality by   61.9% ,  on average. Create consistent  enrollment processes across all your franchise locations to ensure every family has a great experience and a positive association with your brand – leading to higher conversion success and profitability.   

To achieve consistency, your franchisees’ marketing approach and advertising material must follow all your corporate brand guidelines. Your organization should have a lead management system that supports your childcare franchise staff as they  guide families through   the decision-making journey  while also ensuring each location is delivering a consistent parent experience.  

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3) Develop Your Buyer Personas

Before you begin writing your daycare marketing plan, make sure you’ve defined your market and buyer personas. Without a deep understanding of whom you’re speaking to, a daycare marketing plan will have little value.    

Audience personas allow you to dive even deeper into your target market and help you understand more than just who your customer is. These identities inform you how to communicate with your customers in a way that relates to their pain points and needs.  

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When you understand your customer’s motivations, you can uniquely address their concerns and questions in your marketing materials - leading to increased tours, enrollments, and revenue.   

Start by listing out the various kinds of programs and classes you’d like to offer at your center.  

Then, determine who the primary decision-maker is and who the primary influencers might be in each scenario.   

Primary decision-maker : typically the individual(s) taking financial responsibility and remitting payment at your center.   

Primary influencers : are  also crucial in the purchasing process as they often have the ability to sway decision-makers.  

For example, imagine you’re promoting availability for Summer camp programs at your center. In this instance, the primary decision-maker might be the parent(s) or guardian(s) whereas the primary influencer would likely be the child who’s deciding what kind of activities they want to do this Summer.  

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Audience Overview

List the audiences, personas, or segments that you want your center’s marketing and messaging efforts to reach.  

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Select one audience from above and describe it to the best of your knowledge. Go beyond the traditional persona to consider motivations & behavior.  

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Identify the key stages in your audience’s enrollment journey from beginning to end, knowing there may be multi-dimensional steps within a stage. Complete the table for each journey at the individual stages from the specific audience’s point of view.  

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Decision Journey Map Terms & Definitions 

Stage : This refers to each stage of the enrollment journey - awareness, consideration, action, and advocacy.  

Awareness : This is when a family is first learning of your center and your brand. They are researching multiple daycare centers and eventually send an inquiry to tour your facility or learn more.   

Consideration : During this stage, a family is touring your center and may be deciding between you and 1-2 other providers. Tip: Proactively equip your staff with key talking points so they can highlight your unique center features.  

Action : This is when a parent decides to register their child for care, pay fees, and is either placed on your waitlist or enrolls.  

Advocacy : After a successful, happy experience, this parent or guardian has become an advocate for your business. They’re telling friends and family about your center. This is vital for your word-of-mouth marketing strategy.  

Emotion : Identify what the persona is feeling at each stage of the customer’s journey. They may be anxious, curious, excited, or satisfied at various points. Put yourself in their shoes.  

Key Actions : What actions would a consumer take at each stage? For example, during the awareness stage, they may see your ad on Facebook, look you up on Google, or visit your website. In the consideration stage, they may call your center to get more information, look at your services online, or read reviews.  

Questions : What questions is the consumer asking in each stage? These are the questions you need to be answering for them in your advertising and marketing efforts.  

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Competitive research helps you understand why customers choose your center over other alternative care options. This information provides you with insight into how your competition is marketing their services and over time, this can help you improve your own marketing campaigns and business offerings.  

Look up similar daycare centers in your area, and see what programs they offer, the type of facilities, their capacity, and their curriculum. Then, highlight the features that make your center stand out. Showcase your selling points in all marketing and advertising efforts.  Get started with these key questions...

  • Who are my direct competitors and what do they offer?
  • Who are my indirect competitors
  • What does my competition's pricing look like?
  • Do they offer promotional pricing or payment plans?
  • What do they do best?
  • What do they do poorly?

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Build a Daycare Business Plan

A good business plan will guide you through each stage of starting and managing your childcare organization- including how to structure, run, and grow your new business.  

There’s no correct or incorrect way to write your business plan. What’s most important is that you identify your business objectives and use this document as a roadmap for how to achieve these goals.  

A strong business plan can help you recruit business investors, gain funding, or find new partners. Prospective investors want to feel confident they’ll see a return on their investment and your center’s business plan is the perfect tool to assure potentials that working with you — or investing in your business— is a smart and profitable decision.  

Write a Day Care Executive Summary (Daycare Business Plan Outline)

Although this section is the first thing people will read, it’s advised that you write it last, once you know the details of your business inside and out. At this stage, you will be able to articulate your business more clearly and summarize all the information in a succinct, concise manner.  

Ideally, your executive summary will be able to act as a stand-alone document that covers the key highlights of your detailed business plan. In fact, it’s common for investors or loan providers to ask for just the executive summary when they start evaluating your business. If they like what they see in the executive summary, they’ll often follow up with a request for a complete plan, a pitch presentation, and more in-depth daycare business plan financials.  

As your executive summary is such a critical component of your business plan, you’ll want to make sure that it’s as clear and concise as possible. Cover only the essential components of your daycare, ensuring your executive summary is one to two pages maximum. This section is intended to be a quick read that hooks your potential investors’ interest and excites them to learn more.  

The executive summary is a tell-all first paragraph that details...  

  • The city and state of your center (you can decide on the exact location later)  
  • A potential open date  
  • A projected enrollment count (number of full-time enrollments)  
  • Programs you plan to offer  
  • Ages you hope to serve  
  • A quick financial summary (based on grants, funding, and potential revenue from projected enrollments)

This may seem like a lot of information upfront, but it’s simply a high-level overview of your plan.   

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Conduct an Opportunity Analysis 

The opportunity section of your business plan includes information about:  

  • The problem that you’re solving within your community
  • P rograms and classrooms   do you plan to market your center(s) to
  • How your daycare facility fits into the existing competitive landscape  

Opportunity Analysis: An Example 

The opportunity analysis portion of your business plan is important for outlining what distinguishes your daycare from your direct and indirect competitors. It details how you can continue to expand and grow your center in the future.  

Use your previous competitive research to determine your daycare business’s competitive advantage and position. Analyze potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. 

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Problem and Solution

Describe the problem that you are solving for your customers. Childcare centers are need-oriented, meaning your consumers have tangible pain points that you must resolve to be successful.   

So, what is the primary pain point for them? Maybe it’s that busy, working parents need a caring, safe place for their child during the day, or perhaps families are seeking after-school care options for their elementary-aged children, or maybe parents need 24-hour childcare options when they’re traveling or working odd hours.   

Now, assess how they are solving their problems currently and where there’s room for improvement. If there's only one childcare center in your community and it has no open seats, you could be the solution. Or maybe there are lots of existing care providers in your city but they’re expensive or have rigid pickup and drop-off times that working parents have trouble meeting. Or perhaps there aren’t any existing childcare businesses within a reasonable driving distance of where you’d like to place yours.  

Defining the problem you are solving for your customers is by far the most critical element of your business plan and is crucial for your daycare business’ success. If you can’t pinpoint a problem that your potential customers have, then you might not have a viable business concept.  

To ensure that you are solving a real problem, try conducting your own survey with potential customers to get a better understanding of their needs and validate that they have the problem you assume they have. Then, take the next step and pitch your potential solution to their problem.

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The Importance of Creating an Execution Plan

The execution chapter outlines how you’re actually going to make your childcare center work . You’l l address your marketing and enrollment plans, operations, success metrics, and any key milestones that you expect to achieve.  

Execution Plan: Marketing and Sales  

The marketing and sales plan section of your business plan details how you propose to reach your target market segments, how you plan on converting those target markets, what your pricing model looks like, and what partnerships you may need to make your center a success.   

Your Positioning Statement

Once you understand your audience, the first part of your marketing and sales plan is your positioning statement. Refer back to your value proposition to create a simple, straightforward sentiment, explaining where your company sits within the competitive landscape and what differentiates your venue from the alternatives that a customer might consider. This statement should be written for an investor or loan provider, rather than for your customer.  

One daycare business plan example - a positioning statement for a 24-hour childcare center in Austin, Texas may look like this:

“For the Austin-based family who is seeking childcare around the clock, Jenny’s 24-Hour Daycare is a safe option for young children with nutritional meals, best-in-industry sleeping arrangements, a clean outdoor play area, and highly trained care professionals. Jenny’s 24-Hour Daycare is the first center of its kind within 30 miles of the Austin metroplex and offers competitive pricing and tuition payment plans.”  

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Use this formula to develop a positioning statement for your center: 

Your Mission Statement

Your mission statement is a scaled-down version of your positioning statement. This should be just one or two sentences that are geared toward your target consumer and describe what your business plans to accomplish. This statement usually includes company core values that explain your daycare’s purpose and how you serve your audience.  

For example, Cadence Education is a leading early childhood education provider with the mission of “providing parents with peace of mind by giving children an exceptional education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as a home .”  

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Pricing 

Your positioning strategy will typically determine how you price your memberships and packages. There are some basic rules that you should follow when deciding on your price point:  

  • Cost-plus pricing : For the most part, you should be charging your customers more than it costs you to host them at your center to ensure your venue is profitable and appealing to investors.  
  • Market-based pricing : Look at what your competitors are charging and then price based on what your audience is expecting.  

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Strategic Alliances

As part of your marketing plan, you may wish to collaborate with other organizations such as local camps, after-school programs, pediatricians, or even other childcare centers that don’t offer the same activities that you do.   

This partnership should benefit both of you – it may help provide access to a target market segment for your venue while allowing your partner to offer a helpful recommendation to their customers. If you’ve already established an alliance, it’s important to detail that in your business plan.  

The operations section is all about how your business works. This portion details the essential logistics such as staffing and sourcing and fulfillment. But remember, your goal is to keep your business plan as short as possible, so too much detail here could easily make your plan much too long.  

Milestones and Metrics

It’s critical that you take the time to look forward and schedule the next critical steps for your business. Investors will want to see that you understand what needs to happen to make your plans a reality and that you are working on a realistic schedule.

