Saturday, February 19, 2011

Childcare at Meetings

We're thinking about offering childcare at our meetings.  What do we need to know?  And can we pay these folks?

It's a great idea to offer childcare at your meetings - especially to help those parents who wouldn't be able to attend your meetings without it.  However, if you use professional childcare, you should execute a contract with them, ensuring they have a business license and are covered by their own insurance.  Using volunteers is an acceptable alternative, and often the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and YMCA/YWCA provide programs for children and are just a couple of organizations that you can partner with.  Whatever the case, you need to have at least one PTA member present to help oversee this activity.  However, please note that if you pay your volunteers, you void your insurance coverage- so please avoid that.