Childcare Interview Questions

Let's just get to it. Here's our comprehensive list of questions childcare interviews. Did we miss anything?

Nanny/Nanny share

  • Ask for a resume. If they don’t have one, ask about their experience caring for children, CPR training, education level and references
  • Why are you looking for a new job? Why did your previous job end?
  • Please describe your experience working with multiple children. Are you willing to do a nanny share?  
  • Please describe your favorite and the most challenging aspects of your previous job.
  • Have you had a negative work situation? How did you resolve it?
  • Why do you like being a nanny? What do you find most challenging?
  • How would you describe your personality?
  • How much flexibility do you have to arrive early or stay late occasionally?
  • How would you handle a meltdown/temper tantrum at the library?
  • What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for this age?
  • What do you like to do with children?
  • What would you do with my child on a rainy day?
  • Are you familiar with this neighborhood?
  • Are you willing (and licensed) to drive?  Do you have a car? Do we have permission to check your driving record?
  • Do you have authorization to work in the U.S.? If yes, do we have your permission to do a background check?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • How would you manage a personal emergency that occurred during the care/work day?
  • Do you smoke? Do you have issues with pets?
  • What household tasks are you willing to perform (i.e., laundry, dishes, shopping, cooking for children, other cooking, other cleaning tasks)?
  • How will you travel here?
  • [Depending on your preferences] Are your vaccinations up to date, specifically TDAP (whooping cough)? Are you willing to get a flu shot?
  • Do you have three references you can provide?

Daycare

  • How do you share information on the child’s day with parents?
  • What’s the daily schedule? [How does this fit in with your baby’s current routine or lackthereof]
  • How do you accommodate unique sleep routines?
  • How many children do you serve, and what are their ages?
  • What types of activities do you do with the children?
  • What is a typical day like for the children? How much time do they spend outside?
  • How often is your center cleaned?
  • Is the center licensed?
  • What is the child/teacher ratio?
  • What meals and supplies do I need to provide?
  • What is your sick day policy? What is your vaccination policy?
  • Has your daycare ever faced an emergency? What is your emergency plan and how do you prepare the children?
  • Do caregivers have first-aid/CPR and child development training?

Reference check

  • How long have you known the applicant?
  • How long did the caregiver care for your child/children and how old were your children at the time?
  • Why did the caregiving arrangement end?
  • What kinds of activities did the caregiver do with your children?
  • Was the caregiver reliable?  Reachable by phone? On time?
  • Did the caregiver handle any emergencies?  If so, how?
  • How did this caregiver compared to others they've had?
  • If you needed a caregiver now, would you hire this person?  If no, why not?
  • Please rate the caregiver on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest possible score). If the score is less than a 10, ask for specific examples of what the caregiver could have done to receive a 10.