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Child Care and Children's Programs

Screening by phone

Do an initial screening by phone and decide which homes you want to visit. If you have only a few names, you may want to visit them all. Keep in mind that a person who may be suitable for your child may not impress you on the phone. Unless you are absolutely sure you don't want this person, plan an initial meeting.

If you are looking for someone to come into your home, consider asking them these questions:

  1. What training or experience do you have working with children?
  2. Have you worked with children before? What were their ages?
  3. Why do you want to work with children?
  4. What kind of things do you like to do with children?
  5. What other kinds of work experience have you had?
  6. Why did you leave your last job?
  7. What other kinds of work are you considering?
  8. Do you have the names and phone numbers of people for whom you have worked before?
  9. What is the minimum length of time you will stay at this job?

If you are screening someone who might care for your child in his/her own home, consider asking them these questions:

  1. How did you get started as a home child-care provider?
  2. What training or experience do you have caring for children? How long have you been giving care?
  3. What kind of things do you like to do with children?
  4. How many children are you caring for now? What are their ages?
  5. What area of the city (neighbourhood) are you in?
  6. What will you charge (state days, hours) each week?
  7. Will you supply the names of people whose children you have cared for in the past?