Child Care Services Agreement FAQ
Child Care Agreement Basics
Q. What is a Child Care Agreement?
A. A Child Care Agreement is a contract - either written or verbal - which
sets out the terms and conditions for service between a Customer and a Service
Provider. LawDepot provides a written Child Care Agreement.
Q. Why isn't an oral Child Care Agreement sufficient?
A. The problem with oral agreements is that they are difficult to
prove. If a dispute arose, a court would have to hear evidence and decide whose
version of the truth to accept. If there is a written agreement, courts will
generally be obligated to uphold its terms even if they don't agree with them.
Q. What is addressed in a Child Care Agreement?
A. Child Care Agreements typically address the following:
the parties to the agreement;
the service being offered;
the term of agreement; and
the remuneration that will be provided to the Child Care Provider.
In addition, Child Care Agreements may also provide specifics on:
how confidential information is to be treated upon the Child Care Provider's
whether there are limitations on the Child Care Provider's ability to compete with
the Customer's business upon the Child Care Provider's termination; and
how disputes between the Customer and Child Care Provider will be handled.
Q. Who are the parties to the Child Care Agreement?
A. The parties to the Child Care Agreement are the Customer and the
Child Care Provider. The Customer is the individual or business seeking the
service while the Child Care Provider is the individual or corporation providing
the service. Child Care Providers may sometimes be identified as "individual
contractors", "freelancers" or "consultants".
Q. What is the difference between an Employment Contract and a Child Care Agreement?
A. A Child Care Agreement is a type of Service Agreement. Service Agreements are used to hire Child Care Providers or independent
contractors, not employees. A Child Care Agreement is limited to a specific
project or time period. Employment Contracts are used to hire employees.
Q. What is the difference between an employee and independent contractor?
A. Independent contractors are individuals who provide services for a
fee but are not considered to be employees because they work for themselves and
do not have an employer. Examples of independent contractors include those who
operate their own practice or trade in fields such as plumbing, carpentry or
graphic design or in more specialised technical settings such as accounting,
engineering or computer programming.
The law treats employees and independent contractors differently, but it is not
always easy to establish which category an individual falls into. In cases of
dispute, courts will determine the appropriate category by examining a number
of factors. Some factors will be considered more important than others.
Examples of relevant factors are:
who is providing the tools for the job;
the level of skill required for the job;
who controls the work and the work product;
whether the hired party must provide oral/written progress reports;
whether the job is performed on the business premises;
the duration of the relationship between the parties;
the ability to delegate or sub-contract the job of the hired party;
whether the hired party has discretion over how long and when they work;
whether any insurance or benefits are provided to the hired party;
whether the hired party's expenses are reimbursed;
whether the hired party can realise a profit or loss;
whether the work is part of the regular business of the hiring party;
whether the parties have a written agreement defining the status of the hired
the method of payment; and
the way the hired party is treated by taxing authorities.
Q. What is the end date of the agreement?
A. The end date is the date when the Child Care services under the agreement are
no longer provided or needed.
Q. What does "notice" mean?
A. Notice refers to the amount of time that is provided by one party to
another when they wish to end their obligations under the agreement prior to
the agreed end date. The purpose of notice is to allow the Child Care Provider to
find other employment or the Customer to find a replacement Child Care Provider.
In most jurisdictions, the law does not offer independent contractors the same
minimum notice protection that is typically offered to employees (unless the
notice is expressly provided in the agreement). However, courts may award
notice (or pay in lieu of notice) to an independent contractor if he/she can
show that he/she was economically dependent on the Customer. In those
circumstances, courts may impose a reasonable notice period or damages.
Q. How should the Child Care Provider be paid?
A. The Child Care Provider can be paid or remunerated in many different
ways. If the Child Care Provider will be paid a certain amount (rate) for each
time period, use "Hourly", "Weekly", "Monthly" or "Yearly" as appropriate. If
the Child Care Provider is to be paid a certain fixed amount for the complete
performance under the agreement, use "Fixed Amount". If the remuneration is
several payments or involves the trade of services or goods, use "Other". If
you have a certain rate for the services performed together with additional
remuneration, use this question for the basic rate and use the "Additional
Remuneration" question to describe the additional remuneration
Q. Which currency should I select?
A. Select the form of currency for all monetary amounts (remuneration,
expenses, etc.) referred to in this agreement.
Q. What is additional remuneration?
A. Additional remuneration refers to any remuneration the Child Care Provider will
be paid in addition to the basic remuneration specified under the question "How
will the Child Care Provider be paid?"
Q. What items should be provided to the Child Care Provider?
A. If the Customer wishes to provide any services, tools, office space,
materials, etc. to the Child Care Provider to perform the services, then the
Customer should select "Yes" to the question "Will the Customer be providing
anything to the Child Care Provider?" and then describe what he/she is providing.
