1. Explain me why should we hire you as Day Care Manager?

Because I posses all the skills you require for the position. Additionally, I'm very dedicated towards childcare giving as a profession. I posses inborn traits needed to succeed as a child caregiver like patience, energy and creativity.

2. Why did you leave your previous job as Day Care Manager?

I enjoyed working with my previous employer a lot, but I constantly felt a need to extend my experiences and work in a more extensive childcare environment that enables one on one interaction with children.

3. What qualifies you for this position as Day Care Manager?

I have a background in teaching as well as many administrative positions. I am confident that once I see the operations of this school I will be an asset to maintain and grow this team.

4. What are your salary expectations as Day Care Manager?

Many consider this question to be a loaded gun – dangerous in the hands of the inexperienced. Often times, an interviewee will start talking salary before they've had an opportunity to illustrate their skill set and value making any sort of leverage valueless. Here, knowledge is power, as salary often comes down to negotiation. Do some research into your industry to establish base rates of pay based on seniority and demand but keep in mind – your employer is hiring you for what they believe you are worth, and how much benefit they feel you will provide.

5. Please explain how do you encourage children to work in groups?

Group work is essential for learning cooperation and collaboration. How do you incorporate group work into your activities? Discuss a couple of projects you instigated such as a hands-on art activity that involved the preschoolers working together in groups.

6. Please explain what are the key responsibilities of a preschool teacher?

"Preschool education is not just about teaching letters and numbers but also about instilling values and characteristics such as a love of learning, curiosity, discipline, teamwork, independence, communication and socialization skills."

7. Tell me what drove you to take up the role of a child caregiver as a career?

I love children. There is no better way to explain my motive. Looking after children and teaching them the ways of the world gives me satisfaction like nothing else can. It is pure pleasure to see them growing up to be fine young men and women.

8. Please explain what do you consider to be the role of parents in preschool?

As a preschool teacher you need to be able to balance the needs of the parents and children.
You want parental buy-in. Discuss how you communicate with and involve the parents including newsletters, notes home, progress reports, organizing family days and parent activities.

9. Explain me 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.

10. Tell me what type of educational activities do you believe a child will enjoy?

Depending on the age of the child, there are a number of physical games, puzzles and memory games that I use to keep them engaged during the time that the parents are away.

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