Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area
ensuring success in children age 0-5 in hardin and marshall county, iowa
Conducting A Childcare Interview
When my son was an infant I provided child care out of my home. From the beginning, I sought out to make it a business. I was a registered home provider who utilized the food program to offer healthy meals, provided various play experiences, and had a contract with parents.
Because families would be entering my home on a daily basis, I knew that interviewing potential families was going to be the key to success. The interview can be beneficial for the child care provider, the child, and the family. Determining the right fit ensures longevity for everyone involved.
When looking for child care, parents and caregivers should ask to schedule an interview and a visit. Come prepared to the interview ready to ask questions, take a tour and gain an understanding for the provider’s policies. Common questions you can ask are:
For every interview I conducted with families that were unfavorable, there were about five favorable interviews. It fostered a great relationship between the child, the parent, and myself. If you are in need of childcare, Child Care Resource and Referral has created a guide to “Choosing Quality Child Care” which can be found at: https://iowaccrr.org/resources/files/BGP/78%20ParentGuide.pdf
Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Director
Disclosure: Carrie Kube is a Director for the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board. All thoughts and opinions expressed are that of the author and not the Board and/or its community partners.