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Child Care Interview Questions

1. For children over the ages of 5, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?
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hildcare, child care, or babycare is the act of caring for and supervising children usually from 0-8 years of age. (In the UK and Australia, day care is referred to as "childcare".) In the United States child care is increasingly referred to as early childhood education due to the understanding of the impact of early experiences of the developing child.
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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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#3 of 27

How were you disciplined as a child? What would you do differently with your own children?

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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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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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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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#4 of 27

What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child's play?

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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.
 

Education Requirements

Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from less than a high school diploma to an early childhood education certification.

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#5 of 27

What was your worst experience in child care and how did you resolve it?

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Their curiosity.
 
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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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#6 of 27

Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are invited to our home while you are in charge?

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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.
 

Work Environment

Childcare workers care for children in childcare centers, their own home, or the homes of the children in their care. Many work full time, but part-time work and irregular hours are common.

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#7 of 27

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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#8 of 27

Describe ways you can turn everyday household activities into learning opportunities 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.
 

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#9 of 27

What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children between ages 3-5?

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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.
 
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Correct time out.
 
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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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#10 of 27

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.
 

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#11 of 27

Have you taken classes on child care? What other training do you have?

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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.
 

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#12 of 27

Verify current CPR and child first aid certifications?

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How to take care of wounds, and emergency situations.
 
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I do not have a current cpr or first aid certification, however I have had in training from undertaking surf lifesaving and further experience in america dealing with grazes, medications and certain bits and rashes.
 

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#13 of 27

What do you find to be the most interesting part 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.
 

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#14 of 27

How do you think your closest friends would describe you and your personality?

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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.
 

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#15 of 27

What indoor activities would you engage in with a child between the ages of 2-3?

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Drawing, cutting with siccors, letters, numbers, names.
 
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Craft is great, painting, group activities, and memory games.
 
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Block building, singing, making music, reading books.
 

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#16 of 27

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.
 

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#17 of 27

What do you find to be the most challenging part of working with children?

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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.
 

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#18 of 27

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.
 

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#19 of 27

How are you at voicing your concerns 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.
 

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#20 of 27

Do you speak any foreign languages?

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I'm trying to learn some spanish, i'm thinking of going to teach over there one year.
 

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#21 of 27

Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with homework?

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Yes i enjoy it.
 
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Yes, I have an older brother and sister who helped me so i'd love to past on the encouragement.
 

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#22 of 27

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.
 

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#23 of 27

What activities do you routinely part take in when you last cared for a child or toddler?

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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.
 

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#24 of 27

What do you see as a primary responsibility for children around the ages of 1-2?

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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.
 

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#25 of 27

Tell me about a time when you had to handle a crying baby? What did you do?

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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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Kept them amused.
 
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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.
 

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#26 of 27

What television shows do you enjoy watching?

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Soaps drama.
 
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I love Game of Thrones and am a bit of a Doctor Who nerd.
 
3.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
 

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#27 of 27

What hours are you available to work?

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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.
 
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