Then, determine how you will measure the success of each milestone by listing out the key performance indicators and metrics needed to see progress. These will be the numbers you monitor on a regular basis to evaluate the trajectory of your business. For example, you may look at how many families tour your center each week, how many children you enroll each month, or the amount of revenue you bring in per quarter.  

Company and Management Summary

The structure of your staff and teams sets your daycare up for success. In a new daycare center, there’s typically an owner (or franchisee), a center director, staff members, an enrollment or marketing team, accounting/administration, teachers, assistants, cooks, bus drivers, and janitorial staff. For example, the average small daycare business plan includes 8-10 fully licensed and/or certified early education teachers.

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Financial Forecasts  

A typical financial plan will have monthly sales and revenue forecasts for the first 12 months, and then annual projections for the remaining three to five years. Break your sales forecast down into several rows, focusing on just high-level buckets at this point.   

Knowing how much your daycare will cost to open ahead of time can save you money, stress, and time. Daycare business plan start-up expenses vary by size, enrollment capacity, and miscellaneous needs.

Keep in mind that you can save on staffing costs and cut down on overhead with technology that helps to streamline your center’s operations. After all, 40% of Millennials prefer self-service over human contact when interacting with businesses.   

It’s essential that you find ways to enable families to book tours and enroll online without ever having to make a phone call to the center- reducing time spent on necessary-but-manual tasks for both your staff and inquiring families.  

Finally, articulate your profits and losses based on the data from your sales forecast and your personnel plan plus a list of all your other ongoing expenses associated with running your childcare center.  

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See this Formula for Financial Forecasts

Step 1 : Average cost of tuition per child x your expected enrollments x 12 (annual revenue – assuming each family enrolls their child in one of your summer programs).  

Step 2 : Daycare businesses make around 16% profit from their overall revenue, after daycare expenses. Multiply your number from step 1 by .16 to get your predicted profit.   

Example : Let’s say you plan to charge families an average of $315 per week for childcare. With that, your goal is to enroll 60 students by the time your daycare center opens. Multiply $315 x 60 x 12 (annual revenue). This should come out to $226,800. Lastly, multiply your revenue of $226,800 by .16, which equals a net profit of $36,288 per year.  

Consider Various Funding Sources

Depending on your situation, there’s both loan and grant funding in childcare. Between state tax credits, loans, and grants – there are financing options for a variety of situations.  

Review Your Tax Deduction Options

Collecting tax credits is one way to receive an annual deduction on daycare costs. Based on your state, you can claim tax credits for...  

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Collect Daycare Grants for Your Business

Often, startup costs for opening a daycare are high. Certain states and counties offer grants for new daycare businesses. There are several grant options, depending on your child and family details.   

For example, there’s a Preschool Development Grant Program and a Head Start/Early Head Start grant to provide funding that expands early childhood centers and developmental programs.   

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Know Which Loans Are Available to Daycare Business Owners

While grants are a wonderful option for freshly opened daycare businesses, loans are occasionally easier to come by. They’re offered widely and often have fewer requirements to qualify. Check out a few loan examples for your daycare center.   

  • SBA Loans , otherwise known as Small Business Administration loans, have exceptional rates, low interest, and flexible repayment options.  
  • SBA 7(a) Loans are beneficial for covering pricier equipment funds and real estate. Loans of up to $5 million are available to daycares.  
  • SBA 504 Loans – these are wonderful for business expansions and involve a loan for 50% of the project cost.  

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Take Actionable Steps to Bring Your Daycare Business to Life

Both Limited Liability Companies and Incorporations offer the significant legal advantage of helping to protect assets from creditors and provide an extra layer of protection against legal liability.  

The main difference between an LLC and a corporation is that an LLC is owned by one or more individuals, and a corporation is owned by its shareholders. In general, the creation and management of an LLC are considered simpler and more flexible than that of a corporation.  

Find the Right Vendors

Choosing the right suppliers for your business is essential. If your vendors aren’t reliable or don’t deliver quality products, your new center will struggle to attract families. As a childcare provider, you will likely need the following vendors at one point or another:  

  • Electrician 
  • Plumber  
  • Food and Beverage Supplier 
  • Educational Materials Supplier  
  • Substitute Staffing Provider 
  • Accountant  
  • Childcare Licensing Consultant 
  • Cleaning & Maintenance  
  • Childcare Management System (CMS) 
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software  
  • Digital Payments Provider 
  • Online Forms Software  
  • Childcare Experience Software  

All states have different daycare licensing requirements. Generally, you'll follow the steps below.

1) Take a Course

Attend and complete a pre-application course (you’ll receive a certificate at the end – remember to save it).  

2) Submit Your Application

Submit your online licensing application. It'll ask for details about your business that were outlined in the executive summary.

3) Pay Fees

Pay your application fees. The fee depends on your center's capacity or the number of children you plan to enroll.

4) Complete Inspections

An inspection of your business property must be conducted.

5) Submit Your Service Payment

Register and pay for the inspection.

6) Conduct Background Checks

Submit background checks (this may also be an additional charge).

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Choose Your Insurance and Liability

  • Provide general liability – stay covered if your center has any property damage or injuries to third parties (children).  
  • Abuse coverage protects your childcare business or franchise. If employees turn out to be abusive towards children, this policy covers defense costs and defends you against financial losses.  
  • Professional liability insurance provides coverage for your business and workers if there is a neglect claim.  
  • Hired and non-owned auto liability ensures everyone is covered if there is a pick-up/drop-off vehicle accident.  

*Liability requirements may vary by state.

How to Gain Enrollment at Your Daycare

From a business owner's perspective, the next step after successfully starting your daycare is to grow your center and gain enrollments.   

Begin by building a strong company culture, actively marketing your daycare center, and finding the right childcare technology to optimize your enrollment process and save time.  

See how to elevate your business plan for daycare with better waitlist management.

Create a Culture Where Staff Want to Work

A daycare center that stands out from the rest has happy staff members that want to work hard. Create a diverse employee culture that feels comfortable openly talking about situations. Provide support, patience, and room for growth. See more tips for creating a healthy and positive culture for your daycare staff .  

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Market Your Center

A daycare marketing strategy starts with an achievable goal. Do you want to fill your enrollment spots? Do you want to build a waitlist? Should you focus on scheduling more tours or gaining new leads ?   

Choose a goal with measurable results. That way, you can track and analyze your marketing performance. When it comes to how to promote daycare business, marketing helps families realize you're the best childcare center on the block. Promote your centers through...

  • Social media (especially Facebook – 83% of Millennials have a Facebook account).  
  • Landing pages and contact forms on your website  
  • Listing directories  
  • Email and text marketing campaigns  
  • Referrals  
  • Digital advertisements  
  • Flyers  
  • Word-of-mouth marketing  

Tip: childcare experience software that automates the reports you need helps you to save time and improve your return on investment (ROI).  For example, a  Source of Families report shows you where your leads are coming from to optimize your efforts.

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Resources to help you run your childcare business.

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Scaling for Success: 2024 ECE Benchmark Report

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Enhancing OST Program Management with LineLeader: A Comprehensive Overview

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Additional resources.

For more information on specific childcare resources regarding marketing tools, campaigns, tips, and best practices - see below.

1. Learn hidden secrets no one tells you about starting a childcare business .

2. See how to operate in childcare licensing excellence to boost enrollment.

3. Beth Fiori of Tiny Treasures provides expert tips. check out ways to improve your business plan for daycare with enhanced waitlist management.

4. Discover tips to maintain the best childcare center on the block.

5. Gain advice for strengthening your daycare staff culture. 

6. Learn the benefits of building a daycare business plan , at a glance. 

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Daycare Business Plan

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With the majority of parents staying out of the home throughout the day, the daycare (childcare) business has turned into an extremely bankable one in recent years.

If you have the right resources and more importantly, are good with children. If you have ever dreamt of starting a daycare business , then you are at the right place!

Though certain sections are common to all business plans, you’ll need to customize the outline as per the needs and requirements of your business.

Industry Overview

The U.S. childcare market size was valued at USD 54.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9% from 2020 to 2027.

This rise in demand has come from the increasing number of working parents. Earlier parents had to quit their careers to take care of their children, but that has changed due to better daycare facilities.

Now, if you plan on entering this competitive childcare market, you must know that the daycare business is based on the foundation of trust more than anything. Hence, providing quality services and having a clean image in the market is of utmost importance.

Studies show that a lot of daycare businesses fail in their first three years due to reasons ranging from poor management to lagging finances. You can combat all of these and many more troubles if you enter the industry with a well-rounded daycare business plan.

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What is a Daycare Business Plan?

A daycare business plan is an equivalent of a roadmap in your business journey. A plan helps you understand what you’re getting yourself into.

It helps you understand the market, figure out where you stand in it, know your target audience better, and formulate better marketing and financial strategies.

Overall, it makes your decision-making process faster and more effective and prevents you from feeling clueless at any point in your business journey.

Moreover, it also helps you get investors and helps your employees and partners understand what your business stands for. It gives the people in your business a feeling that you have a vision and know what you are doing with your business.

Also, you get to set clear goals that give you a direction to work and put your efforts in.

Why is a Daycare Business Plan Important?

Everything you do for your business should add value to it. And here’s how a daycare business plan can add value to your business:

It gives you a sense of direction

There are several ways you can go with each business decision. A business plan helps you understand what would work best for your business then.

Also, it gives a set of tangible goals to look forward to when you work on your business.

It helps you understand your target audience better

Planning your business gives a better form and structure to your research. Which at the end of the day helps you understand your customers better. It also helps you analyze what it means for your business.

Making and upgrading your product or service for your customers serves the biggest purpose at the end of the day.

It helps you understand your competition better

Imagine there’s a popular daycare center in your city and several parents swear by it. Now, this could mean several things for your business.

You’ll have to pick a different location, know the daycare service’s weaknesses and offer better services by working on that area for your business.

You can also pick the things they are doing right, and inculcate the same in your strategies.

