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Interview tips for parents is not an agency so we don't verify the identity of the carer or the information they have provided. It is the parent's responsibility to check references, Working with Children Check, Police check, insurances and any First Aid courses they have done. Parents usually start with a quick telephone interview where they work out whether or not to go ahead with the next stage : a "face-to-face" interview. Below are a few questions and a checklist that you can use as a guide to help you with the interview. Ask whichever questions you feel are appropriate plus any other ones you may have.

Checklist for the telephone interview :

1. When is the nanny available to start work ?
2. General job responsibilities including both childcare and housekeeping ( if any )
3. Hourly rate of pay
4. Does the nanny have sufficient training and/or experience for what you require.
5. Will they be a good fit both personality and lifestyle wise for your family.

Questions to ask in the "face-to-face" interview :

1. What hobbies do you have and what do you like to do in your spare time ?
2. What do you enjoy most about working with children ?
3. What do you find the most challenging part of working with children ?
4. How were you disciplined as a child ? What would you do differently with your children ?
5. What was your last childcare experience and how did it end ?
6. How would you describe yourself and your personality ?
7. Do you have any formal childcare training ?
8. Do you have emergency training ? First Aid and/or CPR ?
9. What would you do if our child was sick or injured ?
10. Can I check your references and do you have a Working with Children check and insurance ?
11. Why are you a nanny ?
12. Why are you looking for a new position ?
13. What hours and days are you available ?
14. Do you have a car ?
15. Do you smoke ?


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