Daycare Interview Questions

Once you've narrowed your list of potential daycares or nannies down to a few, you'll want to set up a time to meet and interview them to ensure you have a good fit for your babies or children. The following are some daycare interview questions to get you started:

About Twins/Multiples

  • Do you have any experience with twins or multiples?
  • What is your attitude about twins and multiples (for example, do you understand the importance of treating them as individuals rather than as a single unit)?
  • What would you do if both twins (or more) are crying or want to be fed at the same time?
  • Are you willing to follow our feeding and sleeping schedule we have established for our babies? Do you support breastfeeding?
  • Are you willing to do some light chores while the twins (or more) are sleeping (if you are interviewing someone to come into your home and need the extra help)?
  • Do you offer a discount for siblings/twins?

General Policies

  • Do you have/require a written contract?
  • What days/hours are you available/open?
  • How much do you charge?
  • How often do you expect to be paid? Do you accept checks or credit cards?
  • Do you charge for sick days? for holidays?
  • What happens if I need to drop my child off a little earlier or pick them up late on occasion?
  • Are you ever closed? If yes, how often? When?
  • If you are sick, do you have a back-up who can watch the children? If not, do you know someone who might offer this type of service?
  • If I need to leave the daycare for some reason, how much notice do you require?

Daily Schedule

  • What does a typical day look like?
  • Do you provide meals/snacks or do I need to pack food/drink for the children?
  • If meals are provided, can you accommodate a child with food allergies (if applicable)?
  • Do you offer educational opportunities or a program for the children?
  • How much free play time do the children have each day?
  • Are the children ever taken on field trips or visits to the park? If yes, do you walk or drive?
  • Do the children swim during the summer? If yes, what precautions are taken to ensure their safety?

Discipline

  • What is your discipline policy?
  • What methods do you use (i.e., time outs, others)?
  • How do you communicate potential issues or a "bad day" to me?
  • If my child is going through a rough time and having behavior issues, will you work with us to resolve it?

Other Children at the Daycare

  • How many other children do you care for?
  • What are the children's ages?
  • What is the maximum number of children you take (either in the individual home or in a particular age-group room at a daycare)?
  • How do you handle conflicts among the children?
  • Are there any personality or health issues with the children you currently care for?

Parental Visits/Communication

  • Are parents able to visit the daycare for a visit on occasion?
  • Can parents join the children for lunch? Do you need prior notice if we plan to do so?
  • How do you communicate any problems my children might be having during the day?
  • Do you provide an overview of my children's day when I pick them up?
  • Can I visit or send in a special treat for my children for their birthday or other special occasions?

While the answers to many of these questions are important, your ability to get along with your children's daycare provider is very important. You want to feel comfortable talking to them and bringing up any potential concerns. Trust your instincts.