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Ryan Brown
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17 Nanny
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  1. Describe what a typical day would be for my child?

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    • "How do you guide children."
    • "What television shows do you feel are appropriate for this age child."
    • "A typical day would have to be playing outside in the sandpit or playing on the playground that it is safe and at the right level for the child."
    • "Describe your child care experience."
    • "Wake up in the give breakfast that depending on the age of child give a bath."
    • "I think you have to base the day's activities on how the child is feeling on that particular day. Children have a tendency to have up and down mood swings. Also, you have to mix up the activities you do with the child because children get bored easily. I don't follow a set schedule. Some of the things I would do on any given day may include reading, arts and crafts, cooking or baking, playing outside, or going to the park. It just depends. Of cou."
    • "I think you have to base the day's activities on how the child is feeling on that particular day. Children have a tendency to have up and down mood swings. Also, you have to mix up the activities you do with the child because children get bored easily. I don't follow a set schedule. Some of the things I would do on any given day may include reading, arts and crafts, cooking or baking, playing outside, or going to the park. It just depends. Of course every day would include feeding the child, playing with the child, and cleaning the child and house when needed."
  2. Describe ways you can turn everyday household activities into learning opportunities for children?

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    • "I believe that the most useful way to help young children develop is to continuously be communicating with the child. You should describe every activity that you are doing with the child. This helps the child understand what is happening and improves their vocabulary. As the child gets older, it should become more of a conversation, with you asking the child to answer questions about the various activities."
    • "Puzzle can build children mimd and they will know how to solve a problem."
  3. What methods do you use to encourage positive behavior?

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    • "Rewarding them with praise a."
    • "What methods do you use to guide children."
    • "Being nice to children is one ways of encouraging positive behavior.Children are observant and they can easily adopt the environment. As a care provider you need to be a role model and show them the best that they can be."
    • "What appeals to you about taking care of children?"
    • "If children behaviour in class give them a price."
    • "The methods I would use to encourage positive behaviour would have to be good job, well done, thats a boy or girl."
    • "Being nice to children is one ways of encouraging positive behavior.Children are observant and they can easily adopt the environment. As a care provider you need to be a role model and show them the best that they can be."
    • "I think children learn a lot by observing. By showing them respect and how to respect others, they will learn to be polite and to always use their manners. By reading with them or participating in arts and crafts, they gain knowledge and an understanding that these types of activities are more productive than simply sitting around watching television. Whatever personality traits you show them on a daily basis is what they will eventually adopt in their own lives, so I feel if I'm always a positive role model, that will naturally reflect on them."
  4. How will you give individual attention to each child?

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    • "Have one child work on on activity while handling the other child yet always paying attention to both."
    • "Children need especial attention according to their ages. Young ones needs more attention than the old one. First is the young one can not do simple work such as bathing so she needs your help. While adult can do it alone."
    • "Buy attending each children tell them you are doing a good work."
    • "To play him/her to feed him."
    • "With multiple children, it is always difficult to give individual attention to one without feeling as though the others are being neglected. That said, I believe the best way to give any child individual attention is to be a good listener and always be attentive when any individual child has something to say. It is important to listen to a child with great attentiveness to demonstrate that you care about them and what they have to say."
  5. What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children of ages 3-5?

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    • "Brain stimulating shows.... Nick jr."
    • "I feel that sometimes, it is okay for small children to watch cartoons because I know it appeals to them and sometimes they don't want to always be up and running around. Some programs that are tailored to children viewers actually do focus on learning. However, I tend to shy away from television altogether just because there are so many other activities you can participate in with them that they can actually get something out of."
  6. Why did you go into child care?

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    • "Why did you go into child care."
    • "I want to go into childcare because I love working with children, being able to watch and be apart of there development is an amazing feeling Aswell as making a bond."
    • "Because of I want to know their culture and tradition."
    • "I went into child care to experience the feeling to how to look after children and what you have to know to look after them."
    • "Taking care of the children are quiet difficult but if you have the knowledge and skills you can do it easily.I decided to go into child care because it makes me feel happy and I am able to explore intellectual, social and emotional development by providing different activities. Those activities will enhance skills knowledge and learn how to get along with other children."
    • "I went into child care to experience the feeling to how to look after children and what you have to know to look after them."
    • "For money?"
    • "Talk to me about your educational background and/or your experiences caring for young children?"
    • "Talk to me about your educational background and/or your experiences caring for young children?"
    • "What experience do you have caring for children? What childcare qualifications do you have?"
  7. Describe your last child care experience and why it ended?

