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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?
Self-guided play is becoming more and more popular. As kids learn to calm themselves and play nicely with one another, they are more capable of playing on their own. Now, depending on who you are interviewing with, they may not feel comfortable with you letting the kids play on their own at such a young age. However, there are ways you can supervise from afar, like when you are watching kids play on the playground. You can still be present while allowing kids to play on their own. You may want to explain that you feel most comfortable being in the same room while the five-year-olds play. Maybe you aren't involved with the activity, but you are still available in case they need your help.
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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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Child Care Information
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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Question 1 of 25
For children over the ages of five, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?
Self-guided play is becoming more and more popular. As kids learn to calm themselves and play nicely with one another, they are more capable of playing on their own. Now, depending on who you are interviewing with, they may not feel comfortable with you letting the kids play on their own at such a young age. However, there are ways you can supervise from afar, like when you are watching kids play on the playground. You can still be present while allowing kids to play on their own. You may want to explain that you feel most comfortable being in the same room while the five-year-olds play. Maybe you aren't involved with the activity, but you are still available in case they need your help.
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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It will be insecure to send the child for outdoor play unattended.
2.
No they need supervision.
3.
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.
4.
I believe children should not be unsupervised because you never know when something bad will happen.
5.
I dont agree there should always be an adults to supervise children.
Question 2 of 25
How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store?
"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."
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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Probably ignore the child and if it escalated try to soothe him or her.
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Try sooth the child and come them down.
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Ehat difficulties will the applicant experience while placed working in a foreign country?
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Calmly speak with them and try to get to the bottom of the temper tantrum.
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I would explain to the child that they can not behave like that.
Question 3 of 25
What is your stance on discipline?
"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."
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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We were threatened with the wooden spoon. I use redirection to discipline my childern.
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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.
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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 was disciplined by having privileges taken away until I followed the rules.
Question 4 of 25
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child's playtime experience?
"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."
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User Submitted Interview Answers
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Toddlers should be running around outside socializing with other children.
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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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It should teach teamwork and sharing. As well as how to interact with others.
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Shows them how to social with their peers.
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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.
Question 5 of 25
What was your most difficult babysitting experience? How did you overcome it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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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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So far ive never had a bad experience.
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I don't really have a worst experience working in child care.
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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.
Question 6 of 25
How do you feel about supervising over five children at a time?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes. But only if I get an ok from you that the friend is allowed to come over.
2.
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?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Wiping tables and cleaning up toys.
2.
Art, home corner, to question what they are used for.
3.
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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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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Make it into a game for the children while doing household activites.
Question 8 of 25
What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children of ages 3-5?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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.
2.
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.
Question 9 of 25
How would you react to a toddler who was not responsive when you told them to do something?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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.
2.
Correct time out.
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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.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes I've taken classes and I have a 5 and 3 year old.
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Sleep study, cpr, how to keep a child attention.
3.
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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Early childhood development.
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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.
Question 11 of 25
What do you like to do in your free time?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Beach and park with my kids.
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Play games, read and a lot of relaxing.
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I like to go to the gym, go to the cinema walk my dog.
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I like to go for walk read and listen to music.
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I enjoy reading, also doing service.
Question 12 of 25
What is the most interesting aspect of working with children?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I love this age of children. I love to watch their minds grow.
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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.
5.
able to help a child develop their self esteems and confident and help them with their PILES and to offer support
Question 13 of 25
How do you think your closest friends would describe you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Loving, outgoing, patient, kind and responsible.
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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.
Question 14 of 25
Have you ever had to handle an emergency? If so, what happened and what action did you take?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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At home had to take kid to er.
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Sporadic episodes, asthma attacks, children fighting.
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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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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.
Question 15 of 25
What are the most challenging aspects of working in child care?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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The different personalities.
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Sometimes they don't listen.
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Having to repeat yourself more than once when you tell the child to do something.
Question 16 of 25
If hired here, how does this child care position fit into your career path?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I see myself becoming a teacher.
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It will help me get more qualifications in this.
3.
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.
Question 17 of 25
How have you approached toilet training in the past?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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Patiently and always praising the child and never giving out about accidents.
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?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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Struggle but get it done.
3.
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 am prepared to face any issue full on.
Question 21 of 25
How would you handle a baby would just would not stop crying?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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My kids. Rock, sing, make faces.
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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 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.).
5.
I haven't worked with babies but im eager to learn.
Question 22 of 25
Tell me about your experience with tutoring or assisting with homework.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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.
Question 23 of 25
Tell me about your experience working with toddlers.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Make sure they are safe and secluded from older children.
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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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To play and have fun and be comfortable in their environment.
Question 24 of 25
What activities do you typically facilitate when working with toddlers?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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At home we play outside on our bikes, review homework, play with our toys.
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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.
Question 25 of 25
Do you have any experience with children with special needs?
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