During an interview with a potential child care provider, ask
open-ended questions, such as:
How would you describe yourself?
ages of children have you cared for?
How often do you think a
toddler should go outside to play?
What are your favorite
children's books? How often do you think you should read to a
What would you do if my child fell and cut himself or
herself, passed out, or had a seizure?
Are you willing to watch my
child when he or she is sick or injured?
Ask specific questions about caring for a child in your child's age
group, such as:
How do you handle a crying 6-month-old
What kind of games would you play with a
How would you discipline a 4-year-old who is talking
Would you be willing to help my child with his or her
Have your child present for at least part of your interview with a
potential individual care provider. Watch how the provider interacts with your
Ask the provider about his or her educational background, including
training in child care. Ask specifically whether he or she is trained to
prevent choking and certified in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
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