Daycare Manager

Handle the administrative side of running a daycare.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$27,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Daycare Managers do?

Creative and well-organized. If you had to describe a Daycare Manager in two words, those would fit the bill. In this job, the Daycare Manager is the ringleader keeping all the different acts of running a daycare – from creating the children’s daily activities to filing paperwork – moving along smoothly. It’s an exciting juggling act where you balance your knowledge of daycare safety with your ability to create interesting lesson plans that children will love.

How does a Daycare Manager keep all the elements of a daycare functioning on a day-to-day basis? Start by hiring well-trained staff. The people you choose aren’t just workers – they’re a tight-knit community of Caregivers. Together, you plan activities that educate and entertain the children you watch over. One day, everyone’s learning about weather and making cotton-ball clouds, and the next they’re staging an indoor camping trip and making s’mores in the microwave.

Once your staff is in place, you oversee all the little details that go into a successful daycare: Setting up a detailed budget ensures children always have new toys to play with, and reading new safety laws keeps them protected.

What truly makes your job special is that you get to use your talent for keeping the children happy while meeting safety regulations to keep them healthy and safe. Parents know they can trust you and your staff to watch over their little ones. Keeping up-to-date with the latest toy recalls and ensuring your staff knows first aid makes your day care a safe haven for children to learn, grow, and explore.


Should I be a Daycare Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Early Childhood Development Manager, Recreation Manager

    How to become a Daycare Manager

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