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Top 25 Child Care Interview Questions

For children over the ages of five, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?
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Question 2 of 25
How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store?
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"If a child had a temper tantrum because I told them they couldn't buy something, I would stay firm in my decision and let them cry. It can be difficult, especially when they're not your own children, but sometimes you just have to let them cry it out. If it was really bad, I might try to calm them down by reminding them we only have five minutes before we are on our way home and then they can watch their favorite TV show."
"If a child had a temper tantrum because I told them they couldn't buy something, I would stay firm in my decision and let them cry. It can be difficult, especially when they're not your own children, but sometimes you just have to let them cry it out. If it was really bad, I might try to calm them down by reminding them we only have five minutes before we are on our way home and then they can watch their favorite TV show." Temper tantrums are never easy! Share how you would handle the situation in the most patient and relaxed manner.
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Question 3 of 25
What is your stance on discipline?
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"When I'm babysitting, I always ask the family about how they discipline their child before I attempt to lay down the law. I think it's important for children to have consequences, but the severity of those consequences needs to be determined by the parents first. When I'm working in a daycare setting, both the parents and the facility are in agreement about the rules and what will happen if they are not followed. I typically put children in time-out and I'll take away TV time as a consequence of their actions. Taking away a privilege causes them to think about their actions."
"When I'm babysitting, I always ask the family about how they discipline their child before I attempt to lay down the law. I think it's important for children to have consequences, but the severity of those consequences needs to be determined by the parents first. When I'm working in a daycare setting, both the parents and the facility are in agreement about the rules and what will happen if they are not followed. I typically put children in time-out and I'll take away TV time as a consequence of their actions. Taking away a privilege causes them to think about their actions." Explain your experience with disciplining children. Depending on the interview, you will want to focus on a specific age group. If you're interviewing at a daycare, talk about your experience disciplining in a classroom or group setting. Share what you have found most helpful. You can also talk about forms of discipline that you have tried unsuccessfully. If you are interviewing for a nanny position, ask the parents about their stance before you share yours. This will help you to decide which experiences to share that are relevant to their family. You can also ask them how you would like them to implement those consequences when you are in charge.
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Question 4 of 25
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child's playtime experience?
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"I think exposing children to nature and teaching them how to play together is so important in a child's development. The more you teach kindness, patience and sharing at a young age, the more easily they will be able to practice those skills as they get older. I like to take kids on nature walks to teach them about trees and plants, educating them about how to be gentle with the earth just as they are gentle with one another."
"I think exposing children to nature and teaching them how to play together is so important in a child's development. The more you teach kindness, patience and sharing at a young age, the more easily they will be able to practice those skills as they get older. I like to take kids on nature walks to teach them about trees and plants, educating them about how to be gentle with the earth just as they are gentle with one another." Before you share your opinion, make sure you are clear on the parent or the child care supervisor's philosophy. They may have a specific routine they follow each day to give the kids exposure to nature and learn about cooperation. You can talk about activities that encourage sharing and learning to play together outside! You can give suggestions for games you think the kids would enjoy, like red light green light, red rover or big booty! There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors and play together!
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Question 5 of 25
What was your most difficult babysitting experience? How did you overcome it?
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How do you feel about supervising over five children at a time?
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Question 7 of 25
Describe ways you can turn everyday household activities into a fun activity for children?
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Question 8 of 25
What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children of ages 3-5?
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Question 9 of 25
How would you react to a toddler who was not responsive when you told them to do something?
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with kids.
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Question 11 of 25
What do you like to do in your free time?
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Question 12 of 25
What is the most interesting aspect of working with children?
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Question 13 of 25
How do you think your closest friends would describe you?
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Question 14 of 25
Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
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Question 15 of 25
What are the most challenging aspects of working in child care?
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Question 16 of 25
If hired here, how does this child care position fit into your career path?
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Question 17 of 25
How have you approached toilet training in the past?
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Question 18 of 25
What is your comfort level with cooking and preparing meals for kids?
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Question 19 of 25
Are you willing to work evenings, weekends or overnight shifts?
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Question 20 of 25
How do you voice your concerns to parents when unexpected issues arise?
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Question 21 of 25
How would you handle a baby would just would not stop crying?
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Tell me about your experience with tutoring or assisting with homework.
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Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with toddlers.
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Question 24 of 25
What activities do you typically facilitate when working with toddlers?
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Do you have any experience with children with special needs?
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Question 1 of 25
For children over the ages of five, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?
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I dont agree there should always be an adults to supervise children.
