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1. For children over the ages of five, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?
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List of Child Care Interview Questions
  1. For children over the ages of five, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?
  2. How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store?
  3. What is your stance on discipline?
  4. What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child's playtime experience?
  5. What was your most difficult babysitting experience? How did you overcome it?
  6. How do you feel about supervising over five children at a time?
  7. Describe ways you can turn everyday household activities into a fun activity for children?
  8. What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children of ages 3-5?
  9. How would you react to a toddler who was not responsive when you told them to do something?
  10. Tell me about your experience working with kids.
  11. What do you like to do in your free time?
  12. What is the most interesting aspect of working with children?
  13. How do you think your closest friends would describe you?
  14. Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
  15. What are the most challenging aspects of working in child care?
  16. If hired here, how does this child care position fit into your career path?
  17. How have you approached toilet training in the past?
  18. What is your comfort level with cooking and preparing meals for kids?
  19. Are you willing to work evenings, weekends or overnight shifts?
  20. How do you voice your concerns to parents when unexpected issues arise?
  21. How would you handle a baby would just would not stop crying?
  22. Tell me about your experience with tutoring or assisting with homework.
  23. Tell me about your experience working with toddlers.
  24. What activities do you typically facilitate when working with toddlers?
  25. Do you have any experience with children with special needs?
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Elisabeth Walter
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Ryan Brown
Child Care Information
February 16th, 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 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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