Child Care Director Sample Job Interview Questions

That before you walk into that job interview for the director role in a child care facility you should be clear on what the employer is looking for.  Today we will talk a bit about what you will be asked in your interview and will cover points on how to answer these questions successfully.  Attached to this are also some sample job interview questions.  These are meant to be examples of the kind of questions that you’ll likely be asked based on the prime duties of the position.

 

Child Care Regulations

Employers value above all leadership and administration experience for this senior position in childcare.  Since this role as the prime responsibility for leading the staff who will take care of the children is important that you can demonstrate in the job interview that you can lead a team well and oversee a smooth operation.  Be ready to answer questions in your interview that probe your previous track record with ensuring that your daycare or childcare center met all the legal regulations.

 

Quality Of Childcare Service

Prepare your answers so that you can easily speak to how you improved the standard of care received by the children under your leadership.  The kind of questions that they might use to assess this component, might be “how did you measure quality of care?”  Or “how did you measure quality of childcare service?”.  At this point your answer should include a baseline measurement of these childcare metrics and then provide succinct on the programs you initiated to improve the metrics and then support these claims with some statistics.

 

 

Child Care Director Sample Job Interview Questions

 

Here are sample Child Care Director job interview questions designed specifically for the Child Care career field.

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Describe your experience with working towards strong partnerships with parents, children, and teachers.

What do you know about NAEYC accreditation standards?

What do you think is the most critical thing to teach staff regarding child development. 

Tell me a bit more about your background with opening a new center from ordering equipment, hiring teachers, enrollment, set up of classrooms, organizing and setting up office files.

How would you promote a culture of flexibility, and strong decision making capabilities in your team?

How do you avoid mistakes when setting goals for your child care team?

What do you find most challenging when implementing emergent, antibias curriculum. Why?

Briefly tell me more about your background in childcare management.

What training in safety and emergency first aid have you received for example infant CPR or industrial first aid?

Describe a situation at your previous employment that required you to do several things at the same time. What did you do?

Have you ever written press releases or other statements for the public in our job as Child Care Director? Tell me about one of these statements.

What is your background with regards to implementing curriculum ?

How might your previous direct reports describe your leadership style?

Tell me about a time you to uphold the policy or explain the policy and you found it difficult.

In this senior management position you will often be needing to communicate with various stakeholders from parents, staff, government and even the children themselves.  Tell me about a time when your ability to communicate in a professional manner was challenged.

We are looking for a visionary director to transform our childcare into a place that will serve as an example to our peers.  This may involve championing that may not be popular with staff.  When have you had to lead your team through an unpopular initiative.

What is your greatest skill area? Which skill area do you see as needing the most development? How do you know?

 

How have you led others in solving a problem? Give an example.

What can you do for this company?

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Bonus Questions


  • What are your lifelong dreams?
  • Have you ever allocated financial resources to accomplish a tong-range goal? Give an example.
  • It's not always easy to devote a lot of time to each person who works for you. Think of a time you missed an opportunity to help others develop. What happened?

Daily Interview Tip

Be highly selective with where you apply. Don't be afraid to turn down opportunities pitched to you as perfect by headhunters and recruitment agencies if you feel they are not right. Where you feel you are suitable, research the role, the company, its culture and the team you will be working with in as much detail as possible to gauge how appropriate you are before accepting an interview. A smile, a firm handshake, confident demeanour, good eye contact, and a friendly enthusiastic manner will go a long ways to making that important first impression. If you did not make any arrangements, and you have not heard from the employer in about two weeks, call to find out the status of the hiring process.