Parent may then wonder if they are lenient on other policies as well. They may begin to doubt the ability of the childcare facility to provide a safe environment for their children.
The only policy, short of legislation protecting womens jobs for taking care of a sick child, is to adopt a policy that requires each parent to have a back up in case they cannot leave work to pick up the sick child. This parent would have to provide a legal waiver to have this alternate person pick up the child when sick. The care of sick children, who are not seriously ill, is a niche market that could be filled by the childcare provider willing to do so. The policy of having a second backup to care for the child will also be self-reinforcing, as the parent is not likely to wish to inconvenience the other party. However, it is recognized that children do much better when cared for by their parent rather than someone else (Heymann, Penrose, & Earle, 2008). The parent should always be the first choice, when possible.
In terms of failure to pay issues, the policy should institute a warning system.
For instance, the first time a payment is missed, an additional fee will be assessed. After three missed payments within a certain amount of time, services will be terminated. As the ability to hold a job depends on the ability to find and retain daycare, this policy will be a good motivator to get parents to consider childcare as a priority in their monthly budget. Parents are more likely to follow policies that have a set of clearly stated consequences than idle threats by the facility. This policy provides the parent leniency in the extreme circumstance, but does not allow non-payment to become habitual.
Associated Press. (2008). Ore. Law Prevents Parents fro Getting Fired for Taking Sick Leave. Insurance Journal. January 23, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008 at http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2008/01/23/86662.htm
Heymann, J., Earle, a., & Penrose, K. (2007). Importance of the Healthy Families Act to the Healthy of American Children. Institute for Health and Social Policy. Issue Brief II, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2008 at http://www.mcgill.ca/files/ihsp/HFAhandoutHeymann.pdf
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