Q. What does "Penalties for late payment?" mean?
A. This question refers to whether the Customer will be penalised for failing
to pay the Child Care Provider on time. Select "Do not specify" to not mention
whether there will be penalties for late payment. Select "No" if the Agreement
will expressly state that there are no penalties for late payment. Select "Yes"
to be able to expressly state what the penalties will be for late payment.
Q. What is a confidentiality clause?
A. The confidentiality clause prevents the Child Care Provider from using or
disclosing the Customer's confidential personal and business information to a third party.
Q. What do "mediation" and "arbitration" mean?
A. Mediation is a process where an impartial 3rd party or mediator facilitates
the negotiation of a settlement between parties to a dispute.
Arbitration is a process whereby parties to a dispute mutually agree to an
impartial referee who hears and makes a binding decision.
Both processes are superior to the court process when there is a long term
relationship involved and the survival of the business relationship is
desirable. These processes can be less expensive, more expedient, and more efficient
than the court process.
Q. What is contained in the standard clauses?
A. Our standard clauses are those clauses which are most often included when
creating a Child Care Agreement. Some of the clauses deal with:
the capacity of the independent contractor;
modification of the agreement;
time being of the essence; and
severability of invalid or unenforceable clauses.
If you don't want all these clauses in your agreement, select 'No' and you can
pick and choose which clauses to include.
Q. What does the Assignment clause do?
A. The assignment clause prevents the Child Care Provider from transferring their
rights or responsibilities to another party without the Customer's consent.
Q. What does the Capacity/Independent Contractor clause
A. The capacity/independent contractor clause reiterates that the Service
Provider is hired as an independent contractor or consultant and not as an
employee of the Customer.
Q. What does the Modification of Agreement clause do?
A. The modification of agreement clause states that any changes to the
agreement must be made by written consent of all the parties to the agreement.
Q. What does the Time of the Essence clause do?
A. This clause provides that all dates and time limits are strictly enforced.
Q. What does the Entire Agreement clause do?
A. The entire agreement clause confirms that there are no other provisions or
terms outside of this agreement.
Q. What does the Severability clause do?
A. The severability clause declares that if the courts find that a particular
clause of the agreement is invalid or unenforceable, the validity of the
remaining provisions of the agreement will not be affected.
Q. What does the Implied Obligations clause do?
A. To the extent allowed by law, this clause will release the parties from obligations arising from the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 and the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended).
The Sale of Goods Act 1979 implies certain terms in contracts for the sale of goods. These include:
- the seller has the right to sell the goods and that they are free from encumbrances or charges and that the buyer will enjoy quiet possession;
- the goods will correspond to their description;
- the goods will be of satisfactory quality;
- where the buyer makes known the purpose of the purchase, that the goods will be fit for that purpose - or fit for the normal purpose; and
- if goods are sold by sample, they will comply with that sample.
The Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 requires a supplier of a service acting in the course of business to:
- carry out that service with reasonable care and skill and within a reasonable time; and
- make no more than a reasonable charge.
If you would like more information on the Sale of Goods Act 1979 click here. If you would like view the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 click here.
Q. What does the Third Party Rights clause do?
A. This clause denies third parties (someone who is not a party in the
Agreement) from benefitting from any of its terms and conditions.
Q. What does the Return of Property clause do?
A. The Return of Property clause states that the Child Care Provider will return
all property belonging to the Customer upon termination of the Agreement.
Q. What does the Limitation of Liability clause do?
A. This clause allows the parties to completely absolve the Child Care Provider in
the event that any losses, damages or any other liabilities arise out of the
Where this clause is selected, the contract cannot also have an indemnification
Q. What does the Indemnification clause do?
A. An indemnification clause is where the Child Care Provider agrees to pay back
the Customer for claims made against the Customer by any third party for any
damage or loss arising out of the provision of the services.
Where this clause is selected, a limitation of liability clause cannot be
Q. What does the Legal Expenses clause do?
A. The legal expenses clause reiterates that legal costs and fees associated
with any legal action will be awarded to the successful party.
Q. What does the Notice clause do?
A. The notice clause indicates how all notices under this agreement will be
Q. What does the Enurement clause do?
A. The enurement clause declares that any rights and responsibilities of the
parties will pass on to their successors.
Q. What does the Titles/Headings clause do?
A. The title/headings clause states that the titles/headings of each section
are inserted for clarification only and are not for purposes of interpretation.
Q. What does the Gender clause do?
A. The gender clause declares that words in the singular or masculine sense
also encompass words in the plural and feminine sense, respectively.
Q. What does the Waiver clause do?
A. The waiver clause states that if one party waives its rights to enforce a
breach by another party, this failure to enforce its rights will not be held as
a waiver of any subsequent breaches.
Q. What does the Ownership of Materials clause do?
A. The ownership of materials clause declares that materials developed in the
course of the services will be the exclusive property of the Customer. The
clause further holds that the Child Care Provider will not be held responsible for
damages resulting from the use of the mentioned materials for work other than
services contracted for in the agreement.