Nanny Interview Questions: Toddler Edition

questions to ask a nanny on an interview for caring for a toddler

The interview is very important when choosing a nanny. This list provides suggested questions to ask a nanny during the in-person interview process when looking for a caregiver for a toddler.

Cost, payment on/off the books and schedule should be discussed during the phone discussion so you can weed out those candidates who will not fit with your needs.


  • Please tell me about your background and work history.
  • Do you have any certifications? CPR?
  • What are your experiences with toddlers?
  • Do you have references we can call?
  • Why do you like being a nanny?


  • What are your typical responsibilities for a todder?
  • What types of activities do you do with a toddler?
  • What types of things do you do to encourage development in toddlers?
  • Do you make food?  What types of things are you comfortable making?
  • Do you help with potty training?
  • How have you handled situations such as tantrums, disobeying you, etc?
  • Would you handle it differently in public versus at home?
  • What are the other duties you typically perform around the house?

Caregiver Style/Habits

  • Are you open to keeping notes about the child(ren)’s days?
  • How would you describe your style with kids? Hands-on? Off?
  • How do you nurture a child?
  • What are your phone call/texting habits?
  • How do you discipline?
  • What are your TV watching habits?

Social Habits

  • Have you worked in this neighborhood?
  • Are you familiar with activities for children? Storytime, etc
  • Do you set up playdates?
  • Do you know other caregivers in the area? How old are the kids they care for?


  • Tell us about the best and worst child you ever took care of
  • What is your communication style with parents?
  • Do you offer ideas and suggestions about ways things can be done?
  • Tell me about your past employers and the type of relationship you had with them
  • What about your last job did you like and dislike?

Reliability and Flexibility

  • Where do you live and how would you get to work?
  • Do you drive?
  • If you take the train, how late do you feel comfortable getting on the train? If you have to take a cab, how much does that cost?
  • Do you typically get a flu shot? Are you willing to do so?
  • What are your other obligations outside of work?  Other things involved in outside work that are important to you?
  • Do you have any health issues that would limit your ability to work?
  • Do you have children at home? Who watches them?  

Open-Ended Questions

  • Can you give an example of a parenting decision you did not agree with? What, if anything, did you do in this situation?
  • Have you ever had an emergency while caring for a child? Can you tell me about it?

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