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Day care owners and parents often use Day Care Contracts as a means of documenting the details of child care. When drafted correctly, this legal agreement can help to limit conflicts by ensuring that... Read more

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  • What is a Day Care Contract?

    Day care owners and parents often use Day Care Contracts as a means of documenting the details of child care. When drafted correctly, this legal agreement can help to limit conflicts by ensuring that the understanding is mutual between the parties. More than a blank PDF template, any Day Care Agreement under an active Rocket Lawyer membership can be reinforced by optional Document Defense® support from an attorney. State and local laws require certain provisions be included in a Day Care Contract, and they differ from city to city and state to state. This document may not cover all laws and regulations governing childcare providers in your area, so it is important to work with a local attorney who can review your document.

  • When should a day care operator use a Day Care Contract?

    Even if this is your first time caring for children, it's always important to record the details of your work in a contract. This list of benefits might help you make the decision to use one:

    • The policies of your child care facility are documented
    • Both the caregiver(s) and the parent(s) understand their responsibilities
    • Both parties know when payments are due
    • Neither party is surprised by how long the contract lasts or what the hours of care are

    If you decide against using this document, you may not be able to experience any of the protections associated with having one.

  • How should I organize my contract for day care?

    While you may have different policies related to the care of infants and preschoolers, here a few high-level details that your Child Care Contract should include:

    • Each parent or legal guardian's full name and address
    • What kind of childcare services will be delivered by the nanny or day care provider
    • Information about drop-off and pick-up times
    • Medical treatment and sick child policy
    • What fees will be charged and when

    As expected, this contract from Rocket Lawyer also contains the standard legalese about the non-employer relationship between the parties, confidentiality, and dispute resolution. During the process of making your agreement, you also will have the ability to select which state's jurisdiction it will fall under. With the document tool, you are able to add more personalized editing, as necessary.

  • How do I fill out a Day Care Contract for free?

    If you need to prepare this document with Rocket Lawyer you can follow the directions provided. Our step-by-step interview will guide you through several questions to help us produce your Day Care Contract. As with any legal document that you sign, it is encouraged that you send your document for legal review by a lawyer in our nationwide attorney network. This method is often going to be much more affordable and convenient than hiring and working with the average attorney at a cost that can total anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands, if your matter is complex.

    If you've got any particular hesitations or concerns about how to move forward, you can always connect with an attorney. You may also wish to explore our entire collection of business documents.

  • Am I required to do anything else after I have drafted my Day Care Contract?

    Upon completing a contract, you will be able to get to it on any device. With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you may edit, make copies, print out, sign it electronically using RocketSign®, and download it in PDF format or as a Word document when needed. Attached to your Day Care Contract, there's a set of instructions for what comes next after your document is completed. The parent should get a copy of your final agreement.

  • Can I have my Day Care Contracts looked at by a lawyer?

    If you attempt it on your own, hiring a lawyer to give feedback on documents may be costly. Some attorneys will not even agree to review a contract if they weren't the author. If an attorney does decide to offer assistance, they would still make you pay their standard fees for doing it. An easier way to double-check your contract is through the Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney network. With a Premium membership, you can have your agreements examined by an attorney with business experience. Whether you need to make another Day Care Agreement or other legal documents for day care providers, Rocket Lawyer is here to help.

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