What should I ask when I interview a potential caregiver?

  • May I see your DFPS permit or letter to operate?
  • What do you like the most/ least about caring for children?
  • What is the typical day like for a child in your care?
  • How much TV do you let children watch?
  • How do you discipline children?
  • How do you handle nap times? How do you handle diaper changing or toilet training?
  • What types of play or learning activities do you offer for my child?
  • Are you trained in CPR and First Aid?
  • What other training have you and your staff had?
  • How will you let me know about my child’s progress or concerns?
  • What types of foods do you serve for meals and snacks?
  • Are children ever transported?
  • If so, do you use seatbelts or car seats?
  • How do you handle weather or other emergencies?

Sample questions courtesy of Lesia Oesterreich, Iowa State University