Contracts and Policies Knowledge for Family Child Care
Articles and other resources on the business of family child care – contracts and policies.
Here are a variety of articles and resources to increase your understanding of how to write and enforce your contract and policies. For a short introduction to the topic, read Four Tips on Contracts and Policies. For a longer article, read Family Child Care Policies and Contracts. There are also articles on special topics such as early drop off and late pick-up, holding fees, illegal discrimination, and parent interview tips.
Questions & Answers
The Difference Between a Contract and Policies
A contract is enforceable in court while policies are not. This article explains this distinction and offer tips for how to create two documents.
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Early Drop Off and Late Pick-Up
This article gives practical examples of consequences you can adopt with parents if they drop off early or pick up late.
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Family Child Care Policies and Contracts
This lengthy article answers many questions about contracts and policies and includes examples of contract and policies language.
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Four Key Tips on Contracts and Policies
A brief summary of the basic rules to follow when establishing your contract and policies.
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This article explains how to establish a non-refundable holding fee to handle situations where parents want you to hold a spot for their child for weeks or months before the child will be enrolled.
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Is it Illegal to Discriminate Against Parents?
This article describes when it’s okay to discriminate against parents and when it’s not.
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Parent Interview Tips
Useful suggestions on what to look for and what questions to ask during a parent interview.
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Two Key Rules That Every Contract Should Contain
Every provider should protect themselves by requiring parents to pay a week in advance and pay for the last two weeks of care upon enrollment.
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This two-page fill-in-the-blank carbonless form allows you to tailor your policies to each parent.
Download Parent/Provider Policies document
Redleaf Complete Form Kits for Family Child Care Providers
This CD contains more than 150 forms for use with parents that you can easily customize.
Download Redleaf Complete Form Kits for Family Child Care Providers document
Sharing in the Caring Agreement Packet for Parents and Providers
This two-page contract form contains a carbonless copy you can give to parents.
Download Sharing in the Caring Agreement Packet for Parents and Providers document
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