A business plan can help you do all of the above and more through a competitive analysis.

It helps you convince your investors

Though making the right prediction is difficult, having a rough idea of your business’s sales and financial potential is important to get investors on board.

Investors want to know the scalability of your business before they invest in it. A good and realistic prediction of returns makes it easier to convince investors.

And a business plan can help you make realistic financial predictions.

It keeps you updated with the latest business trends

A business plan is a living document that grows alongside your business. It also helps you have a foresight of changing trends and act on time for getting the best results for your business.

This also makes it important for you to keep updating your plan as your business grows.

What does a Daycare Business Plan Look Like?

If you are planning to start a new auto or car repair shop, the first thing you will need is a business plan. Use our sample Daycare Business Plan created using Upmetrics business plan software to start writing your business plan in no time.

Before you start writing your business plan for your new auto repairing shop, spend as much time as you can reading through some examples of Children’s & Pet business plans .

Moreover, business plans come in different forms to fit the current state of your business.

Apart from that, there are a few major sections that should be included in every business plan.

Daycare Business Plan Outline

This is the standard business plan outline which will cover all important sections that you should include in your business plan.

  • Executive Summary
  • Keys to Success
  • Company Summary
  • Timothy Bernard Kilpatrick
  • Start-up Summary
  • Locations and Facilities
  • Service Description
  • Competitive Comparison
  • Sales Literature
  • Fulfillment
  • Future Services
  • Industry Analysis
  • Market Segmentation
  • Market Analysis
  • Market Needs
  • Market Trends
  • Market Growth
  • Business Participants
  • Competition and Buying Patterns
  • Main Competitors
  • Strategy and Implementation Summary
  • Value Proposition
  • Competitive Edge
  • Positioning Statement
  • Pricing Strategy
  • Promotion Strategy
  • Marketing Programs
  • Sales Forecast
  • Sales Programs
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Web Plan Summary
  • Website Marketing Strategy
  • Development Requirements
  • Management Summary
  • Organizational Structure
  • Timothy B. Kilpatrick
  • Carolyn Steverson
  • Candice Harris
  • Management Team Gaps
  • Personnel Plan
  • Projected Profit and Loss
  • Projected Cash Flow
  • Projected Balance Sheet

What to Include in Your Daycare Business Plan?

A good daycare business plan consists of a certain number of well-defined sections, the following sections can help you in writing an excellent business plan.

1. Executive Summary

The executive summary section is one of the most important sections of your business plan because it not only forms the first section of your business plan but also acts as a pitch for potential investors who can provide you with funds for your daycare business.

It consists of your company’s vision and mission, its USP, objectives, and also expected revenues.

Writing the executive summary section of your plan at the very end, so you can sum up your plan properly is a good tip to remember.

2. Services

In this section, you should give out a clear idea of what your services are and whom it caters to. You should define your target market, your niche, the area your services will be extended to, etc.

As a daycare center, you should have a clear idea of the age group you will cater to, what is the preferred location of your target audience, how you come off as a service to your customers, and so on.

3. Market Analysis

Market analysis can be of great help to any business, it can help you understand what you are getting yourself into, who your competitors are, what your client base expects out of you, and where you stand in the current market situation.

Hence, market analysis immensely improves your understanding of the industry you are getting into. In the case of a daycare center knowing the best practices of childcare that exist in the market can be of great help.

4. Web Plan

In today’s internet-based world, most busy parents looking for a daycare center online. Hence, having a strong and reliable web presence is crucial to the success of your daycare business. Thus, including a web strategy in your business plan is necessary.

Always remember, as a daycare service coming off as a trustworthy and reliable institution is crucial for your business to work.

5. Management and Organizational Structure

Having a well-structured management system is especially crucial for a daycare service. It not only helps your business run smoother, but it also makes you look more responsible and reliable in front of the parents or the primary caregivers.

In this section, you should include the structure of your organization, details about people on various levels in your company, a solid system for tracking everyone’s work and progress, the areas your team is excelling at, and the areas your team is lagging in.

6. Financial Plan

One of the chief reasons for several daycare services running out of business is poorly managed finances or running out of funds to keep going.

Planning your finances in the early stages of your business saves you from encountering such a problem later on.

Hence, planning your finances is mandatory while writing a business plan.

Download a sample daycare business plan

Need help writing your business plan from scratch? Here you go;  download our free daycare business plan pdf  to start.

It’s a modern business plan template specifically designed for your daycare business. Use the example business plan as a guide for writing your own.

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In conclusion, apart from having a good image as an organization, a well-managed team, a clearly defined niche, thorough research of the market and an excellent financial plan is crucial to the success of a daycare business.

After getting started with Upmetrics , you can copy this sample daycare business plan into your business plan and modify the required information and download your daycare business plan pdf or doc file.

It’s the fastest and easiest way to start writing your business plan.

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As a lot of toddlers turn to preschool age, the number of enrollees in daycare also increases. As a businessman, you should see this as an opportunity. Parents spend a great deal of time selecting the best daycare for their sons or daughters. Composing a daycare business plan will keep you one step ahead of your competitors.

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What Is a Daycare Business Plan?

A daycare business plan is a written document that enumerates the goals of a childcare business and specifies the methods to accomplish them. It also includes the marketing strategy to promote the daycare and a framework detailing how they can set their daycare apart from similar businesses. This business plan prioritizes services that focus on teaching and securing the safety of the children. 

How To Compose a Productive Daycare Business Plan

Preschool parents are hard to impress. They are very critical in scrutinizing every daycare they come across. To hook these parents, devise an impressive daycare business plan that would make them choose your daycare. Taking care of children is a significant task. To make sure you can cater to the children’s needs, be careful in creating your business plan.

1. Make a Plan Outline

Start your plan outline by including a list of your goals and the corresponding procedure you plan to follow in achieving them. Your outline would serve as your draft. That said, you can list everything that comes to mind and come back to review and omit the items that don’t contribute to the effectiveness of your plan. There are available sample outline formats and templates online.

2. Study Your Market

The people you’re offering your services to are both the children and their parents. You should focus on that fact the entire process of your plan-making. You should always ask yourself, “will it be the best for the children?”, “will it satisfy the parents?”. The best way of data-gathering is by conducting an interview and through market research .

3. Run a Competitor SWOT Analysis

Aside from your market, also research your daycare competitions. What are their strengths? What about their weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? You will find out by conducting a competitor SWOT analysis on them. The data you can gather will help you to find out what your advantage and disadvantages over them are. 

4. Formulate Your Marketing Strategy

In creating your marketing strategy plan , it is advisable to appeal more to the parents because they are the ones who would decide on the final call regarding their daycare choice. Despite that, it is essential to keep your content strategy and designs child-friendly. Some marketing strategies you can try out are posting a flyer or creating an infomercial about your daycare business. 

What are the parts of a business plan?

The title page, executive summary , marketing strategy plan, business description, competition analysis, operation plan, design plan, and business budget are the parts of a business plan. Each segment of this document is necessary for ensuring the accomplishment of your objectives. Tailor your business plan depending on the nature of your business.

How can I attract parents to my daycare?

Promoting your daycare on social media is a clever way of spreading awareness about your daycare. Another way is to depend on peer-to-peer (P2P) marketing. This type of marketing entails asking your existing customers to recommend your daycare to other parents they know. Parents tend to trust other parents more when they see good results.

What are the various types of business plans?

The types of business plans vary on their purpose and on the mediums used in creating them. The miniplan, the first type, is like a summary of the whole business plan. It focuses on the top priorities of the business. The second type of plan is the presentation plan, which uses PowerPoint presentations. The third one is the working plan, and the last one is the what-if plan.

Parents want the best for their children. Now, your job is to prove that you are the best, and they would naturally pick your daycare. Proving to be the top in offering childcare services is not fun and games. It requires the best daycare business plan. Win the hearts of the parents and prepare to receive several  daycare application forms  by the start of the enrollment period. 

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Updated September 22, 2023 Reviewed by Brooke Davis

When you are ready to start a daycare business, you need an effective plan outlining how to get there. High-quality child care is in high demand, but you must be prepared for the challenges of starting a new business.

A solid business plan will get you off on the right foot before you even open the doors of your new facility.

With these helpful tips, you can learn how to make a business plan for a daycare center. Whether you are looking to watch over young children or even need a dog daycare business plan, Legal Templates is here to help you get started.

Why You Need a Business Plan for Your Daycare Business

How to write a business plan for a daycare.

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Daycare Business Plan Sample

A business plan sets the stage for how you will operate your business and how you will get it running. A daycare is no different. Opening a daycare requires intensive planning, legal compliance, and understanding of your market.

A daycare business plan template walks you through the steps to build a proper path forward. Every successful business is planned correctly, not as you go along.

A sample daycare business plan pdf or Word document lays it out for you. You can learn how to put it together and what you must include. Many business plans help you understand what you must do to prepare.

Some are designed to recruit potential investors to your cause. Either way, you need a business plan to prepare you for the challenges and successes ahead.

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Knowing how to write your daycare business plan can be tricky without some help. You may not have done this before, but a daycare business plan example can help.

Follow these writing tips in each section to create a strong business plan for your future daycare.

1. Executive Summary

The initial section of your business plan is the executive summary. This part of your plan is an introduction for whoever reads it. It is designed to offer an overview of the remaining sections. It should be concise and add only summary details—this is not the section for intensive information or data.

The executive summary will highlight what your daycare business will look like and the most crucial section of your entire plan.

This section may provide information such as:

  • A business address
  • Phone number, email address, and other contact information
  • List of owners
  • Banking information
  • Start date for the daycare
  • Client base
  • Market niche
  • Factors for success

The executive summary lets you make a case for why your particular daycare will be successful and competitive. It is also the section that helps you sell yourself and your business to potential investors who may play a critical role in starting your daycare.

Provide a mission statement that reflects your goals for the daycare and your motivation for starting your business.

