Day Care Assistant Interview Preparation Guide
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Day care assistant related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with job experience as Day Care Assistant. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job interview and quickly revise your concepts

47 Day Care Assistant Questions and Answers:

1 :: Tell me what do you like most about children?

Their enthusiasm. Each child that I have had the good fortune to look after, has been a complete joy owing to his or her individuality. Children have so much capacity to learn and as a mentor and caregiver, I like the fact that I can be a positive influence on how they will lead their adult life.

2 :: Tell me what part of being a child care teacher gives you the most satisfaction?

When you have cared for a child for a certain period of time, you see him or her developing the exact habits that you have taught them. That is satisfaction in itself. Seeing success of my work in little people’s eyes, speech and actions is gratifying.

3 :: Tell us how do you handle working with children of different age groups?

Most likely as a preschool teacher you will be working with students from ages three to five. The interviewer wants to make sure your curriculum will be relevant to the entire range of age groups.

"The most important thing I keep in mind when working with children of different age groups is to keep each child engaged and mentally stimulated. Everyone must have equal attention because often if a child feels neglected they will start to act out. All students physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs should be met and further developed. I make sure to keep a diverse curriculum that is specified and beneficial to each age. I develop cross-age activities as well."

4 :: Tell me what is your stance on discipline?

I was told once not to do something and if I didn't listen I would be put in time out. I wouldn't really do anything differently with my own I feel I would be strict but not super strict but I would teach them to have respect for me and to listen.

5 :: Explain me about your experience working with kids?

I took a semester of ece I have babysat for relatives and I did co op at a daycare during high school I also worked at a home base daycare with a family friend.

6 :: Tell me how your understanding of current legislation would inform your daily work?

Your answer needs to show an employer you have knowledge, experience and understanding of relevant legislation within areas like mental health or child protection. These are always changing so it's essential you keep up-to-date. You may then delve deeper into your areas of expertise in your answer. Refer to specific regulations or guidance, acknowledge why the legislation is important and how you would use it in the role.

7 :: How do you handle confidentiality in your work as Day Care Assistant?

Often, interviewers will ask questions to find out the level of technical knowledge that a candidate has concerning the duties of a care assistant. In a question such as this, there is an opportunity to demonstrate professional knowledge and awareness. The confidentiality of a person’s medical records is an important factor for a care assistant to bear in mind.

8 :: Explain an occasion when you needed to persuade someone to do something?

Interpersonal relationships are a very important part of being a successful care assistant. This question is seeking a solid example of how you have used powers of persuasion to achieve a positive outcome in a professional task or situation. The answer should include specific details.

9 :: What are your biggest strengths as Day Care Assistant?

Again this is a very common question and one you should prepare for in advance. Try to be original and imaginative in your response as opposed to the standard ‘I am a hard worker’.

To prepare, create a list of all your knowledge based skills, transferrable skills and personable skills. Then read the job specification and try to identify which skills would be relevant to the job in question. Once identified, narrow the list down to three core skills and try and think of examples to demonstrate your key strengths.

10 :: Why do you want this job as Day Care Assistant?

A short question, but one that requires a lot of preparation to answer correctly. It is important that you give the employer a sense that you are passionate and interested in their business, their company and what they do. No employer wants to think that you would work just about anywhere – even if that is the truth!

The best way to answer this question is to ensure that you fully research the company in advance. Understand who they are, what they do, what they sell, where they are headed as well as understanding the achievements they have reached and the challenges they face.

Then think about what you will bring to the company in this context. It is important to outline how you will benefit the company and not focus on what the company will bring to you.
An example of an effective response is:

“I have researched and read widely on your company and consider it a market leader within the digital industry. I am particularly very interested in some of the new projects which I understand are coming down the tracks – such as the building of a new website for the publishing industry, as well as the development of an online e-commerce site. With over 5 years experience in this arena, I feel that I can play a key role in ensuring the success of these new projects by bringing all my knowledge and know-how to the company.”

11 :: Describe yourself in 3 words?

If you've only got three words, you need to make sure the ones you choose will leave a big impression on the interviewer. The following words are always seen as desirable; Dependable, Punctual, Honest, Driven, Reliable, Organised, Positive, Achiever, Ambitious, Energetic, Dedicated, Friendly, Motivated, Flexible, Responsible.
In such a situation you can use positive words that bring about your most positive characteristics. The answer should also be ground in solid logic and should reference professional achievements.

12 :: Tell us what is your background with children?

I have provided care to newborn babies and children aged up to 10 years. I can handle children’s personal and nutritional needs perfectly and have helped older children with homework as well. Since I have been a child caregiver for 12 years, I have seen, experienced and managed even the toughest situations with children quite easily.

13 :: Please explain success for you as a preschool teacher?

Children in their formative years require more out of a teacher than others. The interviewer wants to find out if you have any goals or takeaways for your preschoolers.

"I have a few goals I aim to achieve that allow me to measure my success as well. First, my overall objective is to instill a positive attitude towards education. Second, I strive to build independence and confidence in my preschoolers so that they use their full potential. Lastly, I teach my students to celebrate their differences and interact positively with one another. If they walk away with at least a little of each aspect, then I feel as though I have succeeded in my role."

14 :: Tell me for children over the ages of five, what are your feelings about outdoor play without direct supervision?

I belive there are still a lot of barriers even if you cannot see them so to me all children even if they are 5 years of age should be watched as when it comes to play children of that age aren't really aware of their surroundings.

15 :: Explain ways you can turn everyday household activities into a fun activity for children?

Washing dishes, dressing them selves, feeding them selves, cleaning behind them selves. Learning to read. See, hear, smell. There are a tons of things of every day life that you can do and go over and over through out from birth and really forever.

16 :: Explain what role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child's playtime experience?

I think it's really important. Kids love socializing and playing so as long as there is supervision, there's absolutely no problem with them playing.

17 :: As you know safeguarding is an important and topical issue. When going into someone's home, how would you know they are safe and healthy? If you felt concerned, what would you do?

You need to explain what you'd look out for and the signs that someone is in a safe environment. For example, you need to look around at their surroundings; does the person look cared for, do they have somewhere clean to sleep, do they have food and water available, are there signs of abuse, and have there been any behavioral changes? The care worker would need to speak to the person to see if they reveal anything, and if they have ongoing concerns, report it to their manager. We need people who take the time to follow up with someone if they're worried.

18 :: Tell me would you apply the same principles in bringing up your wards, as you were subjected to?

Never. It doesn’t make sense. Things have changed drastically. A reasonable amount of discipline is very important but pulling strings too hard can actually have an adverse effect on children of today. I always keep a balance of discipline, understanding and leeway.

19 :: Tell me what do you enjoy most about being an early childhood educator? What do you find most difficult?

This is likely one of the most important interview questions for daycare workers you are considering. Asking about what he or she enjoys - and what they don't - helps you to really get to know the person you are interviewing. You will get a feel for what motivates or discourages them, and start to develop a picture of whether or not they will be happy working at your center for a long period of time. It can also provide you with a heads up about potential issues that could develop down the road, such as if a candidate mentions they love working with children, but finds it difficult to work with parents.

20 :: Tell me if you were delivering personal support to someone, how would you maintain their dignity and respect?

This gets candidates to think about how the other person is going to feel. They need to show they can do the job empathetically, encouraging the individual to do as much for themselves as possible, while offering support. The most important thing is to always communicate. Show you understand what needs doing, but highlight that you would give the person the choice as to whether they want to have a bath or go to the toilet, for example. Explain how you would promote the person's independence and help them over time gain the ability to do more for themselves. It shows us the candidate has a deep understanding of the role.