When you register your child to a childcare centre, the establishment must provide a contract that details all the conditions of the agreement. Make sure the contents of the contract reflect the promises that were made to you.

Contents of a childcare services contract

The contract presents the rights and obligations of the parents and those of the childcare centre. It must include:

  • your name and address;
  • the childcare centre’s name and address;
  • the description of the services the establishment is committed to offering;
  • the opening and closing hours of the childcare centre;
  • the dates on which services cannot be offered (holidays, and so on);
  • the date on which your child will begin attending the childcare centre;
  • the duration of the contract;
  • the hourly, daily, or weekly rate for the services;
  • the total amount you will need to pay;
  • the penalty fees that apply if you pickup your child later than the prescribed time at the end of the day, if the centre charges such fees;
  • the terms of payment;
  • a clause explaining the contract's cancellation terms. The information that the cancellation clause must contain is presented in Article 46 of the Regulation respecting the application of the Consumer Protection Act.

What if your contract contains a clause that refers to rules other than those included in the contract, to a code of conduct for example? For such rules to be valid, they must have been submitted to you before you signed the contract. In case of a problem, if the childcare centre can prove that you did in fact read and accept the rules, it has the right to apply them.

Subsidized childcare services: additions to the contract

If the childcare centre is subsidized, additional elements must be included in the contract:

  • a description of the services required;
  • the period of anticipated attendance at the childcare centre, that is, on a day or half-day basis;
  • the anticipated days of attendance;
  • the hours during which the services are offered.

The page about reduced-contribution spaces (in French only) on the Ministère de la Famille Web site provides further information about subsidized childcare services contracts.

Contract for additional services

The childcare centre must provide a detailed description of outings, personal hygiene items, and meals for which it charges additional fees. Such charges must also be detailed. These elements must be part of an ancillary contract, that is, a contract that covers the purchase of additional services.

Cancellation form

Whether the childcare centre is subsidized or not, it must provide you with a cancellation form along with a copy of the contract. This form will be helpful should you ever want to cancel your contract.

Examples of contracts

The page about service agreements (in French only) on the Ministère de la Famille Web site provides an example of a general contract along with an example of contracts for meals and personal hygiene items.

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Last update : September 23, 2021

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