2. Management Team

Your daycare business plan should include important information about your management team. The first part of this section may address ownership of the business itself. It should outline all essential ownership details, such as:

  • Legal names of every owner
  • Each owner’s proportionate share
  • The format of ownership percentage (i.e., stocks, capital investments, etc.)
  • The format of the business (Corporation, LLC, etc.)
  • Contact information for each owner

You want everyone who reads this business plan to know who has a stake and how their interests are represented. These details are a crucial part of business formation and preventing costly legal disputes in the future.

The management team section should also include the profiles of your management staff. These people will run the business daily, and they should be properly vetted before being put in charge.

Your business plan should list the management teams’:

  • Names and positions
  • Summary of responsibilities
  • Credentials and education background
  • Prior employment or experience
  • Early childhood education licensing or other credentialing
  • Management experience
  • Salary and benefits
  • Past success in a similar role

This information should demonstrate why these are the right people for the job. Not only does it help you know how your business will run, but it also shows others you have a proper plan in place for your daycare.

3. Products and Services

This section lets you talk about why you are starting this business in the first place. You will outline the services or products you intend to sell to consumers. For a daycare, it should outline the following:

  • Who is being cared for: Children, elderly adults, or pets?
  • Business hours
  • Staff costs and required credentials
  • Will you offer food, diapers, and other child-care products?
  • How will you measure sales metrics

Daycare is typically considered a service, but product sales are also often a part of this model. Your plan should adequately account for how you will handle this dual purpose and how it fits into your business model.

4. Customers and Marketing

You must identify your market and how you will get customers into your daycare. This section will focus on your area’s need for daycare services and the types of customers you expect to get.

Identification of customers is a vital part of a business plan and should include details like:

  • How many parents need childcare services?
  • What costs can families be expected to pay for your services
  • The community you will target
  • Demographic data for potential customers

With your customers in mind, you can focus on your marketing strategies. You want to differentiate yourself from competitors and ensure the community knows your new business. The daycare business plan must outline how you will achieve these goals.

A marketing strategy should combine both traditional and digital marketing methods, including:

  • Open houses
  • Word-of-mouth advertising
  • Advertisements in the paper or yellow pages
  • Billboards or other ads
  • Television, radio, or internet advertisements
  • Social media pages

5. SWOT Analysis

A SWOT analysis will address your daycare’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and potential threats. This analytical method examines your company and how it will operate.

It puts each of the four metrics into a visual matrix to help prospective business owners quickly identify favorable and unfavorable factors that may affect their business venture.

A SWOT analysis should focus on how your daycare services can perform against competitors. It may address factors like:

  • Any threats the daycare may face
  • Competitive advantages and why they would be successful
  • Areas that may be improved over time
  • Technology or resources the company may use to increase efficiency
  • Internal factors that may affect economic success

Detailed SWOT sections show investors you have done your homework and give you valuable data to make informed business choices.

6. Financials

A business plan should address the unique financial situation you face. Your daycare business plan should demonstrate your break-even amounts and expected profit margins.

It will also address the costs and the areas of revenue you expect. You will want to address the following:

  • Enrollment fees
  • Payment plans
  • Cost of supplies and materials
  • Employee costs
  • Regulatory costs
  • Additional program offerings and revenue
  • Necessary loans or capital improvements

A well-developed budget can demonstrate expected cash flows versus expected expenditures. Knowing how to handle these costs will be incredibly helpful in starting your daycare.

7. Operations

Your operational plan should outline specific procedures your business and staff will follow. It will list employees and those in management positions and their responsibilities.

As in your management section, a detailed “chain of command” is essential. Staff are an important part of your operations and should be detailed here.

One of the most important aspects of a daycare operation is its location. It would be best if you addressed the following:

  • The facility’s address
  • The type of area it is in (residential, commercial)
  • The space available and amenities
  • Why is it a prime location
  • Accessibility to the community for drop-off

You should also list your business hours and the services you will have available at different times. Child daycare centers differ in when they offer care—whether during the day, evenings, or even on weekends.

If you are doing other forms of daycare, you may even utilize late or overnight hours. You can decide how you run your business, but operations should be clearly outlined in your business plan.

8. Appendix

The appendix section allows you to include other documents that add to your business plan. They may include legal documents like licensing credentials, insurance information, and business formation documents.

Additional documents in this area are meant to support your business plan. The appendix might also include the following:

  • Reference letters
  • Photographs of the facility, locations, or general area
  • Market research data
  • Compliance Requirements

The appendix is a flexible section that lets you add supporting documents and other relevant information. Only add details that are helpful to your business plan. The appendix does not need to be lengthy or filled with fluff.

Legal Templates has the daycare business plan sample you need to construct your plan. With this sample at your disposal, you can formulate a business plan for your daycare to show to investors or for your purposes.

You may also use a business plan builder template to help you construct your daycare business plan step by step. See the sample below to help you get started.

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Do you want to start a daycare (childcare)? and need to write a business plan? If YES, here is a sample daycare business plan template & feasibility report.

Okay, so we have considered all the requirements for starting a daycare center . We also took it further by analyzing and drafting a sample daycare marketing plan template backed up by actionable guerrilla marketing ideas for child care centers.

It is the duty of every parent- especially the mothers to see to it that their kids are properly taken good care of. However, there are times when circumstances just makes this totally challenging, as there may not be the luxury of time available to them to sit closely with their children and monitor them.

That is one of the reasons why parents would always want to take their kids to a daycare center. The question therefore is: how reliable are day care centers in seeing that the children are totally given the best of care and attention?

Before the daycare businesses came into existence, parents who could afford the luxury of hiring a home nanny whom they thought were vast and experienced in the care of children. However, as things changed and the crime rates in some areas went haywire-where some folks gained entrance into the houses of people for the sole aim of robbing them, the daycare trend took over.

And ever since the emergence of this trade, we have come to see more and more people who have a penchant for kids, dive into the industry just to tap into the profits that the day care business offers.

What Does It Take to Start a Daycare Center Successfully?

More often than not, in some parts of the world we find that some folks begin a day care business after they have been successful with running a school.

Conversely, that is not to say that one couldn’t possibly start only a day care business. As a matter of fact, starting first with a day care center, helps to start on a right footing so that you are able to determine whether you will be able to have a school as an addendum business in the near future.

So, if you have scaled the hurdle of being in love with children, then starting your own day care business might be a smart business choice. Having this wish or aspiration as it were on the front burner of your mind, isn’t all that is required.

As a matter of fact there are legal necessities that you have got to tidy. As well as draw up a comprehensive business plan that will guide you as you start out and trudge ahead in business.

A Sample Daycare Center Business Plan Template

1. industry overview.

Day care business is one of the easy businesses that just about anyone who has a flare for kids could readily start. There is no doubt that as the zeal to make more money heightens with parents, then the need for newer and more seasoned day care centers to arise becomes highly important.

That is why investors are beginning to leverage on the high demand for day care services, to establish even better ones. As such, in all of the states of America, there is hardly one neighborhood that doesn’t have a day care centre.

The business is indeed a lucrative one and those who are into the trade of establishing them are smiling to the banks every day. However, that is not to water down the fact that loads of work has to be put in place in order to satisfy parents who use these daycare centers.

Whether you are looking to start a small or big one, truth is that there would always be the need to have kids put in these places. This is why some folks who do not have the wherewithal in terms of finance may choose to start from their homes, whilst some may want to start from very little spaces they get.

Over and above one bright ray of light as it concerns the day care business is that there is always room for expansion, as one learns on the job and then improves the services that one renders.

Setting up a day care business means that one would be dealings with little babies, and as such, care have got to be taken in order to hire not just mere employees, but to hire those who are way too vast in the trade and are capable to help the day care business to a great level.

There will always be the need to garner plenty of knowledge that would be useful in giving the children the very best of experience.

The returns on investment that one attracts here is so huge that one have just got to keep at doing those things that would continue to guarantee repeat customers as well as give the kids whom are being cared for a growth experience that they wouldn’t forget in a hurry.

2. Executive Summary

Tiny Thoughts ® is a foremost day care center in Ohio, America. It has the best of aims to prepare its pupils to come out tops in all they do- given that they would be the leaders of tomorrow. We propose to achieve this and more by merging an all exclusive curriculum custom-made explicitly for children.

Our type of curriculum is enriched with extra super child care services. This is nothing like what our competitors have to offer because we offer forward-thinking technology plans, after-school training, and activities that help the kids grow better. Activities such as; arts, dance, crafts, gymnastics, theatre, sports, amongst others.

Tiny Thoughts is a privately held establishment run by its owner, Mrs. Mary McGregor. Mrs. Mc Gregor has 10years of Educational training experience. As a matter of fact   she is a master’s degree holder of child psychology. So that when it comes to child management and psychology, she is always at the top of her game.

Her advanced degree in child psychology and interest in kids is the driving force behind the establishment of Tiny Thoughts . She will be supported in daily operations by another educationist and psychologist, amongst other employees.

With the inflation bane that continues to affect the American economy, there will always be the need for parents to work more than one job per time for additional income. It is for this reason that there will always be a need for excellent child care services.

With the least population of Ohio which is at 11.59 million people, there will always be the need to have capable day cares to cater for them. That is why we have decided to position our establishment so as to meet the teeming needs of parents who want the very best for their children.

At Tiny Thoughts , we leave no stone unturned to see that we put in place high- quality child care services, thorough bred educated instructors, as well as personal skills that will allow us compete well in our market . We shall also offer competitive price as part of one of our success factors so that we can attract all and sundry to our prestigious day care center.

Furthermore, we know the importance of having an excellent rapport with parents, and the community we serve, which is why we train and even retrain our workforce so that they bring the best of skills and attitude to the table at all times.

With the aforementioned points in place, we therefore do not intend to look for long before we attract customers as we go all-out to build a loyal customer base by offering the kids at the day care a very hospitable- yet educating experience in a comfortable and beneficial environment.

