Received Thursday, June 18, 2009
Hi everyone! I have a question and I am not sure what I should do. J's dad is out of town, and for the last two weeks, M (J's mom) agreed to let me take J to work with me (at a daycare). J's parents filled out the forms required for enrollment, and prior to obtaining the forms from my boss, I informed M there may or may not be drop-in fees. I passed my bosses number to her, explaining to call my boss and ask her about any drop-in fees, and to verify it was OK to bring J. M called my boss and left messages; she was not called back. I then asked about drop-in fees, nobody (my boss or my director) made it clear that drop-in fees would be incurring.
I returned the enrollment packet, signed by J's dad, attaching a post it on it with M's number and a note to my boss to call M about fees. Later that day, I saw my boss in passing and asked her about calling M and drop in, to which she asked how old J was and I told her. She tells me it was fine to bring him, and said nothing about a drop in fees. I let M know it was OK to bring him and we went from there.
When I returned from break, I noticed there was a bill for M for daycare. The bill was for four days of drop-in care, which I was unaware M would be charged. (my director said something about fees and I didn't think she was serious.) I figured since I was an employee, even though J isn't related by blood, drop-in would be free. M was not aware of these charges, and if they had told her about the fees, she had other options. M trusted me and that's the only reason she sent him to work with me. My question is what kind of daycare doesn't return phone calls and doesn't make it clear to a parent they will incur fees with the parent thinking care is free? Nobody contacted M, and now she has a bill of $240 for four days of drop-in care. I have worked with J for almost a year and feel attached to him; now I feel as though M doesn't trust me. I am also angry that they blew M off but expect her to pay this bill yet don't inform her upfront about fees.
Nannies what would you do? I feel like I should pay M's bill and I also feel betrayed by my employer that they treated M like this. It makes me think my owner is rather greedy, and greed is like jealously-they are both ugly. I am so upset I feel like resigning, yet my own daycare isn't even close to being open yet. What should I do?