Do You Pay When Children Don’t Come?

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There are many reasons why parents may leave their child at home, instead of just bringing them into a foster home:

* The baby is sick

* The parent is on vacation

* The parent wants the child to be with his or her grandparents

* Other reasons

Sometimes these parents ask you, “Why should I pay for days when my child is not in your care?”

How do you answer?

The simple answer is, “Because that’s my point.”

If you have a written agreement that stipulates how parents must pay if they do not bring their child to you, this answer should be sufficient.

However, some child therapists find it difficult to express themselves and end up trying to justify themselves. I don’t think it’s necessary to kneel down and try to convince your parents that your point of view is right and that your parents’ viewpoint is wrong.

Instead, here is a brief overview you would like to use:

“You are paying me to be ready and ready to take care of your child five days a week. If your child is not there another day, I will not be able to fill this space the same day and I will lose money unless you pay me. You’re paying me to hold your child’s place, not for the sake of using it. When I was in college, I paid a lot of money, even though I probably didn’t go to all my classes. I pay off my mortgage even though I am on vacation. I hope my points are clear. ”

If a parent wants to argue with you about this, do not try to justify yourself. Some parents are struggling financially and want to save money. Some parents may test you to see if you are really following your values.

Caregivers can make their own rules about this. You can allow parents the amount of sick days or holidays that they can spend without pay. Or not. If you close your vacation and take your vacation you can pay for it these days or not. It’s up to you.

Once you have set your goals, go with the parents when they register and ask if they have any questions. After all, you won’t have any conflicts with your parents if you set your own rules regularly.

What are your points?

Tom Copeland – www.tomcopelandblog.com

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For more information, see my book Family Child Care Contracts & Policies.


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