I have been minding a child for 5 months on a full time basis. The mother has always been quite unreliable when it comes to payment and if the child wasn't so sweet, I may have considered ending our agreement before now!! However, today when she collected the child, she said, she will not need me from next week as her training has finished and she won't be kept on after this. My problem is I know she is not going to pay the 4 weeks notice as agreed in the contract. Has anyone been in this situation before? I really need some advice, don't want to fall out with them as my daughter has become very fond of the child. I am thinking of writing her a letter, reminding her of what was agreed with regards to notice period and payments etc . . . . HELP, please.
I have just printed out a letter detailing the terms of the contract with regards to terminating the placement, and emphisized the fact that the contract is a legal document and though I do not want to take the matter further, it is an option.
agree with nannynick. You might know that she isn't going to pay but unless she has actually said it act like you wouldn't expect her not to pay and invoice her. Give it in a friendly 'oh and i've just prepared your final bill' way.
I wouldn't mention contract/worries that she wouldn't pay at this stage. This itself could damage your relationship since she could claim/feel insulted that you doubted that she would pay you.
Doubting that she would pay you when she hasn't actually said that could come across unprofessional.
Well, I gave her the letter this morning and she has just collected the child with a "copy" of a letter that she claims to have posted to me giving the 4 weeks notice. Obviously I never recieved the letter in question, as I imagine she just wrote it today to try and get out of paying, funny how she didn't enquire if I had got her letter!!! What to do now???
Thanks everyone, I am going to send her another letter today, saying that the 4 weeks notice is due by the end of this month, otherwise I will take it further. Wish me luck!! I'll let you know what happens.