Basic Questions for Childcare Workers:

(Please use appropriate questions for other domestics)

  1. For how long have you worked as a nanny?
  2. Why did you choose to become a nanny?
  3. What ages were the children with whom you’ve worked?
  4. Describe your last childcare experience and why it ended.
  5. Please describe your longest nanny job. Why did it work so well?
  6. What was a typical day in most of your previous nanny jobs?
  7. What do you find to be the most challenging (or interesting) part of working with children? What do children most like about you?
  8. (If applicable) Do you have any special needs experience
  9. Have you ever taken CPR? Are you planning to? Do you know how to swim?
  10. Give examples of situations in which you had to discipline children in your care. Would you be agreeable to accepting and enforcing our methods of discipline if different?
  11. Are you willing, agreeable and able to follow our parents’ guidelines and philosophy on raising our children?
  12. What are the biggest safety issues you’ve encountered as a nanny?
  13. Have you ever had to handle an accident or emergency? If so, what action did you take?
  14. What is your experience/philosophy with children watching TV and/or computers?
  15. What are your favorite children’s books? TV shows? Movies?
  16. Have you taken any childcare classes? Do you speak another language? Play an instrument? Sing? Are you currently enrolled in college/graduate school and/or do you plan to do so?
  17. Can you cook healthy meals and provide healthy snacks for children? How have you coped with children who are picky eaters? What meals or snacks have you prepared for children?
  18. Tell me about your childhood and your current relationship with your family.
  19. Do you have any health problems/allergies?
  20. What do you like to do in your free time?
  21. How do you think your closest friends would describe you and your personality?
  22. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  23. On a scale of 1- 10, how would you rate your organizations skills? Patience?
  24. What are the usual ways in which you communicate with the parents of the children for whom you are caring?
  25. How is your driving record? Please elaborate.
  26. Would you consider using your own car on a job, if reimbursed for usage/mileage?
  27. What days/hours do you usually (or want to) work as a live in or live out nanny?
  28. If one or both parents were late on occasion would you be able/willing to stay?
  29. Are you available on an occasional basis for later nights or weekends if needed?
  30. Are you available to travel occasionally?
  31. What tasks or chores, in addition to childcare have you and would you perform on a nanny job? Will you do light housekeeping? Will you work with pets?
  32. What about this job appeals to you? Do you have any questions or concerns?

For children from birth to 2 years, consider the following questions:

  1. How do you handle a crying baby?
  2. What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child this age?
  3. What activities would you engage in with a child this age?
  4. What role you do believe a nanny can play in language development?
  5. What do you like best about working with infants? Toddlers?

For 2-3 year olds, consider the following questions:

  1. What types of indoor and outdoor activities have you engaged in with children this age?
  2. What role does interaction with other toddlers have in a child’s day?
  3. What types of educational activities would you engage a child this age in?
  4. How have you prepared and introduced healthy foods to children this age?
  5. What would you do to encourage a fussy eater? How do you feel about sweets?
  6. How would you handle a temper tantrum in a grocery store? In our home?
  7. How do you feel toilet training should be approached?
  8. How would you handle a cranky toddler who needs a nap but doesn’t want to stop playing?
  9. What do you like best about this age group?

For 3-10 year olds, consider the following questions:

  1. How would you help prepare a child for a day at pre-school/kindergarten/grade school?
  2. Are you willing to supervise play time with other children in our home and/or take our child to gymnastics/activity groups, which may or may not require your active participation?
  3. What are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision (i.e., the child is outside and the caregiver is in the house with a younger child)?
  4. What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for these ages?
  5. What talks/chores/errands are you willing to do while a child is at school?
  6. Are you willing to supervise friends of our child who are invited to our home while you are in charge?
  7. What computers software/movies/video games, television shows/books do you find viable? Why?
  8. Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with homework? Up to what grade level?
  9. What would you do if a child told you he/she was being bullied at school? On the bus?
  10. How important is it for you to communicate important events with parents? Do you do so daily? Weekly?

Additionally, for Pre-Teens and Teens, consider the following questions:

  1. Have you worked with the age group previously? What issues or problems, if any, have you encountered? How did you resolve them?
  2. What would you do if a child confided in you that he/she was doing something against the rules and asked you not to tell his/her parents?
  3. If an older child were rude to you, how would you address the issue?
  4. How would you help motivate a child who didn’t want to start his/her homework?
  5. If an older child were rude to you, how would you address the issue?
  6. Why do you believe that you are well-suited to work with this age group?
  7. What do you see as your role with helping a teenager (or child of any age) develop a positive self-image?
  8. How much supervision do you believe children10 and older should have?

Salary and Benefits:

  1. What is your requested salary range?
  2. What vacation do you normally take-both paid and unpaid?
  3. What other benefits have you had in previous jobs?