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What has been the most formative experience you've had in your work with young children and families?

1 of 30 Daycare Worker Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on February 3rd, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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The interviewer wants to know about an experience you've had, within your child care career, that has left a lasting impression on you. Perhaps you worked with a special needs child, giving them the confidence to read aloud. Maybe you helped a child with an issue surrounding bullying. Whatever your experience, briefly tell your story to the interviewer. Show the hiring authority that you have a genuine passion for your career path in child care.

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"The most formative experience was when I worked with a child, one on one, who was 7 and could barely yet read. Professionals were throwing out a diagnosis that included dyslexia, ADHD and more. Her parents hired me to work with her for three months. The progress she made was astounding. I feel that my work with her saved her from embarrassment in school, and even potential medication. This experience truly was one of the most gratifying times of my career."

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"During my internship, I was working in a preschool. One of the students there was so cute and affectionate with me. I didn't know why she was drawn to me so much, but it was endearing. At the end of my internship, she made me a homemade card and cookies. Later, I learned from the director that this child had lost her mom the year before. I believe she saw qualities in me that made her feel safe, cared for, and mothered. This experience made me reflect on the fact that we spend more time with these kids than their parents can, some days. This fact means that we have to be even more aware of our actions and the overall vibe that we are giving to the kids we care for."

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 11/21/2014
Last modified on: 02/03/2019

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What has been the most formative experience you've had in your work with young children and families?
I found out that the most formative experiences that have helped me to grow and become the best as what I do is through the course work but mostly with hands on experience. I found that I can work well with children with disabilities and experiencing working with these children the end result was very postive.
I would have to say the experiences that stick out the most to me, are the ones I've had with children with special needs and their families. I have always liked a challenge and I also like being able to help. Working with children is very rewarding and especially children with developmental issues. Being able to help them overcome extreme obstacles makes me feel accomplished and I love how happy it makes them and their parents as well.
I believe that families need to be involved and giving them opportunities to stop in to watch and interact with all the kids is great. Being honest with families is also essential this way they know what is going on but we as providers, also know what is going on and are on the same page.
Probably serving as a mothers helper for two years for a family with 5 children as well as being a babysitter to many families over the years. Learning to take care of children with or without their parents at home has given me various experiences to make decisions that I thought were in the best interest of the child/children. The experience of watching children grow and learning how to communicate to the child on his/her level all the while maintaining the responsibility of his/her caregiver.
Watching the children learn and grow. The feeling of accomplishment on a young childs face when they finally understand a new concept.
Some time it's difficult but I know how to handle a child and what are healthy foods for kids.
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