Daycare.com Forum Daycare Forum

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-08-2015, 05:39 AM
Jujube835's Avatar
Jujube835 Jujube835 is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 76
Default Art Center

When I'm interviewing potential DCFs I'd like to offer an activity for the child. I know lots of you invite the children during interviews, so what do the kids do?

Ideally, the activity would be something that would tell me something about the child.

A self portrait?
A matching game?
Just set out a bunch of toys and see which one they gravitate to?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-08-2015, 05:51 AM
sahm1225's Avatar
sahm1225 sahm1225 is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Midwest - where winter never ends!
Posts: 2,022
Default

I let them look around & set out a few toys for them (legos or the trains for the train table). I set out a box of crayons, glue & stack of paper too.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-08-2015, 05:56 AM
AuntTami's Avatar
AuntTami AuntTami is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 888
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sahm1225 View Post
I let them look around & set out a few toys for them (legos or the trains for the train table). I set out a box of crayons, glue & stack of paper too.
I interview in our dining room which is connected to our living eoom. I set out crayons and paper and tell the kiddos theure free to go play with the toys. It gives me a chance to see how they play, and if they're able to self entertain or if they constantly need reassurance and guidance. Some is normal depending on age and because it's a new environment but a child that needed constant reassuring and direction won't work here.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-08-2015, 06:02 AM
Gemma's Avatar
Gemma Gemma is offline
Childcare Provider
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: U.S.A
Posts: 1,277
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BakerMomma View Post
When I'm interviewing potential DCFs I'd like to offer an activity for the child. I know lots of you invite the children during interviews, so what do the kids do?

Ideally, the activity would be something that would tell me something about the child.

A self portrait?
A matching game?
Just set out a bunch of toys and see which one they gravitate to?
I carry on the interview right in the daycare, the kid plays with whatever he/she can reach, and if there's the need to, I correct his/her behavior as I would do if the kid was already enrolled.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-08-2015, 10:05 AM
Ariana's Avatar
Ariana Ariana is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 8,970
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gemma View Post
I carry on the interview right in the daycare, the kid plays with whatever he/she can reach....
This is me too. I really want to see how this kid interacts with the environment. If I set up an activity it might distract the kid from their normal behaviour and you could miss clues. I personally don't correct behaviour when the parents are here because I want to see how the parents resolve conflict. This gives me a real good feel for what this kid is used to at home.

I had one child who went around the daycare slamming toys on the ground, grabbed a pencil and started writing on the walls, all while the mom chased her around saying "no thank you" in a sing song voice. Yep. No thank you is right.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-08-2015, 10:19 AM
KiddieCahoots's Avatar
KiddieCahoots KiddieCahoots is offline
FCC Educator
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Utopia
Posts: 1,351
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ariana View Post
This is me too. I really want to see how this kid interacts with the environment. If I set up an activity it might distract the kid from their normal behaviour and you could miss clues. I personally don't correct behaviour when the parents are here because I want to see how the parents resolve conflict. This gives me a real good feel for what this kid is used to at home.
...... It's like you have to be a detective during interviews
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-08-2015, 10:23 AM
daycare's Avatar
daycare daycare is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Mars
Posts: 16,021
Default

for me this was an epic fail for most of the kids I interviewed with...

depending on the age of the child, most of them just want to go through every thing in the DC. My whole house is the DC so they really dont have any where to go but into a DC room.

I would offer up an activity and they just toss it aside and go and explore.

Older kids around 4-5 will normally do the activity I have out, but the younger ones never do.

I think it is case by case. Depends on the child.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-08-2015, 11:49 AM
Gemma's Avatar
Gemma Gemma is offline
Childcare Provider
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: U.S.A
Posts: 1,277
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ariana View Post
. I personally don't correct behaviour when the parents are here because I want to see how the parents resolve conflict. This gives me a real good feel for what this kid is used to at home.

:
In my experience, not many parents will show you their true parenting skills, the first time you meet them! I much rather show everyone exactly how I handle things, right from the start!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-08-2015, 01:52 PM
Ariana's Avatar
Ariana Ariana is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 8,970
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gemma View Post
In my experience, not many parents will show you their true parenting skills, the first time you meet them! I much rather show everyone exactly how I handle things, right from the start!
I can usually tell because if she is using a sing song voice but the kid listens then I know she is not doing that all the time at home!! I hear what you are saying though....I show my discipline techniques during the transition period while the parent is here observing...if they make it past the interview phase
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-08-2015, 02:48 PM
Gemma's Avatar
Gemma Gemma is offline
Childcare Provider
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: U.S.A
Posts: 1,277
Default

Reading your post just made me realize something.... in 10yrs as a licensed daycare provider, I have yet to have the kind of parent sthat can truly handle their kid.
That is so sad!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do You Own a Daycare Center? JeepGirl6 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 5 02-19-2018 10:31 AM
Center Time sariejohnston Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 4 07-29-2014 04:28 AM
Snow Days - Questions for Center Staff... satcook Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 2 02-27-2013 05:28 AM
Center from H E Double Hockey Sticks mysonsmom1 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 6 10-22-2012 06:27 PM
Family Daycare, Daycare Center, or what? SDMom Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 1 08-05-2008 11:13 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:27 AM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming