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How to make a Childcare contract

Ensure that your childcare services are recorded in a formal, legally binding contract. This childcare contract will help protect both parties by keeping a record of the details included in the provision of services.

A childcare contract is an agreement between a childcare provider (ie a business that provides childcare such as a nursery) and a child’s parents or legal guardians. It sets out the agreed upon terms relating to the childcare, including the fees payable to the childcare provider for their services, how payment should be made and when a payment will be considered late.

Use this childcare contract template:

  • if you are a business in England, Wales or Scotland
  • if you provide childcare services

This childcare contract covers:

  • childcare provider details
  • parent details
  • fees, including the option to add a registration fee
  • how payment should be made
  • how often invoices will be issued
  • if late collection fees will be payable
  • limitation of liability 
  • termination of the contract

A childcare contract offers certainty and helps protect both parties by setting out the terms of your agreement in relation to the childcare.

A childcare contract offers certainty and helps protect both parties by setting out the terms of your agreement in relation to the childcare. This childcare contract allows you to decide and set out specific terms determining when fees will still be payable by parents in the event of closure of your business. This can include closure due to:

  • illness
  • holidays
  • public holidays
  • events that are out of the childcare providers control

Events outside of the childcare providers control are known as force majeure events, which include but are not limited to natural disasters, terrorist attacks or epidemics, and prevent the fulfillment of the childcare providers contractual obligations.

This childcare contract allows you to specify the notice period that must be given by parents if they wish to end the agreement. It also allows you to set out when a child’s place will be cancelled as a result of unpaid fees.

Ask a lawyer if:

  • the document doesn't meet your needs
  • the document doesn't cover what you want

This childcare contract is governed by the laws of England and Wales or Scotland.

Other names for Childcare contract

Child care contract, Agreement for childcare services, Childminding contract, Daycare contract.

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