This isn’t intended to be a debate post, just one to inform you of the differences of starting a daycare vs. starting a preschool so you can be fully educated before you make your decision on which business to start. I hope you find it helpful! I would love to read your comments below!
Please take note that while I personally chose the preschool route, other women choose to do daycare because they love babies. So there’s positives in both situations!
The major differences between a preschool and a daycare are:
THE CHILDREN’S AGES:
- DAYCARES take care of children ages 0-5 full-time or part-time and then usually offer some sort of after-school or before-school care for older children as well.
- PRESCHOOLS only teach children ages 3-5.
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THE HOURS OF OPERATION:
- DAYCARES usually stay open 12 hours a day: 6am-6pm.
- PRESCHOOL TEACHERS usually teach for 2-3 hours because they make their own schedule. They can teach only 5 hours a week, or as much as 5 hours a day, depending on how much they want to earn.
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- DAYCARES usually have weekly contracts which allow for a high turnover rate, which could cause a daycare to have to pay a lot of money in advertising to keep the daycare full.
- PRESCHOOLS require a 9- or 12-month contract just like a school, so the turnover rate is almost obsolete because preschools are in such high demand and parents know they are committing to a lengthy period of time.
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THE DAYS OFF:
- DAYCARE PROVIDERS don’t get vacation days except for the actual holiday days.
- PRESCHOOL TEACHERS get paid vacation during the school year because they run on the school district’s schedule. So if elementary children get 2 weeks vacation for Christmas, so do preschool teachers. Teachers also get 3 months non-paid vacation during the summer (or you can run a summer camp and get paid too).
We also teach you my #1 most catchy way of saying “You’re paying me to go on vacation,” that makes parents nod their heads and say, “Oh, that’s a great idea!”
THE FURNITURE COSTS TO START:
- DAYCARES can cost anywhere from $1K-$3K to start up, depending on your home or center, and also depending on how much you already own. Think about cots/cribs/high chairs/playpens/baby swings/etc.
- PRESCHOOLS only cost about $200 because they don’t require as much furniture. In most cases, you only need a table and chairs, and lots of floor space. Teachers can use their own kitchen table, as well as their own living room floor to accommodate most of the activities.
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I hope these comparisons have helped you as you choose whether you should start a daycare or a preschool.