I have been prompted to write this article by the many ongoing enquiries I receive from intending purchasers and developers of childcare centres about how to obtain a ‘Licence’ to operate a childcare centre. These potential childcare centre operators typically call when they are in the final stages of negotiations to purchase a currently operating centre or to lease an almost completed building. When I convey to them the processes of obtaining this ‘Licence’ and the timeframes involved, their excitement is usually replaced by disbelief. Surprisingly and, more often than not, the other stakeholders (e.g. vendors of the childcare centre in question) are also caught by surprise. The delays that result from their misconception can be frustrating and costly.
It seems like there is an app for almost everything these days. Apps are great, they are simple to use and can be accessed from anywhere. Let’s be honest, no one is ever very far away from their smart phone at any time.
Australia is set to experience a mini baby boom in the coming years, with the childcare industry expected to experience an annualised growth rate of 14.3%, according to figures released by IBISWorld.
Features of a Good Quality Childcare Centre A lot is said within the industry about providing a quality childcare service, but perhaps it is a good time to think about what that really means? As childcare providers, we need to take a two-pronged approach: we need to provide high-quality childcare and we need…