We, of course, lost the questions we used 5-odd years ago and had to recreate a list. (I should probably finish the unfinished post in drafts about how we came around to having mother’s helpers rather than a nanny or daycare and how that worked out for us.)
Here’s what we came up with:
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What is your previous child-care experience?
- What do you like most about childcare? What do you like least?
- How do you handle a crying baby?
- Can you spoil an infant?
- What are your beliefs on discipline for infants?
- How do you entertain a baby?
- What are your thoughts about feeding on demand?
- How do you feel about holding the baby a lot?
- We don’t believe in rigid schedules for babies (though we are fine with routines). Are you ok with that?
- Do you have infant CPR training? Would you be willing to take a class to get certification?
- What do you want to know about our baby?
- Do you have reliable transportation? (The bus line does not come to our neighborhood.)
- If you start this job, would you be able to commit to it for the entire semester?
- Would you be interested in continuing second semester? Over the summer?
- Are you allergic to cats?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you feel comfortable doing light housework while the baby is nursing (cleaning the kitchen, folding baby laundry, baby-proofing the house etc.)?
- A few days out of the year our 5 year old will be home from school because of school vacation days. Is that ok? Your responsibility will still be for the baby, not the elementary schooler.
- Do you have any questions for us?
And then if they haven’t scared us off, they hold the baby. Last time we discovered some applicants said they had experience but had obviously never held a baby before.
What questions do you think are important for hiring childcare?