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
- How do I choose the right child care?
- What are the different kinds of child care?
- What should I ask when I interview a potential caregiver?
- How do I make sure the caregiver maintains the same quality of care?
- Is what a child learns in preschool important?
- Is my child is too sick to go to day care?
- What should I do if I think my child was injured at child care?
- Why does my child have to go outside when the weather is too hot or cold?
- How many children can one person care for at a time?
- Why does my child have to take a nap at child care?