Like a girl guide, your motto should be ‘Be Prepared’. If you have been an au pair for a while now, you should have built up a stellar file of activities and information by now. In an interview its essential. The more information and ‘show-and-tell material’ you have available to you to provide the family, the more professional you will appear and the better your … Continue reading Interview Tips for Au pairs: Be Prepared
In small ways every day, allow your child to experiment with their self-confidence. If your child is pleased with something he has done, as long as it is not destructive or against a house rule, acknowledge his good efforts. This positive encouragement and praise will uplift his self-esteem and encourage him to keep trying. With time he’ll naturally learn that the zipper goes in the … Continue reading Look Mom, I can Dress Myself!
Young children learn language mostly through conversations with other people. The key is to listen to what they have to say and continue the conversation from there. If you child says ‘I did painting at playschool’. You could reply ‘You did a painting? That sounds fun! What did you paint?’. This reassures them that what they’ve said was correct and encourages them to go on … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Tips for Talking
Whilst going through the interview process, don´t appear judgmental as the candidate answers. This will ensure she is comfortable during the interview and a candidates who is comfortable with you will share more information about herself. For more great articles and tips, please subscribe to receive our latest articles or join our new Facebook group. Got a childcare related question? Drop us a line at sitters (@) … Continue reading Interview Tip #10: Don’t Appear Judgmental
When questioning a candidate about her skills as an au pair, teacher, tutor or otherwise, ask questions that will give you insight to how the candidate perceives herself. Is she organized, efficient, creative, resourceful, independent? When she mentions a certain quality about herself, ask her to give examples of these skills. For more great articles and tips, please subscribe to receive our latest articles or join our … Continue reading Interview Tip #8: Get the Candidates Perception
Always check references with both the reference, and the candidate. Ask the candidate about each previous employer and the children she cared for. “Describe your last three employers, tell me what you liked and disliked about each?” or “Tell me about the children you cared for in your last job, I would like to know your opinion on each child individually.” See how comfortable you are … Continue reading Interview Tip #7: Check those References
Many parents make the mistake of thinking that qualifications and experience can make up for a personality issue. Do not make this mistake. It is of the utmost importance that the candidate you choose be friendly, cheerful, genuine and sympathetic. While anyone can obtain a qualification or have years of experience, having the right personality cannot be learned or brought. If you really like a … Continue reading Interview Tip #6: Personality Always Wins