3. Our Products and Services

At Tiny Thoughts ®, we are first all about making the day care center a very conducive one. We are aware of the fact that some parents might hold back when it comes to the type of vicinity their kids will be put in; which is why we have taken time to research and learn the various ways to build a world class establishment. This we have done in the state of Ohio. Our services include the following;

  • Taking care of the infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • Cleaning the infants and toddlers up whilst they are dirty
  • Have all kids well fed when hungry
  • Keep them active with some extracurricular activities

4. Our Mission and Vision Statement

  • Our vision is to build a most standard day care business, where parents can unreservedly leave their kids in our hands, and be totally satisfied in the long run.
  • To establish an international standard day care center where kids can be groomed and prepared to be leaders of tomorrow.

Our Business Structure

Big establishments know that one of the greatest selling points is to have the best hands. As such; we plan to only hire the most competent and seasoned employees. This is particularly important since it is uttermost on our minds to run our day care center with an intercontinental approach. This means that we are looking to have all races enroll in our establishment.

We came up with outright buying our own building, instead of having to make do with a leased one. This is why we have resolved to have quite a number of employees to be on our payroll because of the ample room we have. Therefore, below is the type of structure we look to build our business on;

  • Chief Executive Officer (Owner)
  • Assistant Director

Administrative Assistant

  • Accountants / Cashiers
  • Infant room Supervisor

Toddler Room Supervisor

  • Preschool room supervisor

5. Job Roles and Responsibilities

Chief Executive Officer – CEO:

  • Responsible for providing direction for the business
  • Creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction – i.e. leading the development and implementation of the overall organization’s strategy.
  • Responsible for fixing prices and signing business deals.
  • Responsible for recruitment
  • Responsible for payment of salaries
  • Responsible for signing checks and documents on behalf of the company
  • Evaluates the success of the organization
  • Responsible for managing the daily activities in the day care center.
  • Ensures that all orders and guidelines given by the CEO are adequately carried out.
  • Interfaces with other employees
  • Reports to the Chief Executive Officer
  • Attends to Parent’s complaints and enquiries
  • Prepares budget and reports for the organization
  • Responsible for Training and Development in the day care center
  • Any other duty as assigned by the CEO

Assistant Director:

  • Responsible for assisting the director to carry out all that have been assigned by the CEO.
  • Ensures that all employees carry out the agenda of the day care center to the latter.
  • Responsible for quality control
  • Any other duty as assigned by the CEO and director

Accountant / Cashier:

  • Receives payments on behalf of Tiny Thoughts®
  • Issues receipt to customers
  • Prepare financial report at the end of every working Month
  • Handles all financial transaction on behalf of Tiny Thoughts
  • Interfaces with our bankers
  • Responsible for payment of tax, levies and utility bills
  • Any other duty as assigned by the CEO / Director
  • Assists the director in seeing to it that all the kids are thought are line
  • Ensures that all documents are safely kept
  • Handles customers enquiries and keeps all records of kids and employees well
  • Any other duty as assigned by the director

Infant Room Supervisor

  • Responsible for supervising the nannies that take care of the infants.
  • Makes sure that everything is in place
  • Reports to the Director
  • Relates with the nannies and cleaners
  • Carries out any other task as assigned by the superiors
  • Responsible for supervising the nannies that take care of the toddlers.

Preschool Room Supervisor

  • Responsible for all the kitchen activities at the center
  • Attends to the foods of all kids
  • Takes orders that will advance the establishment from the Director, CEO and others.
  • Responsible for cleaning the day care facility at all times
  • Washes the mugs, spoons and other utensils
  • Ensures that toiletries and supplies don’t run out of stock
  • Cleans both the interior and exterior of the daycare
  • Any other duty as assigned by the day care director.

6. SWOT Analysis

Our purpose of starting a daycare center is to compete favorably with other schools, and surpass them. We have also decided to have a test run on the business for a period of 5 years. This is to know how we are able to fare during this time, as well as to determine if we are to devote more resources, additional money, for the expansion of the business.

We shall start with just one center for now and then see how we are able to succeed despite the myriad of competition. In arriving at all these, we deemed it fit to employ the services of an expert who has helped us with conducting a SWOT analysis.

It was expedient that we did this, so as to ensure that we have what it takes to run a day care school and perhaps even build more branches. Here is a summary of the result from the SWOT Analysis that was conducted on behalf of Tiny Thoughts;

Our area of strength to a very large extent lies in the fact that the owner of our day center is well versed in child psychology. This is really a positive one for us, because we believe that we shall be able to really handle the kids that are put in our care, unlike some folks who have no background knowledge in education and psychology.

The perceived weakness for our business could be that we are starting out as newbies and it really isn’t easy to convince people to come and enroll their kids at the day care. This is why we have got to really work hard at our advertising strategies, as well as solidify how to seal deal with our potential clients.

  • Opportunities:

The fact that we intend to lower the fees involved in enrolling a kid at our daycare, seems to be one of the ways at which we will attract all and sundry. We are certain without a doubt that with the quality of our employees and services, we shall attract clients that would be highly satisfied with us.

Some of the threat our business may likely faced with might be a scenario where a kid has an illness and yet comes to the center. There may be likelihood that such an epidemic might spread to other kids. As such; this might not be nice because that might make some guardians want to withdraw their kids to a safer place.

7. MARKET ANALYSIS

  • Market Trends

In the united states of America, you will quite agree that there are lots of guardians who need to work almost round the clock to eke out a living for them and their families. As such and as stated earlier, the need for someone to care for the kids whilst working in non negotiable.

That is why there will always be the need to have kids at day care centers. Furthermore, there is no indication that the day care trade would plummet anytime soon based on the statistics of parents who work that is found by experts.

There is always a boom in this business all year round, as the weather or state of the economy has nothing to do with it. That is why the services being rendered by us have to be top notch at all times. We do not want to be found wanting in any area, that is why we are sure to invest a lot in training our employees at all times.

Our positioning, as is always the case of determining the amount of customers that patronize a business is of importance to us, which is why we have chosen to start from Ohio.

Despite the fact that there loads of day care businesses who have done so well for themselves in the past, we plan to not leave any stone unturned as we continue to work at better ways to make our services known to people. Part of the marketing and sales strategies to be adopted includes;

  • Commencing operation by first having a grand opening. This means that we will have a big party where we can invite those who reside in the neighborhood we propose to start out  from, as well as those from other neighborhoods.
  • Ensure that we have all our professional employees present at the party and if possible show them off.
  • Make use of attractive handbills to create awareness and also to give direction to potential clients
  • Position our signage / flexi banners at strategic places around the vicinity.
  • Advertise our day care center on business directories, magazines and yellow pages.

8. Our Target Market

When it comes to the day care business, of course our target market is the guardians and parents. That is why we have got to primarily focus on these types of people. The people we intend offering our services to are;

  • Corporate Executives
  • Business People
  • Sports Men and Women
  • Government Officials
  • Low class, middle class and high class people

Our Competitive Advantage

Going by the state where we have chosen to start from, we found that there are no day care centers in the vicinity we are, which is why if we are able to do our due diligence, and we are able to attract a crowd of customers there, then there is the possibility of hitting success in the first few years of operation.

We plan to run a standard day care business which is why we hired one of the leading business consultants to work with us in setting up our business. The business consultant we have hired has over 10 years of experience in business management and has successfully opened several day care businesses in major cities across the United States of America.

So far, there are clear indications that with what he has brought up, we shall no doubt do well and even surpass other businesses in the state. We believe that for us to have hired one of the experts in town, without a shadow of doubt, we will do exceptionally well when eventually we kick start.

9. SALES AND MARKETING STRATEGY

  • Sources of Income

Our sources of income for Tiny Thoughts is limited to the services of taking proper care of the children that have been placed in our care. However, we are not relenting when it comes to   opening different branches.

10. Sales Forecast

It is important to state that our sale forecast is based on the data gathered during our feasibility studies and also some of the assumptions readily available on the field. Below is the sales projection based on the location (Ohio), which already has an avalanche of day care schools.

  • 200 pupils per session

N.B : Our annual projected sales for TinyThoughts ® is put at about $4,800-$16,500, or $400 -$1,375 monthly per child. Over and above, as Tiny Thoughts gets established, our net profitability will likely witness a boom as that indeed is what we project.

  • Marketing Strategy and Sales Strategy

Tiny Thoughts will throw a grand opening party when it does start. One of the very unique things that we plan to do on that day is to; unveil some of the professionals and junior employees that we have. That is those who will help us get things started on the right footing.

Why is this a big one for us? It is a big one for us because parents will have an opportunity to interact with this people, as well as ask all the questions they want.

The location of our day care center is strategically positioned to attract ample customers with little or no effort from our own part, which is why we do not make provisions for marketing and sales executives in our company’s structure. In view of that, we are going to adopt the following strategies to ensure that we do not only attract customers but generate a high number of people;

  • Position our greeters to welcome parents and the kids as they arrive
  • Create a loyalty plan that will enable us reward our regular customers
  • Position our flexi banners at strategic positions all around the vicinity
  • Advertise our Tiny Thoughts Business on yellow pages magazines
  • Partner with child’/ education agencies to refer parents who are looking for a good day care center

11. Publicity and Advertising Strategy

When it comes to publicity and advertising, we have a low budget for it simply because our business is located in a place that can easily attract the numbers of customers we would need with little or no stress on our own part.

But for the fact that we hope to someday in the near future have more branches, we have decided to create a budget for publicity and advertisement for the major aim of introducing our brand in the market place. Everything that we will do in this regard is geared towards communicating our brand. Here are the platforms we intend leveraging on to promote and advertise our business;

  • Place adverts on both print (travel magazines) and electronic media platforms
  • Sponsor relevant educational community programs
  • Leverage on the internet and social media platforms like; Instagram, Facebook , twitter, et al to promote our brand
  • Install our Bill Boards on strategic locations
  • Distribute our fliers and handbills in target areas where guardians can be found.
  • Position our Flexi Banners at strategic positions around the airport

12. Our Pricing Strategy

When it comes to fixing prices for our services, we will ensure that we set pricing in line with what is available in the day care trade.

