A daycare director oversees the day-to-day operations of a daycare center. The daycare center not only provides parents with adult supervision of their children, but they are often expected to offer early childhood education programs to prepare the child for kindergarten and elementary school. It is the job of the daycare director to ensure that these expectations are met in a safe and nurturing environment.
As an administrator, the daycare director interviews and hires teachers for the center. They assist with any training and offer frequent performance evaluations. The daycare director often designs a system of educational programs for the children under their care and then oversees how that program is taught by teachers. Additionally, the daycare director oversees the facility at which the child care is provided; this normally includes daily inspections of all areas where children will be present for safety concerns. The director assesses all repair and maintenance needs and sees they are carried out promptly. The director helps develop a budget and establishes fees and tuition for the center, and they ensure the daycare facility has all necessary supplies and equipment to successful administer the programs designed by the director.
To work as a daycare director, a person must typically posses at least a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field. Most daycare facilities also look for extensive teaching and administrative experience before considering a person for this position. Daycare directors typically work early mornings until evenings. They typically have offices in an early childhood educational environment, but they also spend hands-on time with teachers and children as well.
Daycare Director Tasks
Oversee day-to-day operations including human resources, quality assurance, and facility operations.
Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate daycare employees to ensure optimal center operations.
Manage the financial aspect of business by creating budgets and ensuring that those budgets are realistic and adhered to.
Act as liaison between staff and families, providing high-quality customer service.