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Child Care and Children's Programs

Preparation for the first interview

Write down questions that you want to ask. Most people forget what they want to ask when they are in the middle of a conversation.

Questions about the care your child will receive and observations

Here is a partial list of questions you might like to ask:

  • What kinds of television programs do you think children should watch?
  • What do you do when a child misbehaves?
  • What do you do when you become angry with a child?
  • How much time do you spend doing housework, while the children are with you?

Does the home have:

  • A clean and comfortable look?
  • Enough space indoors and outdoors, so all the children can move freely and safely?
  • Enough furniture, play things and other equipment for all the children in care?
  • Equipment that is safe and in good repair?
  • Equipment and materials that are suitable for the ages of the children in care?
  • Enough room and cots or cribs, so the children can take naps?
  • Enough clean bathrooms for all the children in care?
  • An alternate exit in case of fire?
  • A safety plan to follow in emergencies?
  • An outdoor play area that is safe, fenced and free of litter?
  • Enough heat, light and ventilation?
  • Nutritious meals and snacks made with the kinds of food you want your child to eat?
  • A separate place to care for sick children where they can be watched?
  • A first aid kit?
  • Fire extinguishers?
  • Smoke detectors?
  • Covered radiators and protected heaters?
  • Strong screens or bars on windows above the first floor?

Are there opportunities for the children:

  • To play quietly and actively, indoors and outdoors?
  • To play alone at times and with friends at other times?
  • To follow a schedule that meets young children's needs for routine, but that is flexible enough to meet the needs of each child?
  • To use materials and equipment that help children learn new physical skills and control and exercise their muscles?
  • To learn to get along, to share and to respect themselves and others?