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Interviewing the Child Care Worker

A list of child care interview questions are great to have on hand before interviewing a child care worker. As the director of a daycare facility or in-home child care, it is your responsibility to hire responsible, professional, early childhood educators that will provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children in your care. Whether you are caring for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers, a child care worker in your employ will need, not only a loving, nurturing demeanor, but also professionalism and the ability to lead lessons and activities in your facility that are appropriate for the social, emotional, mental, and physical development of the children in their care. That is why child care interview questions are so important. Extension online courses can help to educate the director and providers under his/her supervision in courses such as:

Developing a list of child care interview questions, as well as, a comprehensive hiring and retention plan will help bring the needs of your center into focus. Items that need to be addressed before starting the hiring process include:

You will also want to have an interviewing plan to accompany your child care interview questions. This should include:

Be sure you understand that you may only assess abilities required for the position. There are questions that you cannot inquire about directly or indirectly, such as age, race, color, ancestry, origin, etc. See Extension Online's "Leadership 101" course for a more comprehensive list and further details that will help you hire a professional staff for your child care facility.

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