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Old 08-08-2017, 08:02 PM
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I had to term a long time client today and gave them a three week notice. I stated back in June that this might be a possibility come September as they are a full time family who decreases to part time each summer. I cannot guarantee their full time spot all summer. Anyway, I feel badly but they were not happy and said this was "short notice." I only ask for a 2 week notice from parents when they leave so I thought 3 weeks was very fair. Now I'm the jerk right? How long do you give for term notices?
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Old 08-08-2017, 10:32 PM
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I had to term a long time client today and gave them a three week notice. I stated back in June that this might be a possibility come September as they are a full time family who decreases to part time each summer. I cannot guarantee their full time spot all summer. Anyway, I feel badly but they were not happy and said this was "short notice." I only ask for a 2 week notice from parents when they leave so I thought 3 weeks was very fair. Now I'm the jerk right? How long do you give for term notices?
Depends on why I have to term. Sometimes it's immediate and other times I've given 2- weeks.

What does your contract say ?

Also I have the same problem over summer and basically started requiring parents to resign at the end of May for the summer and up coming school year otherwise I consider it their 30 day notice if they don't resign. Then at that time I fill the spot.

I don't close over summer and parents know it's a full expected scheduled. All year around.
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:59 AM
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My contract states 2 weeks. I had one parent negotiate for 3 weeks (and ironically did not use them when I termed!).

If it is a good family I will officially say this is your two week notice but let them know that if they need more time I am more than happy to help. I have offered this to two families and neither took the offer.

3 weeks seems more than fair to me so don't worry about it!
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:37 AM
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3 weeks is very nice ... it's one week more than what the typical term notice period is which is typically 2 weeks. She has the rest of this week to reach out and schedule interviews and has weekends.

I bet if you would have given her a month that still wouldn't be enough for her
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:13 AM
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I had to term a long time client today and gave them a three week notice. I stated back in June that this might be a possibility come September as they are a full time family who decreases to part time each summer. I cannot guarantee their full time spot all summer. Anyway, I feel badly but they were not happy and said this was "short notice." I only ask for a 2 week notice from parents when they leave so I thought 3 weeks was very fair. Now I'm the jerk right? How long do you give for term notices?
Sounds to me like you gave notice back in June! They should have been expecting the possibility. I think 3 weeks is more than adequate.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:48 AM
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My notice matches up with me payments.

I charge monthly, require them to give me one months notice. I don't have in my contract how much notice I would give them but I would like to give parents 4-6 weeks if possible because it may take that long to secure something else in my area. That said sometimes an immediate term might be needed.
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:36 AM
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I just gave 4 weeks notice, but only because mom is layed up with surgery, or I'd have done 2 weeks.

3 weeks is fine.
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I give 2 weeks notice or its immediate depending on the reason. 3 weeks is more than enough.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:39 AM
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Thank you all! I looked at my calendar and its actually exactly 3 1/2 weeks notice that I gave. I guess I shouldn't worry about it. I thought most providers gave 2 weeks. As a provider you know you're always going to be the "bad guy" when parents don't get their way I guess. We also run the risk of losing more $$ by giving more than a 2 week notice as well because they typically pull the child asap afterward. Which will most likely be the case here. As I attempted to give the notice I was told they were taking 2 weeks off at the months end. (Nice notice to me right?)Well I feel better knowing at least! Next week will probably be the last.
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Thank you all! I looked at my calendar and its actually exactly 3 1/2 weeks notice that I gave. I guess I shouldn't worry about it. I thought most providers gave 2 weeks. As a provider you know you're always going to be the "bad guy" when parents don't get their way I guess. We also run the risk of losing more $$ by giving more than a 2 week notice as well because they typically pull the child asap afterward. Which will most likely be the case here. As I attempted to give the notice I was told they were taking 2 weeks off at the months end. (Nice notice to me right?)Well I feel better knowing at least! Next week will probably be the last.
This is why I charge a two week deposit up front that is applied to the last two weeks of care. This way if they leave I have already been paid!
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