Free samples of child care contracts are available on Provider Watch, Child Care Lounge and Printable Contracts. Child care contracts typically include information about the child, parents or guardian, payments and fees paid to the day care, and termination processes.
A child care contract is a written agreement that allows child care providers to set terms and communicate properly with parents. It contains payment details such as the due date, overtime payment, fees for late pickup, rates for absences, holidays and vacations, and other fees. The contract should also state the amount of deposits. For example, the child care provider may ask for a two-week deposit to be paid on the date of enrollment. The deposit covers the final two weeks of child care service.
A child care contract also defines termination stipulations, including the right of the provider to end the agreement in a short notice if the parents fail to make payments or for any agreed upon reason. It also mentions the amount of payment the parents should pay in the event of termination.
Along with a contract, the provider should set policies that explain the kind of care given to a child. Common concerns addressed in policies include how the provider can prevent illnesses in the enrolled children, when a sick child should be sent home and what cases require a child to be excluded from the program.