How to Write an In Home Childcare Service Contract. Choosing to care for the other people's children is a great responsibility and the agreement should always be in written form. By writing a childcare service contract both the provider and the parents are aware of their rights, the daycare policies and procedures. Below is a list of things that should be included in any good childcare service contract.
Include the basic schedule for the individual child. This means to write down the days the child will be in your care and the time they will be picked up and dropped off on each day and by whom. This is you basic agreement and it is deviations from this schedule which bring other policies and terms into play.
Have a clear statement of fees and payments. This area of the contract should include late fee policies, hourly rate, overtime and methods of payment.
Devote space to vacation and sick day policies. Often, providers allow a few free days a year for parents but charge once their limit has been reached. If you have to hold a child's space, have a policy in mind (i.e. charging to keep a spot open).
Be clear on your policies regarding medications, doctor's appointments and emergency room policies. Permission to drive the child to the hospital and information on the parent's insurance policy should be included in this section.
Discuss meals, snacks, allergies and dietary requirements within the service contract. It is better to have this information in writing so a parent knows what they can expect and you know what to give and not give the child to eat.
Ensure you provide space for policies on late fees, payment delinquencies, and termination of the contract. Having these policies clearly stated in the contract will provide you with evidence and a reference point for any unexpected events.
Remember basic such as clearly stating the child's name, collecting signatures, and dating the final contract. This is your reference and your guide. Be sure to make a copy for the parents.