Covid-19 has re-shaped everyone’s perspective. As things begin going back to normal, it is clear that the status quo has changed for nearly everything including childcare. Here are some of the trends to look out for as we begin transitioning.
1. The need for more flexible childcare scheduling
At the moment, nothing is for certain and there is more spontaneity than ever before. Due to loss of jobs, parents will be transitioning to more contract work and begin seeking more flexible forms of childcare. Daycares should see this as an opportunity to accommodate new parents and adapt against competition as daycares typically have long waiting lists with long-term contracts. Being able to accommodate parents with more flexible schedules can set you apart from other daycares.
2. Increased safety protocols
Capacity limits, masks, and hand sanitizer is here to stay for the foreseeable future so its important daycares understand the rules and begin preparing systems in place to enforce these rules. Things like teaching children how to wash their hands will need to continue as well as limiting interactions between children.
3. Video tours
Since we want to limit in-person interactions, a key part of daycare registrations: tours, may have to be delivered virtually. Thus, it is important to begin creating more digital resources for parents such as pamphlets, Q and A’s and videos that are high enough in quality to help smooth parents’ registrations.
4. Building strong clientele and networks will be key
With many families out of work and living off government cheques, it will be crucial that daycares offer a helping hand and let them know they are not alone. Continuous support for clientele such as newsletters and checkups will maintain these strong relationships for the future.
As we all look forward to what the future holds, daycares should begin thinking to themselves: “What can I do to adapt to the new normal?”