The Simplicity of Contract Drafting
Contracts are a way of meeting the needs of both parties the parent and the provider.
One of the best parts to start in any contract writing is research: a start date, the parties, the services, expectations, rules, and cancellation. These are the simply basics of any contract and creating policies you may want to make.
When I made my first contract, it came about after providing care for a few years. In that time, I ended up having parents not paying their fees, coming early, being late, giving no notice when leaving and so on. The biggest issues were non payment and late pickups. So the creation of my first contract was very simply, and yours can be a simply process. These are just some of the topics I normally look at including.
- The name and location where the childcare is to be provided at
- The parents name, contact info, and home address
- The child/rens names, birth dates, health needs, immunization, and likes/dislikes
- The fees charged
- The time care is needed and until when
- The types of activites the child/ren will explore
- The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
- First Aid and CPR
- Sick Policy
- Transportation Policy
- Discipline or Redirection Policy
- Duty to report under Child and Family Services Act
- Numbers in Care Policy
- Duty to disclose if not licensed
- Medication Policy
- Supervision of Indoor and Outdoor Play Policy
- Sleeping Policy
- Food Policy
- Sanitary Policy
- Water or Trampoline Policy (some insurance will not cover these)
These are the simple topics on writing a contract for daycare. You may also want to break down your insurance package, the CCEYA, and see if you require add more headers. You will have to expand on these topics to showcase and explain the expectations for both parties to have a clear understanding of what is what.
Please know that at NEED, we are here to help when we can. If there is any help we can offer you in contract writing let us know. NEED is going to be offering a coffee date meeting to break down contracts in the near future.
Understanding the Childcare in Canada is really important and take into consideration you individual area for rates.
Written by Lesley Cressman, RECE, Faery Childcare