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    • "Wonderfull family however they ended up relcoating."
    • "I really enjoyed working with children course they will always makes you more happy it was my practical."
    • "I worked in a nursery, I start of as cover staff and worked my self up to a full time position. I worked with ages 0-2 mostly, a normal day would invove activities, lunch, naps, going out. The job came to an end due to my time keeping which has since then got a lot better."
    • "Describe your last childcare experience?"
    • "My last child care experience was watching two children, a 5 year old and a 3 year old, every day after school my senior year of high school. I would go to their house and usually feed them a snack first. Then we would either play outside on their swingset or play downstairs in their basement. They had tons of toys, books, card games, etc. So every day was different. I would also watch them on the weekends from time to time when their parents wanted to go out. I really enjoyed it which is why I want to get back into this industry. Unfortunately, I had to stop watching them when I moved away to go to college."
    • "In my last child care experience, I cared for only one child. I cared for the child from the age of 4 to the age of 7. Unfortunately, my husband and I relocated to a new state for my husband's job, thus forcing me to give up my position."
    • "Describe your experience in childcare."
  8. Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are invited to our home while you are in charge?

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    • "What television shows do you feel are appropriate for this age child."
    • "Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are invited to our home while you are in charge?"
    • "As long as you are okay with the children being in your home and the parents of the other children are aware and okay with me surpervising them, I do not have a problem with it occasionally. I don't think I would like doing it on a daily basis, because my job is to watch your child, not theirs. Like I said, I am completely comfortable watching multiple children on occasion."
  9. What appeals to you about taking care of children?

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    • "Play with children helping them to write and bathing them."
    • "What appeals to you about taking care of children?"
    • "Taking care of children are quite difficult because in this age range is in their curiosity stage where in they intend to do something which caught their attention. It simply show there innocence."
    • "They warm smile and having make sure they are fine at all time."
    • "I've always loved children. I think they are so creative and so honest, usually to a fault. It's positive though, because they don't know any better than to be completely honest and say whatever they are thinking. Unlike adults who are so caught up in their daily routine and the stresses of life, children are so carefree and usually always happy. I love working with them and picking their brain- I think because I'd like to go through life with the spirit they have. And let's face it- children are just way more interesting than adults. I'd rather hang out with a 3 year old than a 30 year old any day of the week."
    • "The energey the yhave and how they have no care in the world."
    • "I m very interested to care children and to play with them then it is my satisfaction."
  10. How are you at voicing your concerns when unexpected issues arise?

  11. Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with homework?

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    • "Yes. I have backgroound tutoring."
    • "Yes I am comfortable reviewing and assisting with homework."
    • "Absolutely. In high school, I was a tutor to several different students, so I have experience assisting others in completing homework, studying for tests and completing various other projects. The most important thing is to assist the child in coming to the right answers, not simply providing the answers for the child. It is vital to be supportive and patient."
    • "I am completely comfortable with homework help. Throughout my years of school, I tutored a lot of different kids; mostly in english, spelling, and basic math. I also used to play "teacher" with my younger sister all the time when we were growing up. I loved when I would explain a concept to her and she would actually get it- teaching is more fun to me than a chore. She went into 2nd grade knowing how to divide fractions and all of her friends and teachers were QUITE impressed. :)"
  12. For children over the ages of 5, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?

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    • "Always need some supervision especially in public places."
    • "It not good they will push other children though they where playing."
    • "My feelings are for outdoor play without direct supervision is that its not right to leave a child alone because something might go wrong or an accident."
  13. What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children between ages 3-5?

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    • "The limit setting of disipline I find effective would have to be a warning and if it happens again would have to be sit in the corner and think about what they have just done."
  14. How do you encourage problem solving and personal expression encouraged?

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    • "Buy providing material and resources. Treat idea with respect."
    • "Alwayas show the child the right vs wrong way to do things. And encourage them to do things correctly even if it is a struggle. Teach them to never give up. And make sure personal expression is always clear to understand the child."
  15. Have you had experience dealing with the stages of age development with children?

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    • "Well, of course I have experience."
  16. What do you like most about being a child care provider?

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    • "The obvious, yet honest, answer is that I love children. I love helping children learn and develop. Outside of teaching, being a child care provider is the job most perfectly suited for that."
  17. What do you try to accomplish with the children?

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    • "At the most basic level, that the children's needs are being met. Once that is accomplished, the goal is to enrich their lives with education, arts, music and the like. This can be accomplished with story time, painting, and playing with musical instruments."