This help centre article was written for anyone thinking of applying to become a childminder in the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
How to sign your Early Educator contract
You’ll receive your Early Educator contract to sign in an email sent from Dropbox Sign.
What do I commit to as part of the contract?
By signing your agreement you commit to providing services as a contractor for Koru Kids once you become a registered childminder with us. You are not employed by Koru Kids. If your spaces are not filled and you do not work for families, you will not earn any money.
To fund the costs of your training and our ongoing service, we deduct 10% of the parents’ fees each month. We only deduct this when you earn.
What does Koru Kids commit to as part of the contract?
We’ll provide you with (and pay for) all the training and support you need to become an outstanding early educator.
Once you’ve qualified, we’ll help find you families to fill your spaces. We’ll then take care of all of the billing and as much of the paperwork as we possibly can - leaving you to focus on the children!
When the time comes to expand your business, we’ll help you find an assistant - we’ll train them up and employ them for you so there’s the least amount of paperwork involved for you.
And of course, our friendly and knowledgeable team is always available to answer any questions you may have — both during your training and once you’ve qualified.
The more you earn, the less you pay. We think you should be celebrated for growing your business, not penalised. So when you hit over £60k lifetime earnings, you become eligible for a Koru Kids fee reduction from 10% to 6%.
Can I set my own working hours and days?
As stated in the contract, you are free to choose your working times. Please let us know as soon as possible if you decide to vary the hours mentioned in the contract.
You can choose to offer 2 or more days a week Monday-Friday and should be able to offer at least 15 hours of childcare per week to families. Bear in mind that the more hours you can offer between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, the easier it will be for you to fill your spaces.
Can I charge overtime?
You can choose to charge overtime if parents are late collecting children.
If parents are late picking up their children, you can choose to charge for this overtime.
You will need to notify us of any overtime worked in the app. Simply select the relevant date and child, edit the times and click 'update times'.
You can then choose whether or not you would like to charge for the overtime. If you do not wish to charge the family for the additional overtime, simply ensure that the 'charge for this overtime?' box is not ticked.
Overtime fees will be added to the family’s next monthly invoice, and you will be paid for any overtime once we have received this payment from the family.
Most early educators use their judgment when deciding whether to charge. For example, if it is a one-off and the parent got caught up in a train delay you may decide it is better for your relationship to waive the overtime. However, if it is happening regularly without good reason then you might choose to make a point of charging after first having a quiet word.