No one can care for your children like you can. However, if you are like Vicki Chan, a market data reporter and new mom in New York City, you may need a little support with child care if you go back to work after having a child. Like so many moms and dads, Chan interviewed several child care workers knowing how important choosing the right person was for her child.
Ask the candidate about the types of experiences she's had and the amount of time she's cared for children. Ask about where she worked, how many children she's cared for, how long she stayed at previous jobs and why she left. Take into consideration whether the applicant was ever fired. Ask for references from previous employers to confirm and clarify information that your child care applicants share with you.
Have an idea in your mind of the amount you are willing to pay for good child care. Ask the applicant what she has been paid in the past and what she expects or would like to earn working for you. If you are not sure what the going rate is, ask other moms employing child care workers to get an idea. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median hourly wage for child care workers in the United States was £6.0 in 2009.
Ask about any other jobs or responsibilities the child care applicant has or will have in the near future. Depending on the hours you need child care, confirm that her schedule works with you and your family's schedule. Consider what hours you realistically expect and also check if she is willing to work after hours, at night or on weekends.
When you go to all the trouble to advertise and interview child care providers you naturally want the one you choose to stick around for a while. Before hiring someone, ask how long she plans to be in the area, what future plans she has for herself and what plans she may have for travelling or moving in the future. Knowing how long you can count on someone to be a caregiver for your children will help you make your final decision.
CPR and First Aid Training
The person you hire will likely be spend many hours with your children. There are plenty of ways that children can have accidents or injuries and you want to be confident with your child care worker's ability to administer first Aid or CPR if there is a situation that warrants it. Ask all applicants if they are certified or if they are willing to become certified if you hired them. Offer to pay for the training as part of an incentive to participate in the certification programs.
Chan interviewed several applicants in her search for the perfect child care provider for her daughter. She says, "We ultimately selected Allie based on how we vibed with her. There was someone else that stood out on paper, but ended up seeming like a dud when we actually met her." Hold the interview in person and if possible, when your children are home. Your children will be the ones spending the most time with the person you hire, so see how she interacts with your children, how your children react to her, and how she "vibes" with you, your home and your whole family environment.