For childcare providers, the dropping off and picking up of children at a preschool is a critical exchange point of responsibility and liability. In order to limit provider liability, providers must maintain up-to-date release authorization cards indicating which individuals are permitted to pick up a child from their care. Without uptodate release authorizations, it can be unclear who is properly authorized to pick up a child, as in the case of a parent who has recently lost custody.
An admissions agreement must be seen as much more than a basic sign-up sheet for enrolling their children in a school or childcare facility. Even the most minimal of agreements provide basics such as days and time of operation and the fees charged, but an agreement can and should be a comprehensive document that governs the relationship between the school and parents in the widest possible range of common scenarios. Without a comprehensive admission agreement that clarifies these rights, roles and responsibilities, the provider leaves herself open to legal disputes over money, child safety and the scope of agreement itself.