Childcare Services Agreement Legal Forms Software
Create a Childcare Services ‘Nanny’ Agreement to outline the parental expectations from a professional caregiver. This comprehensive contract provides both the family and the provider with a clear framework for one of the most highly-personal transactions imaginable: taking care of children on behalf of a parent.
CREATE A ‘NANNY AGREEMENT’ OUTLINING CHILDCARE SERVICES
Parents who work at a long-term job or have a professional career often need childcare help that goes well beyond the role of ‘babysitting’ or ‘daycare’. When a childcare services provider is hired for multiple days per week, the parent(s) requiring these services need to know that the nanny involved with the child will perform specific tasks on specific days and times, and at an expected level of care.
Such is the function of a Childcare Services Agreement, sometimes also known as a Nanny Agreement.
Within the Agreement, the parents can choose the duties they expect the childcare provider to perform. There are many “checkbox” provisions in this Agreement allowing the parties to set the most common job duties of the provider. Likewise, there are sections where the parents can and should provide detailed instructions on specific care topics tailored to the children’s needs.
WHAT EXACTLY DOES A CHILDCARE SERVICES AGREEMENT COVER?
In the appropriate checkboxes and text areas within the Agreement, a parent can provide their requirements for many childcare roles: food and feeding schedules; bathing and cleaning (how often, what products used and what safety measures you require for bath time, etc.); nap time schedules and routines (e.g. story time or reading certain books, etc.); pick up and drop off from daycare or other outside location; child play date expectations and locations; “field trips” or educational opportunities can be described and detailed; safety issues can be defined (e.g. limiting cell phone use for provider and child, sleeping safety issues, etc.); describing in detail what the provider must clean and how to do so; what clothing is appropriate; how to diaper and what diaper products should be used (and logged); specific food preparation issues (in case of allergies or food intolerances); whether the children can watch TV or use iPads or phones can and when and for how long and for what purpose; to describe what specific activities the provider is expected to perform with the child or infant; and much more.
As part of the agreement, the parents and the provider can be precise in the expectations of work hours. The Agreement allows the selection of times the provider is expected to work. The parties can also address the need for additional hours beyond the standard work week, overnight care (if required or desired), any expectation if the provider will travel with the parent, the need for extra care if a parent is sick, etc.
The more detail that can be provided in the Agreement, the more the parties will understand their expectations and obligations — and the limits on the other’s time.
CHILDCARE SERVICES AGREEMENT SOFTWARE EXAMPLES
A CONTRACT TO COVER THE SERVICES OF A PROFESSIONAL NANNY
While this Agreement contains standard provisions expected in a contract for the care of a child or children, it is critical for the parents to provide and describe with clear detail the expectations and job duties required of the nanny. Only the parents can provide these specifics for a sufficiently tailored childcare agreement for their children – as the parents know best what is required for their children.
In addition, the parents can (if they so wish) specify their ideas, philosophies, and beliefs about raising their children and how the provider is expected to advance or incorporate those beliefs when providing care. These beliefs can be stated within the appropriate fillable text areas of the Agreement. For example, the parents can detail how they wish to address crying and sleep challenges or detail preferences for managing or disciplining behavior issues. The parents can also describe their beliefs and philosophy about nutrition, safety, play, religious instruction, or other areas of care or education.
Likewise, information regarding the parents’ obligations can and should be provided within the Agreement. Specifics regarding compensation paid to the childcare provider must be inserted into the Agreement to set clear expectations regarding payment at the start of the relationship.
If the Parent wishes to include additional provisions or guidance within this Agreement past the text areas provided, the agreement is set up so that the parent(s) can write those provisions on a separate sheet of paper and attach them to the Agreement as an Addendum, in which case both parties should sign signifying that it is part of the Agreement.
Providing clear and specific details within the Agreement is critical to creating a workable framework for both the parents and the nanny.
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