Our PTA is thinking about offering childcare during our meetings. What do we need to know? And can we pay these folks?
It's a great idea to offer child care at your meetings - especially to help parents who would not normally be able to attend membership meetings. However, if you use professional childcare, you should execute a contract with them, and ensure 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 a few examples of organizations with which you can partner.
Whichever the case, you will need to have at least one PTA member present to help oversee the childcare activity. Note that if you pay your volunteers, you will void your insurance coverage - please avoid this.