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I wouldn't allow it. I would tell them if they wanted to play outside, they would have to get an adult to watch them.
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No they need supervision.
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I believe children should not be unsupervised because you never know when something bad will happen.
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I think children always need some supervision, there are to many risks where they can harm themselves or others.
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I believe all children during outside play should be supervised. Children need to be safe.
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I belive there are still a lot of barriers even if you cannot see them so to me all children even if they are 5 years of age should be watched as when it comes to play children of that age aren't really aware of their surroundings.
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It will be insecure to send the child for outdoor play unattended.
Question 2 of 25
How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store?
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I would take them into the restroom and tell them we would stay in there until they calm down.
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Remaining calm but still showing the child that his/her behavior is not acceptable.
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Try sooth the child and come them down.
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I would wait for the child to calm down, maybe take him or her to a quiet place and we can discuss together what brought him or her to become so angry.
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Take the child ouside and talk to them and try to calm them down.
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I would explain to the child that they can not behave like that.
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Talk quietly and calmly, place child in the cart.
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I would get down on their level and tell them in a stern voice you need to stop this is not how you should behave if you don't stop there's going to be serious consequences.
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I would take the child outside, wait until they have calmed down and talk about why he or she got angry.
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It really important to stay calm, you should never raise your voice at a child, I think providing options is super important, you have to make them feel in control, countdown help too.
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I would leave the cart and take the child out to the car until they have calmed down.
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Calm down and go down to their level.
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I would make sure I remain calm and ask the child what was wrong without shouting or getting angry and I would ensure the child new I was trying to help and reasurre them we would sort out the problem.
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I would not give in to their demands and explain to them what they are doing is wrong.
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Calmly speak with them and try to get to the bottom of the temper tantrum.
Question 3 of 25
What is your stance on discipline?
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Time out. Honestly to me time out is the best discipline there is. It gives the child time to calm down and really think about what he or she did wrong.
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I was told once not to do something and if I didn't listen I would be put in time out. I wouldn't really do anything differently with my own I feel I would be strict but not super strict but I would teach them to have respect for me and to listen.
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Time out would be a good discipline because it gives a child the time to calm down and think about what he or she did wrong.
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I think positive conditioning and rewarding children is the best way to discipline a child, I understand the need to be stern sometimes too, but you always need to clearly and simply explain why they are being disciplined because they may not realise what they are doing is wrong.
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We were threatened with the wooden spoon. I use redirection to discipline my childern.
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I wasn't disciplined terribly as a child I was just told what I did wrong and that I shouldn't do it again, I never was grounded or sent to my room I was just told what I had done wrong. I would do that with my own children as I believe as long as they knew they had done wrong there is no need for punishment unless they carried on then I would just do trivial things like take away their television or limit the time of watching it so they realised.
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I was disciplined by having privileges taken away until I followed the rules.
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When I was a child we just got yelled at and knew not to do things we weren't supposed to after that. With my child I try to ask him politely. If he doesn't listen I sit him down for time out.
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My parents were quite traditional and misbehaviour was not regarded well. It was a tough childhood sometimes, but discipline made me what I am today.
Question 4 of 25
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child's playtime experience?
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The child should be able to interact, play and have fun.
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It is healthy for a children to interact with each other. Thery get know them self and the other children.
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I think it's really important. Kids love socializing and playing so as long as there is supervision, there's absolutely no problem with them playing.
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Shows them how to social with their peers.
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Should play a large role, to spend time outdoors is a healthy and positive activity. Playing with other children teaches cooperation and understanding.
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I think it's important for kids to have time outside go get fresh air and some of their energy out, and it's also important for them to have interactions with other kids so they learn how to talk to and play with other kids their age and problem solve and things like that.
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Its good for the child to have fun playing out doors and interacting with other children.
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Its really important for children to socialise and for a certain group to get along well with each over, name games, and get to know each over activites help a lot.
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Toddlers should be running around outside socializing with other children.
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It should teach teamwork and sharing. As well as how to interact with others.
Question 5 of 25
What was your most difficult babysitting experience? How did you overcome it?
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So far ive never had a bad experience.
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I have never been in child care before, but I have babysat. One of my cousins that I had babysat had hit my other cousin. I would put him in the corner.
