All businesses are involved in purchasing goods and services, either on a regular basis or whenever needed. In an early years service, goods can include office supplies, play equipment and toys, food supplies and cleaning products. Services might include utilities such as power and water, agency staff and maintenance contracts relating to the premises and equipment.

Some early years providers may also be involved in bidding for tenders to provide services themselves.

Whether procuring goods or services, or selling services, an understanding of contract law is important.

At the heart of every purchase of business equipment and services is a contract. Even if there is no signed documentation or written conditions, legally there is a contract between the parties. Common sense must be applied to determine whether or not a signed and negotiated written contract is required in each case.

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