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Apr 6, 2013
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Daycare cancellation

I want to cancel daycare service for my son but Daycare needs a month notice. Typically its 2 weeks most of the places but here, they says their policy is one month. Is there any regulation in this regards ? I heard lot of people stop daycare service if they get laid off or loose their job.
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Why are you questioning it now and not when you signed the contract?
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cnn258 wrote: I want to cancel daycare service for my son but Daycare needs a month notice. Typically its 2 weeks most of the places but here, they says their policy is one month. Is there any regulation in this regards ? I heard lot of people stop daycare service if they get laid off or loose their job.
It's whatever your contract states, I don't think there is much leeway or laws that will be beneficial to you.

However, if the daycare is bad - you can always unilaterally pull your child. The worst the daycare can do is send you to collections.
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Aug 26, 2002
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Doesn't matter what is "typical". It's whatever in the contract/agreement you signed when you enrolled your child. And the daycare I have my son enrolled in requires one month advanced notice for any schedule changes or withdrawal, and that was clearly spelled out at the beginning when we signed our contract.
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Like others have pointed out, just read your contract and see what it says.
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Our kids daycares when they went were 1 month notice as well.
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cnn258 wrote: I want to cancel daycare service for my son but Daycare needs a month notice. Typically its 2 weeks most of the places but here, they says their policy is one month. Is there any regulation in this regards ? I heard lot of people stop daycare service if they get laid off or loose their job.
I would advise you to enjoy the extra two weeks off without the kids to reflect, relax and job hunt.
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One month is pretty standard everywhere. If it's a hardship, then speak with your provider.
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I'm sure they will let you cancel with 2 weeks notice, just be prepared to pay a portion if not all of the remaining weeks to cover the full month.
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I know most daycares are 'for profit' but my wife is on the board of our not-for-profit daycare and gets to see the financial books. They budget VERY close to the line. If they're suddenly going to be down $800-$1000 one month because someone pulls out suddenly they want at least some notice so they can try to fill the spot or readjust the budget.

That's why our contract is 1 month notice.
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May 12, 2014
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You don't say what province you're in.

In Quebec, it doesn't matter what your contract says, you can cancel for any reason without any notice and be refunded for any pre-payment you've made (art. 193 LPC, and be sure to use the proper form).
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Feb 12, 2015
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I absolutely agree with the opinion above...the contract is the most important one no matter you are ready to order any business with others..You should check the contract you signed former..
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FrancisBacon wrote: In Quebec, it doesn't matter what your contract says, you can cancel for any reason without any notice and be refunded for any pre-payment you've made (art. 193 LPC, and be sure to use the proper form).
I believe in QC it is like that because the parents don't really pay the day care, it's the government that pays them, so they probably still get paid by the government for a while, though it isn't like there isn't another baby in the pipeline waiting to be dropped the MINUTE a spot becomes vacant.
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No, it's because it's in the consumer protection act. It applies to all daycares.

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