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My worst experience was when a child hurt themselves . I paniced and did not deal with the incident as effecifely as I would like . I use this experience as a learning cerb.
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A child would not stop bitting. I had a meeting with parents to ask them would try to fix it and it does not stop I would have to take other actions.
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I have not had a Terrible experience yet since I haven't worked at an actual place before.
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I don't really have a worst experience working in child care.
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There's a little girl I watch whose very bossy with the other kids and can throws tantrums & the way I resolve it is I tell her that she is to old to throw tantrums and she needs to behave or I will inform her guardian that she was not behaving well.
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I did not have a bad experience with child care.
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One child high on the autism spectrum had a sporadic episode and got very aggressive, starting to head but and bite himself. First I lead him calmly away from the other children, and tried to restrain him from biting himself, we talked to him calm and eventually gave him the space he needed to let himself cycle down.
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I've never worked in a child care facility. I would follow the rules and regulations of the facility.
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Pee under the table made her clean it up.
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Child biting another child I told the child it's not nice and to give s hug.
Question 6 of 25
How do you feel about supervising over five children at a time?
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Yes. But only if I get an ok from you that the friend is allowed to come over.
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Yes, although not too many to handle.
Question 7 of 25
Describe ways you can turn everyday household activities into a fun activity for children?
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Involving children in choirs promote independance.
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Cooking-weights and measures, hygiene, healthy eating, tool skills/manipulation. Shopping - money, number, literacy, weights, road safety. Washing up-basic physics. Tidying - sorting activities. Use of electric appliances - technology, safety.
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Art, home corner, to question what they are used for.
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Washing dishes, dressing them selves, feeding them selves, cleaning behind them selves. Learning to read. See, hear, smell. There are a tons of things of every day life that you can do and go over and over through out from birth and really forever.
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Cleanup time, we could sing a song and make an everyday chore fun.
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Make it into a game for the children while doing household activites.
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There are a few games your can create to do this, I think craft and creating things with paper hats, spirit sticks, and diaries are a good way for children to learn.
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Wiping tables and cleaning up toys.
Question 8 of 25
What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children of ages 3-5?
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I would rather choose educational shows for them to learn at a very early age.
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Lazy town peppa pig.
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Educational shows where they can learn how to tie their shoes and stuff.
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Kids enjoy Dora, peppy pig, cat in the hat. Pbs is a great channel for kids.
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Cartoons that teach the kids things such as Dora, peppa pig, wild Kratts.
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Any show that help them learn for example mickey mouse club house where they show kids to work in groups to help them solve problems or team umizoome where it teaches them about shapes and sizes.
Question 9 of 25
How would you react to a toddler who was not responsive when you told them to do something?
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For disciplining them, putting them in a corner for at least 2 minutes. For limit setting, I've never had to, so I'm not sure.
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Explain to them why they should not behave that way and bend down to their level.
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I think time outs can be helpful, but getting on there level and trying to really help is more important.
Question 10 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with kids.
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Sleep study, cpr, how to keep a child attention.
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Early childhood development.
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I took a semester of ece I have babysat for relatives and I did co op at a daycare during high school I also worked at a home base daycare with a family friend.
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We had two week of training in america, the first week we undertook redwood group training and learnt about bloodborne pathogens, Child Sexual misconduct Prevention, and preventing member injuries. We mainly learned how to look out for potential hazards and how to prevent them through the buddy system, looking out for unknown people and really being aware of how fragile children are.
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Yes I've taken classes and I have a 5 and 3 year old.
Question 11 of 25
What do you like to do in your free time?
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I like to go to the gym, go to the cinema walk my dog.
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Play games, read and a lot of relaxing.
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I enjoy reading, also doing service.
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I like to go for walk read and listen to music.
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I like getting outside, I swim a few times a week and have been camping and surfing quite a lot.
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Beach and park with my kids.
Question 12 of 25
What is the most interesting aspect of working with children?
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Able to help a child develop their self esteems and confident and help them with their PILES and to offer support.
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Every day is different childrens awe of the world tends to rub off on me.
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Is watching the, develop and grow as a person.
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I just love interacting with them and getting on there level, what makes them laugh and have fun, I look at myself as a big brother or parent to them.
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I love this age of children. I love to watch their minds grow.
Question 13 of 25
How do you think your closest friends would describe you?
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Can be fun but as well serious.
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Friendly honest painfully shy.
