Opening a New Nursery
Opening a New Nursery
by: HoneyB - 12-10-09 17:20
Hi all... I'm new to this site.
We're due to open early next Spring, if anyone has any advice on how to keep general overhead costs down without compromising to much on quality of service, it would be greatly appreciated.
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 13-10-09 15:54
I'm no expert but if I owned a nursery (just a mere worker) I would try the following:
Simple things like turning off lights when not in use.
Taps in the children's bath which stop flowing after a certain amount of time.
Not opening the windows when it's to hot and leaving the radiators on.
Limit snack to small portions (it is only snack, after all) When buying groceries shop around, look into local produce, as the supplier may offer a discount if they know their going to get regular orders. Also, change menu's so that you offer seasonal food which is normally cheaper. Try to grow some of your own veg.
Order sand from builders merchant (some do playsand)
Car boots sales and the NCT sales are great for topping up equipment and toys (obviously check condition first)
Hope this might be useful and GOOD LUCK!!!
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 13-10-09 20:28
I have run my own nursery for 25 years. I started off with 8 children and now have 50 every day.
Here are my tips
Employ the minimum amount of staff you can get by with at first.You want to aim to break even in the first year, if you make a profit that's a bonus. Work your own socks off, even if you have to do the cleaning yourself,or get a friend to do it.
Stay clear of banks, try not to borrow any money.
Charity shops are fanatstic, I still use them for loads of stuff.Also see if there is a recycle co operative near you that you pay a one off fee but can get loads of art and craft materials free for the rest of the year.
Don't waste your money on newspaper ads. Leaflet drops are much more affective and cheaper especially if you get your husband to deliver them.
Try to ensure that the service you offer is brilliant- The word will soon get round via parents.
Have inexpensive back packs printed with your logo and sell them or give them away free to your new parents. Its free advertising!!! Other parents will see your school name in supermarkets,creches etc.
Get someone clever to make you a website.Its a must in this day and age!
Good luck, running your own nursery is the best job in the world!!!!
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 13-10-09 21:38
by: kaz (the first one!)
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 15-10-09 10:55
I produced some simple tips about marketing a nursery on a budget so I hope this might be of some use - http://www.northerncounties.com/marketingyournurseryonabudget.html
All the very best
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 15-10-09 10:58
There doesn't seem to be any tips there, Mark!
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 15-10-09 11:07
Using the media to help promote the nursery is definitely something I'd recommend and especially for a new start nursery.
If you become your local papers, radio or tv stations best friend and source for local stories when it comes to pre school education you'd be surprised how effective it can be.
The money you could save on having to promote the nursery will then be able to spent on the other running costs.
I've known nurseries do these couple of things in particular with great results:
- Have an open day and invite local children, parents and the media. The press love stories relating to children so get them on board and become their expert in the nursery industry. This may give you exposure in the press without having to spend money on advertising and long term they may come back to again for other news stories. Put a twist on such days and make the media's job easier by making it a newsworthy story. Public relations can be a great way to get exposure for your new nursery – and it can be free!
- Consider attending local networking events and speak to people. The local chamber of commerce or just a group of people who meet on a regular basis can help you spread the word. Get some brightly coloured business cards printed up and hand these out to people you speak to. Even if they don't have children of their own they may know people who do and are looking for a nursery.
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 15-10-09 11:24
Thanks eveyone, the information has been very helpful!
Does anyone know of any suppliers (cost effective) for washroom fitting i.e. toilets, sinks and general childrens furniture, tables, chairs, storage etc
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 26-05-11 08:12
There's a lot of brilliant advice there. Can anyone answer this?
Do you need a qualified teacher in place in a private nursery?
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 26-05-11 22:47
Also be aware of the costs of sundries like paper, card, paint, loo rolls, files, paper and envelopes. Often cheaper to purchase from Tesco / the Works / Poundland/ Wilkinson although obviously more convenient to order from ESPO (for example) and have it all delivered.
We have recently suffered big budget cuts and are now using these sources as a way of saving money whilst trying to maintain staffing levels and services.
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 04-04-12 13:14
by: Maddie Thompson
I have just opened up a new nurery in the Midlands. We have a lovely nursery full of new EVERYTHING. We have open days at the weekends and have had great feed back from all visiotors.
We are trying to think of new ways to advertise to get our name out there.
We have flyered everywhere and getting an advertisement board to go in the village. We have been in the local paper twice and again next week for our open days.
Any advice how to get the families in would be great!!
P.s Heres our website: http://www.yellowstarnursery.co.uk/
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 04-04-12 19:58
by: 'Old' Louise
Time may be the answer. Just because you are now open and very attractive to parents does not mean that they will change their existing childcare arrangements. Even if you are better they will not disrupt a settled child to move them to you. Unless there is a shortage of provision in your area you might find customers a trickle rather than a flood. They will come to you as existing arrangements break down, they start work for the first time, their child becomes old enough to take up any free entitlement you offer, etc etc.
Keep up the activities which bring you to the attention of the public, try some more open days with activities laid on for the children and look at what other settings do to keep their name out there. Consider a web presence and get it linked to other local sites where parent visit.
RE: Opening a New Nursery - 05-04-12 09:31
I opened my 1st nursery in Edinburgh last June and I have learnt something new every day (even with my background being in childcare!!) The nursery is successful and has developed fast, even in the economic climate.
Reflecting over everything there are key things that I have learnt and if I could, would change if doing them again, i.e. contract types, amounts of advertising, HR support as well many, many, many more things that would have helped the nursery grow and the costing stay low!
I am sure that you will have a million things to do, but if you would like any tips or helpful ideas then feel free to get in touch. I dont know everything, but i have been where you are in respect of opening up a nursery from scratch. My website is www.blossomtree.org.uk
Good luck and enjoy!!!
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