I learned the hard way to put a time limit on a retainer e.g half fees to hold a place for up to 20 weeks, thereafter full fees. I had a family repeatedly delay their child's start (for almost a year in total) and hadn't put in place anything in the contract to limit the length of time it could be deferred.
Thanks every one. I signed a contract for holiday time. I understand about asking for a advance payment but what if its not until say next time. I have spaces so that not a problem. I can still take more children on if I want to.
what would be a responsible time for cancellation? about three weeks notice? do you return the deposit if they cancel within that time. It was not a last minuet cancellation; but I was not expecting it.
As childminders we have to plan ahead and also let other parents know what we are doing also.