We are very aware that we have got to lower our price so that we will be able to attract customers like never before as we seek to gain recognition as newbies. When this is achieved, then bottom line is that our customers will derive real satisfaction when they bring their kids to us.

  • Payment Options

Our payment policy is all inclusive because we are quite aware that different people prefer different payment options as it suits them. Here are the payment options that will be available in every of our outlets;

  • Payment by cash
  • Payment via Point of Sale (POS) Machine
  • Payment via online bank transfer (online payment portal)
  • Payment via Mobile money

In view of the above, we have chosen banking platforms that will help us achieve our plans without any itches.

13. Startup Expenditure (Budget)

This is the key area where we will spend our start – up capital;

  • The Total Fee for Registering the Business in Ohio: $750.
  • Legal expenses for obtaining licenses and permits as well as the accounting services totaling $1,300.
  • Marketing promotion expenses for the grand opening of Coffee4All® in the amount of $3,500 and as well as flyer printing (2,000 flyers at $0.04 per copy) for the total amount of $3,580.
  • Cost for hiring Consultant – $2,500.
  • Insurance (general liability, workers’ compensation and property casualty) coverage at a total premium – $2,400.
  • Cost for payment of rent for 12 month at $1.76 per square feet in the total amount of $52,800.
  • Cost for building remodeling – $25,000.
  • Other start-up expenses including stationery ( $500 ) and phone and utility deposits ( $2,500 ).
  • Operational cost for the first 3 months (salaries of employees, payments of bills et al) – $60,000
  • The cost for Start-up inventory – $16,027
  • The cost for office supplies (one month) – $287
  • Daycare hardware ( bins, utensil rack, shelves, food case ) – $3,720
  • Cost for client reception area equipment ( plates, glasses, flatware ) – $3,000
  • Cost for equipment ( cash register, security, ventilation, signage ) – $13,750
  • Office equipment and furniture – $3,600
  • The cost for the purchase of furniture and gadgets (Computers, Printers, Telephone, TVs, tables and chairs et al): $4,000.
  • The cost of Launching a Website: $600
  • The cost for our opening party: $5,000
  • Miscellaneous: $2,500

We would need an estimate of about $100,000 to successfully set up our day care business. The amount includes the salary of all employees and the CEO (Owner) for 3 months.

Generating Funding / Startup Capital for our Daycare Business

Tiny Thoughts is a private business that is solely owned by Mrs. Mary McGregor and she does not have the intention of welcoming any external partners except immediate family members which is why she has decided to restrict the sourcing of her start – up capital to 3 major sources. These are the areas we intend generating our start – up capital;

  • Generate part of the start – up capital from personal savings
  • Source for soft loans from family members and friends
  • Apply for loan from my Bank

N.B : We have been able to generate about $60,000 ( Personal savings $40,000 and soft loan from family members $20,000 ) and we are at the final stage of obtaining a loan facility of $80,000 from our bank. All the papers and document has been signed and submitted, the loan has been approved and any moment from now our account will be credited and we will be able to execute all the things that needs to be executed.

14. Sustainability and Expansion Strategy

Our plans of establishing Tiny Thoughts is basically to test – run the Day care trade. We have decided to start our first outlet in a competitive location like Ohio.

Although we don’t have the intention of running chains of day care centers now, but we have plans to set up branches in years to come. It is pertinent to state that we shall not allow our standard operating process to drop so that we do not lose our loyal customers.

Check List / Milestone

  • Business Name Availability Check:>Completed
  • Business Registration: Completed
  • Opening of Corporate Bank Accounts: Completed
  • Securing Point of Sales (POS) Machines: Completed
  • Obtaining of health permit : Completed
  • Opening Mobile Money Accounts: Completed
  • Opening Online Payment Platforms: Completed
  • Application and Obtaining Tax Payer’s ID: In Progress
  • Application for business license and permit: Completed
  • Purchase of Insurance for the Business: Completed
  • Purchasing a building and remodeling it: In Progress
  • Conducting Feasibility Studies: Completed
  • Generating capital from family members: Completed
  • Applications for Loan from the bank: In Progress
  • writing of business plan: Completed
  • Drafting of Employee’s Handbook: Completed
  • Drafting of Contract Documents and other relevant Legal Documents: In Progress
  • Design of The Company’s Logo: Completed
  • Graphic Designs and Printing of Packaging Marketing / Promotional Materials: In Progress
  • Recruitment of employees: In Progress
  • Purchase of the Needed furniture, beddings, toys, electronic appliances, office appliances and other equipment: In progress
  • Creating Official Website for the day care center: In Progress
  • Creating Awareness for the business both online and around the neighborhood of location: In Progress
  • Health and Safety and Fire Safety Arrangement (License): Secured
  • Opening party / launching party planning: In Progress

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PDF Templates: Your Starting Point for Senior Day Care Business Planning

Starting a senior daycare center is a noble endeavor with the potential to improve the lives of older people and their families significantly. Embarking on this journey, however, necessitates more than just compassion; it necessitates precise planning, smart thought, and a clear itinerary. This is where the effectiveness of a well-written business strategy comes into play.

To effectively start your business planning process, you should begin by accessing PDF templates from websites like Bplans, Score, and Small Business Administration (SBA). These platforms offer a range of resources to assist in creating a comprehensive business plan tailored to your senior day care center venture.

In this article, we’ll look at how a business plan in PDF format may help guide the formation and growth of senior day care centers, and how these templates can help shape the future of these vital caring institutions.

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The Importance of a Business Plan

PDF Templates: Your Starting Point for Senior Day Care Business Planning

A carefully prepared business plan is the foundation of a senior day care center, providing a detailed blueprint for achievement. This comprehensive blueprint encompasses a plethora of critical components that jointly determine the center’s journey. A well-structured business plan orchestrates all of these facets into a coherent whole, from articulating overarching goals to delineating intricate strategies, from defining the precise target market to conducting a thorough analysis of competitors, from projecting financial trajectories to meticulously detailing operational intricacies.

A strong business plan serves as a constant guiding companion throughout the senior daycare center’s lifecycle, in addition to its immediate purpose of securing funds. It evolves from a static document to a dynamic instrument that enables decision-making, measures progress, and remains flexible to the market’s ever-changing contours. With the ups and downs of the corporate landscape, this blueprint serves as a sentinel, providing a steady point of reference against which adjustments can be calibrated.

Every component of the company plan serves an important purpose. The clarity of expressed goals fuels motivation and direction, strategy definition provides a framework for action, target market identification sharpens focus, and competition analysis findings pave the path for strategic distinction. Financial projections provide tangibility to ambitions and guide fiscal decisions, while operational details guarantee that vision is seamlessly translated into practice.

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Starting Right: Accessing PDF Templates

To begin the process of creating a business plan for your senior day care center, you must first equip yourself with the necessary resources. The first step in this quest is to obtain the necessary resources to streamline your efforts. A plethora of websites emerge as invaluable companions in this journey in the digital era, assisting entrepreneurs from many sectors to explain their objectives concisely. Prominent platforms such as Bplans, Score, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) acknowledge the distinct demands of various businesses and provide a profusion of PDF templates precisely crafted to meet these specific criteria.

The usefulness of these templates stems from their ability to distill the complex art of business planning into an organized framework. This not only speeds up the process but also provides a large canvas on which to paint a rich portrait of your senior day care center’s goals. By accepting these templates, you go on a trip with a road map, guaranteeing that no critical aspect is overlooked inadvertently.

These templates help you save time, which is a valuable resource in the world of entrepreneurship. They efficiently divert your efforts away from format structuring and into content production, allowing you to focus your creative energy on developing the intricacies of your senior day care center’s distinct personality.

The commitment of these platforms to assisting entrepreneurs goes beyond basic templates. They frequently offer additional tools, guidelines, and even mentorship possibilities, improving your understanding of the complex environment of company planning. This understanding enhances your capacity to get the most out of the templates, resulting in a business plan that smoothly blends organized professionalism with personalized innovation.

Bplans: Tailored Templates for Every Business

Bplans is a well-known and vital tool that serves as a lighthouse for entrepreneurs looking for a plethora of information to help them streamline their business planning efforts. One of its unique products is a vast collection of PDF templates catering to a wide range of businesses, including the specialist domain of senior daycare. These precisely developed and maintained templates emerge as powerful tools to assist the complex process of company planning, while assiduously addressing the particular requirements of each sector.

Entrepreneurs interested in elder daycare will find a treasure trove of pre-structured templates within the bounds of Bplans’ repository. These templates include not only a practical format but also the priceless value of pre-filled samples and well-articulated guidelines. This combination of structure and content serves a twofold purpose: it not only prepares entrepreneurs to understand the blueprint of a business plan, but it also gives them a tangible, real-world understanding of the complexities involved.

When business owner downloads a senior daycare center business plan template on Bplans, they are greeted with an arrangement of sections that have been precisely chosen to cover the gamut of critical elements. These sections cover the vast landscape of business strategy, including executive summaries that are succinct yet impactful, in-depth market analyses that serve as compasses for strategic navigation, keen insights into competitors that facilitate differentiation, innovative marketing strategies that resonate with the audience, operational complexities that turn vision into practice, and the all-important financial projections that breathe life into aspirations.

The genius of these templates lies in their capacity to serve as nimble launchpads. They release entrepreneurs from the time-consuming work of building the plan itself, allowing them to focus their resources on the fine art of customizing. This artistic endeavor entails painstakingly weaving the various threads of their particular corporate concept into the tapestry supplied by the template.

Score: Expert Mentorship in Template Form

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Score, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurs, is a steadfast supply of not only tools but also customized mentorship, forming a reservoir of support aimed to guide individuals toward growth in their entrepreneurial efforts. A virtual treasure trove — a collection of business plan templates spanning a wide range of industries, including the specialist domain of senior day care centers — is at the heart of Score’s diverse offers. These templates are not arbitrary constructs; seasoned business executives and mentors have rigorously vetted them to ensure that a solid foundation of knowledge supports your journey.

