Topic Overview

During an interview with a potential child care provider, ask
open-ended questions, such as:

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What
    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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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics

Current as ofMay 4, 2017

Current as of:
May 4, 2017