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I think they would describe me as a leader, playful and a motivator.
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Loving, outgoing, patient, kind and responsible.
Question 14 of 25
Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
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I would kneel down to eye level with the child and talk very calmly. Ask what is wrong and try find the best solution to solve it.
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I have never had to handle an emergency, but I would kneel down to eye level with the child and talk very calmly. Ask what is wrong and try find the best solution to solve it.
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Sporadic episodes, asthma attacks, children fighting.
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At home had to take kid to er.
Question 15 of 25
What are the most challenging aspects of working in child care?
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Having to repeat yourself more than once when you tell the child to do something.
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Having to repeat yourself more than once when you tell the child to do something.
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I find it is more challenging working with their parents.
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Sometimes they don't listen.
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Patience when dealing with difficult children, I think I am sometime to lenient and need to take stronger action. When problems arise I try to get onto there level and redirect them to something more positive.
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The different personalities.
Question 16 of 25
If hired here, how does this child care position fit into your career path?
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It will help me get more qualifications in this.
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I'd like to look after aboriginal children in central australia I think it will be a difficult but an eye opening experience, I may want to get into case work later on. I also really enjoy teaching, and think I could be good at inspiring youth to learn and create.
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I see myself becoming a teacher.
Question 17 of 25
How have you approached toilet training in the past?
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Patiently and always praising the child and never giving out about accidents.
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Patiently and always praising the child and never giving out about accidents..
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I'm still toilet training my daughter.
Question 18 of 25
What is your comfort level with cooking and preparing meals for kids?
Question 19 of 25
Are you willing to work evenings, weekends or overnight shifts?
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I'm available as soon as your ready to have me, I can work all through out the week and don't mind getting up early.
Question 20 of 25
How do you voice your concerns to parents when unexpected issues arise?
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I am prepared to face any issue full on.
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Struggle but get it done.
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I learn quickly, and can adapt well to environments, I was put in the deep end when I went to America, I always ask questions when I need guidance and am not afraid to put myself out there.
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I like to follow procedures and when something comes arise I like to bring it to supervisor attention.
Question 21 of 25
How would you handle a baby would just would not stop crying?
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Find the reason why she cries like check her diaper, maybe she is hungry or maybe she's not feeling well.
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Find the reason why she cries like check her diaper, maybe she is hungry or maybe she's not feeling well.
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When a parent was dropping their child in I held the child and tried to provide distraction for the child as the parent left.
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I checked to see if he/she was hurt.
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I figured out the cause of the crying (hungry, missing parents, etc.) and dealt with the underlying issue. If it was missing parents, I would distract and comfort the child by finding a task for him or her to do (holding a paintbrush, throwing a ball etc.).
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I haven't worked with babies but im eager to learn.
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My kids. Rock, sing, make faces.
Question 22 of 25
Tell me about your experience with tutoring or assisting with homework.
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Yes, I have an older brother and sister who helped me so i'd love to past on the encouragement.
Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with toddlers.
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To play and have fun and be comfortable in their environment.
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I think its really important to create a calm and positive environment for them, you have to be really aware and reduce hazards while guiding and helping them with small tasks.
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Make sure they are safe and secluded from older children.
Question 24 of 25
What activities do you typically facilitate when working with toddlers?
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Our basic program was, drop off, flag, out door activities lunch, inside activities and certain big games with the other parts of camp.
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At home we play outside on our bikes, review homework, play with our toys.
Question 25 of 25
Do you have any experience with children with special needs?

About Child Care

August 17th, 2017

A Child Care career requires an enormous amount of responsibility. Parents are trusting you to watch over their children, typically while they are at work. Most child care workers have some form of training through taking courses on child development, volunteering or babysitting. They may be required to complete CPR and basic first aid training. The duties for every child care career vary depending on the needs of the employer, but must duties consist of providing for the emotional and physical needs of the children. Child care workers also ensure the safety of the children.

A child care interview will typically be a one-on-one interview with the child care director. Depending on how thorough the director wants to be, expect a single interview. Begin preparing for your interview by researching the daycare facility. Understand their values and what philosophy they preach to the parents. Reflect on their mission and their values. You want to be able to explain how your child care philosophy aligns with theirs.

Interview questions you may expect for a child care position will first be on the safety of children. The number one responsibility for any childcare facility is the security of each child. Prepare to answer scenario-based questions that we have listed on Mockquestions.com for childcare safety. Next, the interviewer will want to know your experience working with kids. Someone who has never watched children before will face an uphill battle during their interview. Lastly, some childcare workers will be expected to foster a learning environment. Be prepared to elaborate on your ability and passion for teaching children.

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