The intrinsic usefulness of Score’s templates is in their versatility. These templates are more than just placeholders for information; they also function as vehicles for comprehension and empowerment. As you navigate the maze of company planning, you will be met with prompts and elucidations, each meant to reveal the value of each specific section. This pedagogical method is especially useful if you are still in the early phases of your business acumen. The step-by-step direction provided by these templates not only results in a clear business plan but also conveys knowledge, encouraging a comprehensive understanding of the process.

Score’s templates serve as compasses for anyone entering into the uncharted realm of business planning, guiding beginners with steadfast precision. The activity’s intricacy is reduced to small chunks, making the seemingly overwhelming process approachable. The insights generated by the combination of professional experience and mentorship provide a lifeline of confidence and direction. Even if the complexities of writing a business plan remain a mystery, these templates serve as a bridge of understanding, a framework upon which you can safely build your narrative.

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Small Business Administration (SBA): Government-Backed Guidance

The Small Business Administration (SBA), a vital United States government agency defending the cause of small businesses and fledgling startups, is an unrelenting supporter of entrepreneurial initiatives. Its internet domain is a treasure trove of materials, and its business plan templates shine as beacons of practical instruction within this treasure trove. In the world of senior day care centers, these templates play a vital role, meticulously created to match industry standards and provide a solid framework for developing your business strategy.

The SBA’s templates are distinguished by their emphasis on financial projections and analysis. The trajectory of any firm is inextricably linked to its financial health, and these templates are aware of this fact. They go beyond typical company plans to guide entrepreneurs to a realm of financial clarity and strategic accuracy. These templates provide a panoramic picture of the financial landscape your senior daycare center will traverse by guiding you through the difficult process of creating realistic revenue predictions, accurately calculating expenses, and conducting complete break-even analysis.

The importance of this financial factor cannot be emphasized, particularly when pursuing possible investors, lenders, or collaborating partners. These stakeholders, who have a vested interest in your enterprise, are looking for more than simply visionary prose; they want clarity on the financial viability and profitability of your senior daycare center venture. The SBA’s templates address this underlying need by giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to describe and substantiate their financial expectations.

Customizing the Template to Your Vision

While PDF templates are available on platforms such as Bplans, Score, and SBA, it’s critical to know that your senior day care center’s business plan must be a direct expression of your unique vision and objectives. These templates are useful guides that provide a structured beginning point, but they should be viewed as changeable frameworks that will be transformed to accurately express the spirit of your endeavor.

The flexibility of these templates is what makes them so appealing. As you engage on the road of customizing the template to fit the identity of your senior day care center, you are challenged with a twin responsibility: to honor the framework provided by the template while imbuing it with the spirit of your particular aims. Every part, from executive summaries to financial projections, has the opportunity to be customized to correspond with the specific services of your center, the nuances of your chosen target group, and the complexities of the geographical area in which you operate.

This customization process is similar to sculpting in that it entails chiseling away the unnecessary to uncover the essential essence of your business concept. Each change to the template should be thoughtful, and motivated by a thorough grasp of your senior day care center’s capabilities, values, and competitive advantage. It’s not just a matter of filling in the gaps, but of breathing life into the template’s structure and transforming it into a live document that pulsates with the energy of your idea.

Expect a dynamic interplay between the template’s structure and your company’s unique characteristics as you go through this customizing process. The template serves as a framework, ensuring that no critical aspect is overlooked, while your thoughts and creativity lift it from a generic outline to a unique tale. This collaboration guarantees that your senior day care center’s business plan becomes a powerful instrument that not only explains your plans and projections but also captures the very essence of your entrepreneurial adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

PDF Templates: Your Starting Point for Senior Day Care Business Planning

Why is a business plan necessary when establishing a senior daycare center?

A business strategy acts as a road map for the growth of your senior daycare center. It contains information about your objectives, strategy, target market, financial estimates, and operational data. It is critical for collecting finance, making educated decisions, and reacting to market changes, ensuring your venture’s long-term productivity.

How can use PDF templates from websites such as Bplans, Score, and SBA aid in the creation of a business plan?

These platforms provide ready-to-use business plan templates designed specifically for senior daycare centers. These templates provide a systematic framework for you to follow as you go through essential parts like market analysis, marketing strategies, operational plans, and financial predictions. They save you time and ensure that you cover all of the important areas of your company strategy.

Can I modify the templates to reflect the particular concept of my senior daycare center?

Absolutely. While the templates are a good starting point, you should customize them to match your center’s offerings, target demographic, and location-specific characteristics. Customization enables you to highlight your center’s unique assets while also aligning the business plan with your aims and values.

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April 14, 2022

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Starting a daycare business can be a daunting task. There are so many things to think about and plan for. You need to find the perfect location, get the right licenses and permits, hire qualified staff, and, most importantly, create a daycare business plan. 

Creating a daycare business plan is one of the most important steps in starting your business. A well-thought-out business plan will help you get funding, attract investors, and operate your business effectively. 

The bad news is that there is a lot of advice out there on writing a business plan. With so much information and tons of daycare business plan examples to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. 

The good news is, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll give you a comprehensive guide on how to write a daycare business plan. We will also provide some examples and a free daycare business plan template to get you started. 

But First...Is a Daycare a Good Business to Start? 

Before we talk about how to create a daycare business plan, let's first answer the question: is starting a daycare a good business to get into? 

The answer is a resounding yes! The daycare industry is growing rapidly. It is one of the few businesses that are not only recession-proof but also thrives in uncertain economic times. 

According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), the demand for child care services has increased by 26% over the last decade. This demand is only expected to grow in the coming years. 

When it comes to profitability, the daycare industry is very attractive. According to IBISWorld , the average profit margin for a daycare business is around 15%. That's higher than the average for most other industries! 

If you're thinking about starting a daycare business, know that you are getting into a very profitable and in-demand industry. Now let's talk about how to write a daycare business plan that will help you start and grow your business successfully.

How to Create a Daycare Business Plan 

A daycare business plan is as simple as a word document with the following sections:

  • Business Description
  • Market Analysis

Business Model

  • Location and Facility
  • Marketing Plan
  • Financial Plan

Executive Summary

This article will provide context of what to include in each section of your daycare business plan. As you work on writing your business plan, you will want to grab our daycare financial projection template as well in order to complete the financial plan section.

Your daycare business plan should be an elevator pitch in itself. It should be attractive to potential partners and investors. Basically, it should give them a clear idea of your business, where it is located, what services you offer, who your target market is, and how you plan to make money. 

Creating a daycare business plan doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, the cheapest and easiest approach is to simply start with a blank word document and work through each of the above sections, it can be pretty easy. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create a daycare business plan: 

Create a Compelling Business Description

Your daycare business's unique selling point (USP) should be the first thing you include in your business plan. What is it that makes your daycare center different from all the others? 

This description should be the foundation of your marketing efforts as well.

There are a few questions you should answer in your company description. They include:

What's your Curriculum Based On?

Potential investors, partners, and even customers will be interested in knowing what your curriculum is based on. This will help them understand the environment children will be in a while under your care. 

When describing your curriculum, make sure to include:

  • What age ranges do you cater for?
  • The type of care you offer (full-time, part-time, drop-in) 
  • Your educational philosophy 
  • The activities and programs you offer 

For example, if your daycare is unique by offering a Montessori curriculum, you will want to highlight that.  In fact, you can learn more about how to start a Montessori program here . 

How Big is Your Facility? 

The size of your facility will say a lot about the type of operation you're running. Are you a small, home-based daycare or a large center with multiple classrooms? 

This section of your business plan may include: 

  • A floor plan of your facility 
  • The capacity of your facility 
  • The number of employees you have 
  • Type of equipment and furniture you have 

Who Is Your Target Market? 

You can't market to everyone, so you must identify your target market. This will help you focus your marketing efforts and ensure that you're reaching the right people. 

Below is a daycare business plan example that shows how your business description should be:

“ABC Daycare is a small, home-based daycare located in San Francisco, CA. We cater to children aged 0-12 years old and offer full-time, part-time, and drop-in care. 
Our curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia approach, emphasizing hands-on learning and collaboration. Activities and programs include arts and crafts, music, and outdoor play. 
Our facility can accommodate up to 12 children at a time. We have a staff of four employees who are all CPR and First Aid certified. 
Our target market is working parents in the city who need quality child care but can't afford the rates of larger daycare centers.  We've created an affordable subscription-based pricing model for our target market to fulfill the demand. We generate revenue through monthly subscriptions and have low operating costs due to our small size. 
Our suppliers are local businesses that provide us with food, toys, and other supplies.” 

Do a Thorough Market Analysis

After writing a compelling description of your business, you need to do a thorough marketing analysis. This analysis will help you determine your target market, what type of advertising and promotion will work best, and how to price your services. 

You should also research the competition and see what they are doing right and wrong. This information will be invaluable as you create your daycare business plan.

Keep these things in mind when doing a market analysis:

The Size of Your Market

This is determined by the number of potential customers in your area who need or want your services. 

For example, if you live in a small town with only a few thousand people, there may not be enough demand to support a large daycare facility. 

On the other hand, if you live in a city with hundreds of thousands of people, there may be room for multiple daycare facilities. 

Your target market is the segment of the population that is most likely to use your services. This includes factors like age, income, education, and location. 

After you've identified your target market, you need to show how you plan on fulfilling the demand. This is where your business model comes in. 

Your business model is a detailed description of how your daycare will operate daily. It should include: 

  • How do you plan on acquiring customers? 
  • What are your pricing strategies? 
  • How will you generate revenue? 
  • What are your operating costs? 
  • Who are your suppliers? 

Your business model should be detailed and easy to understand. It should also be realistic and achievable. 

