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How to Start a Mother's Morning Out Program

by Timothy James

A mother's morning out program allows mothers and children time apart, typically for a few hours or a half day. This benefits both children and parents. A mother can drop off her children at the program and run errands, spend time with her husband or simply take time to relax from the rigors of raising a child. Mother's morning out programs afford children an opportunity to develop social skills by meeting new friends and develop self confidence by participating in activities. Churches often sponsor a mother's morning out and host it in their facilities.

Speak with mothers in your community to assess whether there is a need for a mother's morning out program. Note the names of mothers who might like to participate.

Find a place to host the program, such as a church or home. Examine the environment to ensure it is appropriate and safe for children. Locate power outlets or other hazards.

Determine the number of children you will accept and an age range that you feel comfortable with. Recruit additional help if necessary to help with the children.

Decide on a set time to allow mothers to plan to take advantage of the program.

Estimate your costs, if any, and determine whether you will charge a fee for your service. Evaluate costs of similar services in your area to arrive at a fair price.

Research whether the program, as you have defined it, requires a license to operate in your jurisdiction, and consult an attorney or city official and plan to comply with each regulation--including tax regulations.

Create a registration form that each mother can fill out when she arrives. The form should provide emergency contact information, information about allergies and indicate the time the mother intends to pick up the child. Research whether your jurisdiction requires the usage of particular forms.

Advertise the service through word of mouth, classified ads and handbills. Ask your church leader to mention the program over the pulpit or in the church bulletin, if your program is associated with a church.

Plan activities for children appropriate for the space available.

Introduce yourself to mothers and children when they arrive and help the children to participate in your activities. Collect money, if you have decided to charge a fee.

Count the children and ensure each is present on a regular basis.

Thank mothers when they arrive for participating and note for your records that the child is no longer under your care.

About the Author

Timothy James is a business litigation attorney licensed to practice law in California. He is also a programmer and website developer specializing in C++, JavaScript/JQuery, HTML, CSS and several other languages. James holds a Juris Doctor, as well as a Bachelor of Science in planning and resource management. He has written about law, health, programming, culture, news and politics.

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