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Hiring a Childcare Provider Who Can Tutor Your Child

You are seeking a childcare provider . . . and not just any childcare provider.  You want a childcare provider who has the knowledge and skills to tutor your child as well as babysit or nanny for him on a daily basis.  Here are some tips to help you find that perfect tutor/childcare provider.

Q:           What skills, abilities, and background should parents look for in the ideal candidate for the tutor/childcare provider position?

A:            The ideal candidate for this position should be nurturing, patient, good with children, able to follow your instructions, reasonably detail-oriented without being unduly regimented, responsible, and intelligent.  The ideal candidate should have strong communication skills, a clean criminal record, a clean record with the Department of Health and Human Services in each state in which s/he has lived, positive references, and at least a high school diploma.  The ideal candidate should possess stable work experience in childcare and/or education.

Q:           How should parents word the job posting for this tutor/childcare provider position?

A:           Parents should use words that correctly capture the skills, abilities, and background sought (see above) as well as the terms and conditions of employment offered.  The terms and conditions should be worded briefly.  For example, “full-time, live-in tutor/childcare provider”, “pay commensurate with experience and education”, and “apply by submitting resume to ________” constitute appropriate wording.

Q:           What questions should parents ask when interviewing for this position?

A:           In advance of interviewing, parents should write down a series of questions intended to determine whether the interviewees possess the skills, abilities, and background  sought by the parents.  These questions may include the following.  “Why would you like to have this job?” “Why are you the best candidate for this job?”  “Would you please tell me about your background as a childcare provider?”  “How many years did you work for that family?  Why did you leave that job?  May I call them for a reference on you?”  “What did you do when that little boy in your care fell off his bicycle, stubbed his toe, or otherwise injured himself?” “What did you do when you were attending to multiple children and each of them was concurrently pulling you in different directions?”  “If I gave you this to-do list for the day, in what sequence would you perform the tasks?”  “Have you ever been convicted of or plead not guilty or no contest to any felony?  Please don’t be afraid to give me an honest ‘yes’, if that’s the case.  We won’t automatically reject you for that; we will consider the situation relative to how long ago it happened, how serious it was, and how relevant it may or may not be relative to this job.”  “Where did you go to high school?  College?  What was your GPA?  May I call these institutions to verify your academic credentials?  What classes did you like most?  Least?

Q:           How involved should your child be in the interviews?

A:           You should perform two rounds of interviews for your job candidates.  Only those candidates that, on paper, meet your qualifications should receive first-round interviews.  The first round of interviews will screen out candidates that don’t measure up to your expectations in person (i.e., you find that their communication style is not one to which you would like to expose your child). Only those candidates that, on paper and in person from the first round of interviews, meet your qualifications and expectations should receive second-round interviews.   It is during this second round of interviews that your child should first become involved.  Introduce your child to each second round candidate during his/her interview.  Your child need not ask questions as an interviewer during these interviews.  You may ask each candidate to teach your child material of your choosing during second interviews.  Observe how the candidates relate to your child during their interviews.  Observe their instruction techniques.  After each interview, ask your child what he thought and how he felt about each candidate he met.

By following the tips above, you can find that perfect tutor/childcare provider for your child.

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