Here is a daycare business plan example of a business model for a small daycare center: 

“The daycare will be open Monday through Friday from six in the morning to six at night. We will offer care for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. 
Our rates will be $50 per week for one child and $40 per week for each additional child from the same family. We will offer a discount of $20 per week for families who enroll their children for an entire year. 
We will generate revenue by charging weekly rates for our services. Our operating costs will include rent, utilities, supplies, and salaries for our employees. Also, we will acquire customers through online advertising and word-of-mouth.” 

As you can see, a business model is a detailed description of how your business will operate. It's essential to have one in place before promoting and selling your services. 

One thing you should not forget to include in your daycare business plan is the location of your business and your rental agreement. If you are renting a space, including the terms of your agreement and how long you have the space. If you are purchasing a property, include information on the property, such as square footage and any special features that will help your business stand out. 

This daycare business plan example shows you how to include this vital information: 

“The daycare will be located at 123 Main Street in a commercial space currently leased by the owner. The lease agreement is for three years with an option to renew for an additional three years. The monthly rent is $2000, and the security deposit is $3000. 
The daycare will have exclusive use of the main floor, including a large open play area, a small kitchen, two bathrooms, and four classrooms. The daycare will also have access to the outdoor playground.
80% of our space will be used for childcare, with the other 20% used for our administrative offices and staff lounge. 
We have chosen this location because it is close to several residential neighborhoods and has easy access to public transportation. The space is also large enough to accommodate our future growth.” 

There are many daycare business plan templates you can use to help you get started. This is a basic outline of what should be included.

Daycare Marketing Plan

Most daycare business plan templates will include a section for your marketing plan. Most people overlook the marketing aspect of their business, but it is one of the most important pieces of your puzzle. 

In your business plan, you need to outline your target market, your marketing strategies, and how you plan on executing those strategies. 

You also need to set aside a budget for your marketing efforts. Many people make the mistake of thinking that they don't need to spend money on marketing, but that couldn't be further from the truth. 

The following daycare business plan example shows you how you should describe your marketing efforts:

"Our target market is working for families with children between six weeks and five years old. We will reach our target market through online and offline marketing efforts. 
Some of the offline marketing strategies we will use include print advertising, flyers, and word-of-mouth referrals. We will use a mix of SEO, content marketing, and social media for online marketing. 
We have set aside a budget of $500 per month for our marketing efforts."

As you can see from the example above, your marketing plan should be clear, concise, and to the point. Don't forget to include a budget!

Daycare Financial Plan

Your business plan should include a financial plan section. This is where you'll lay out how much money you need to start or grow your business. Be specific and include dollar amounts. If you're seeking a loan, including information on how much you're requesting and how you'll use the funds.

You should also include a detailed budget in your business plan. Your budget should include all of your projected income and expenses for at least the first year of operation. Creating a budget will help you get a clear picture of what it will cost to start and operate your business.

This section should include projected costs for:

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Operating expenses such as utilities, supplies, and more. 

Startup costs are another vital item to include in your business plan. This is the money you need to purchase equipment, furniture, or any other items to get your business up and running.

If you plan to secure a loan, your lender will want to see a detailed business plan with information on how you plan to use the loan funds. Ensure you include this information in your business plan to increase your chances of securing funding.

If you're seeking funding from investors, you'll need to include information on how they will be compensated. This is typically done through equity, a percentage ownership stake in your business. 

For example, if you seek $100,000 in funding and offer a 20% equity stake, the investor will own 20% of your business. 

Make sure you use a daycare business plan template that includes a section on funding to ensure you include all the necessary information. If you’re planning to get a loan or seek investment, you’re going to need full financial projections. Our daycare financial model will provide up to 5 years of projected income statements, cash flow and balance sheet forecasts.

Next I want to answer some key financial questions for you as you consider how to forecast your daycare financials. I am going to hit on:

  • Daycare Startup Costs
  • Daycare Revenue 
  • Daycare Facility Operating Expenses
  • Daycare Profitability

Let’s dive into some key questions. 

How much does it cost to start a daycare? 

It costs between $10,000 and $50,000 to start an in-home daycare business according to Bizfluent . 

It costs between $59,000 and $3 million dollars to start a daycare facility according to Bizfluent . 

So obviously this is a huge range in startup costs.  The main thing that will determine your startup costs is your daycare facility.  Depending on how large your daycare is, whether you are buying, building, or leasing the space, and how much renovation needs to be done, your startup costs can vary drastically.  

Some tips to help you estimate a cost of a daycare facility:

  • A daycare facility should have 35 square feet of open floor space indoors per child. 
  • So if you wanted a facility that could care for 100 children you would need 3,500 square feet of indoor space for children, plus additional space for offices, kitchen, bathrooms, etc.  Let’s assume that you would need at least 5,000 square feet of space for a daycare facility that served 100 children.  
  • A daycare center would cost at least $295 per square foot to construct in the U.S. based on data from Levelset . 
  • Constructing a new 5,000 square foot daycare center would likely cost at least $1,475,000 based on $295 per square foot.  
  • Now you might not be constructing new, rather you might rent an existing facility which could require renovations.  You will need to get a specific quote for the specific renovations that you need for your space. 

How much revenue can a daycare business make?

A daycare facility can generate $17,680 in revenue per year per child according to Zippia .  

A daycare business with 100 children can generate over $1.75 million per year in annual revenue based on our average revenue per child of $17,680. 

How much does daycare cost?

The average cost of daycare is $17,680 per year, per child in the U.S. according to Zippia . 

This means that the average monthly cost of daycare in the U.S. is roughly $1,475.

What is the typical child to staff ratio for a daycare? 

The typical child to staff ratios for a daycare are:

  • 1 adult staff for every 4 infants (age 0 to 12 months)
  • 1 adult staff for every 6 toddlers (age 1 to 3 years)
  • 1 adult staff for every 10 pre schoolers (age 3 to 5 years)
  • 1 adult staff for every 12 school aged children (5+ years old)

Source - Childcare.gov

These ratios will help you estimate how many staff members you will need.  Our financial projection template makes this easy.  Just enter in your ratios and the number of children you expect to have in each age group and the model will automatically calculate the number of staff required to maintain your ratios.  See the input daycare staffing table below:

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What are the typical operating costs for a daycare? 

Your largest operating expense for a daycare facility is likely to be your rent. 

It should cost between $20 and $30 per square foot to rent a daycare center space based on available spaces on Loopnet . 

Other operating costs for a daycare center include:

You can see how you can enter in your operating costs into our financial model below:

sample day care business plan

How much profit can a daycare make? 

The average daycare profit margin is 6.5% according to Daycare Business Boss . 

Once you complete your projections you will want to take a look at our At a Glance tab to make sure that your projected profit margins aren’t way out of line with the industry norms.  You can find projected profit margins for your daycare below:

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This is an important aspect that you may not find in most daycare business plan templates, but it's still essential. An appendix includes any additional information to help you understand your business plan. This might include things like your:

  • Business licenses 
  • Insurance policy 
  • Lease agreement 
  • Sample contracts 
  • Staff bios 

This section adds credibility to your daycare business plan and shows that you've done your homework. Including all of the necessary details in your appendix will give investors peace of mind and show that you're serious about starting a daycare center.

An executive summary is a brief overview of your business plan and is often considered the most important section. It should be two pages long, with a clear description of your business, your goals, and why you will achieve them.

There are several key elements to include in your executive summary:

  • Business Name: This is the name you have chosen for your business.
  • Location: Include the city, state, and country where your business will be located.
  • Business description: Describe what type of business you will be operating.
  • Target market : This is the group of people you will be targeting as customers.
  • Competition: Who are your competitors, and how will you compete with them?
  • Product or service : What product or service will you be offering?
  • Sales and marketing: How will you generate sales?
  • Financials: Include a five-year income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.
  • Management team: Introduce your management team and their experience.
  • Exit strategy : This is the plan for how you will eventually sell or otherwise exit the business in case you decide to retire or move on to other projects.

The executive summary is the most crucial section of your business plan because it gives investors and lenders a quick overview of your company and its prospects. Be sure to include all of the key elements listed above, and keep it under two pages in length.

What Are The Benefits of Creating a Daycare Business Plan?

Research shows that a business plan helps business owners make better decisions, turn abstract goals into tangible objectives, and track progress over time. But what does this mean for those who want to open a daycare? 

Creating a business plan forces you to think through every step of starting your company. It's a valuable exercise that can save you time and money in the long run. Even if you don't end up following your business plan to a tee, the process of writing it will help you better understand your business and what needs to be done to make it successful. 

There are many benefits to creating a daycare business plan, including: 

Gives You a Roadmap to Follow

As with any journey, it's always helpful to have a map. A business plan is that map for your daycare business. It will give you a clear idea of where you want to go and how you can get there. 

Helps You Secure Funding

A business plan is essential if you're looking for investors or loans. It will show potential lenders and investors that you've put thought into your business and have a solid strategy for making it successful. 

Ensures Your Daycare Business is Feasible

When you're starting a business, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and overlook potential problems. A business plan forces you to take a step back and assess whether your business is truly viable. It also helps you identify any areas where additional research is needed. 

Final Thoughts

A daycare business plan is a valuable tool to help you make your business successful. 

It is worth noting that your business plan is not a one-time exercise but should be updated regularly as your business grows and changes. This document is meant to be a living document that evolves as your business does. 

If you're unsure where to start, there are plenty of resources available to help you, including daycare business plan examples online, books, and daycare business plan templates. 

You can also use our daycare projection template to get your financial plan ironed out and ready for your business plan.

The most important thing is just to get started. The sooner you create your business plan, the better prepared you will be for success.

You can get the Daycare Facility financial projection template here!

The template is simple to use and will save you loads of time while still producing professional looking daycare projections. ProjectionHub has helped more than 50,000 businesses create financial projections so you can be confident that you can do it too.

The daycare business projection template includes:

5 Year Daycare Facility Pro Forma Financial Statements

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Compatible with Google Sheets

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The template is easy to use and you do not need to be an excel wizard to fill it out. Editable cells are highlighted in blue, a video guide is included, and our team is available to answer any questions you have.

You can see the complete walkthrough and demonstration of the daycare business forecast template here:

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