By Pamela Filler
It is a commonly set rule stated in providers' daycare contracts that a two-week notice is required of the parent or the provider if daycare services, whether given or received, will be interrupted or terminated. This should be a practice of common courtesy for one another and followed when one or the other knows that he/she will be going on vacation, changing daycare providers, moving out of the area or any other reason that one knows care is not needed or cannot be given.
There are also times when this rule should be dismissed out of courtesy for everyone, including the child(ren). Although it's wishful thinking, not every daycare experience is a success. There are times that a daycare arrangement does not work for either the parent, provider or child. Some reasons may include conflicts between parent and provider that cannot be resolved. If these problems occur it is encouraged that parent and provider communicate openly with one another and try to resolve any conflicts. Try to avoid waiting until you are fed up with the situation or where you do not give any notice at all. In the event that one of the parties are not content, a trial period should be suggested. For example, the provider states, "we've been working on Johnnie's behavior for awhile now, but there hasn't been much improvement. I'll give it two weeks, but if there are no changes I will have to terminate care" or stated by parent, "Johnnie just doesn't seem happy coming here. If he doesn't appear to be content in two weeks I need to find another arrangement." To reduce the stress, when a trial period has successfully ended be sure it is communicated; such as, "Johnnie has been great this week. He has not bitten anyone. I will continue to provide care for him."
There just may be circumstances arise that a two weeks notice cannot be carried out. What about payment in these situations? Parents, remember that childcare is your provider's job and livelihood. They depend on your payment for their services as you depend on your check, in full, on payday. Providers, remember that any parent wants their child(ren) to be happy at daycare. Allow parents this right, for kids' sake, when your facility does not suit a child's needs.
Communication between parent and provider is a key for everyone to encounter happy and successful childcare experiences. Childcare is about The Child. Keep the focus on the children.
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