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?


Jobs differ in the extent to which technical expertise is required. When have you been satisfied/dissatisfied by the opportunity to use your technical expertise? Why? What did you do?

Give me some examples of when you set up safety standards for your work group or organization. What was your role? What was the result?

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Bonus Questions

  • What experience do you have in this field?
  • Have you ever set up a course of action to accomplish a long-range goal or vision? What was it and how did you set it up?
  • Sometimes our coworkers pressure us to go along with an idea, even though we don't think it is a good one. Tell me about a time when this happened to you.

Daily Interview Tip

Research the job and employer prior to your interview. Learn what the organization does and what's involved in the position you're applying for will be key to success. Hiring managers sometimes make the mistake of giving preference to candidates who are similar in background or personality, or taking the score from one aspect of a candidate's performance and applying it to all aspects. Call or visit the organization and ask for the latest brochures, annual report and other publications.