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Questions We Ask a Nanny

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

We often times have parents ask what questions an agency will ask the nanny, so today we are sharing a few of the questions we ask our nannies during our initial interview!

Being a Nanny:

  • Why did you choose a nannying career?

  • What do you think makes you a good nanny?

  • What is your favorite part about being a nanny?

  • What do you find most challenging about being a nanny?

  • Do you see yourself being a nanny for long-term?

  • What are your favorite ages to work with and why?

  • What ages do you feel you need improvement with and why?

  • Do you prefer working with girls or boys and why?

  • Why are you searching for a new position?

  • What areas do you wish you could improve on as a nanny?

Personal questions:

  • Do you like to cook?

  • If yes, what are some of your favorite meals to cook?

  • Are you active?

  • What are some of your hobbies?

  • What are your future goals?

  • How would your friends and family describe you?


  • Are you in school?

  • What are you studying (if in school)?

  • Do you plan on going to school (if not in school)?

  • Will your courses interfere with a nanny schedule (if in school)?

  • Are you CPR/First Aid certified (willing to become)?

  • What other certifications do you have?

  • Are you open to doing more certifications through associations geared towards nannies?

Age Specific Questions:


  • How comfortable are you with newborns?

  • Are you comfortable bathing/changing an infant?

  • How would you soothe a crying baby?

  • What do you like to do with infants?

  • Do you believe in routines and schedules for infants? Why?

  • Are you able to prefer baby food? If yes, please describe when you feel infants should be introduced to solids as well as how you prepare these foods.

  • Have you ever had to handle an emergency with an infant (choking, ill, etc.)?

  • If not, how do you feel you would handle it?

  • What’s your favorite thing about infants?


  • What type of activities would you do with a toddler?

  • Do you believe in a routine and schedule in toddlers? Why?

  • How do you handle tantrums?

  • What’s your discipline method with toddlers and why?

  • Can you give me an example of how you’ve handled a toddler having a tantrum or a bad day?

  • What are your views on electronics for this age?

  • What’s your favorite thing about toddlers?

Preschool/School Age:

  • What type of activities would you do with this age?

  • How would you handle discipline for this age?

  • What would you do if a child is unwilling to go to school/do homework?

  • Are you comfortable setting up play dates and activities for this age?

  • Are you comfortable helping with homework?

  • How would you handle a child who wants to play video games/watch TV often?

  • How would you handle a child of this age being upset about school, friends, or something within the house?

  • Are you comfortable managing a busy schedule? (after school activities, etc.)

  • Can you tell me your favorite thing about working with this age?

  • What’s your least favorite thing about working with this age?

Childcare Safety:

  • How would you handle an emergency?

  • Have you ever had to handle an emergency for past families?

  • What would you do if an infant was crying and a toddler was choking at the same time?

  • Do you feel you are prepared for an emergency (child getting injured, child choking, etc.)

  • How would you describe yourself in an emergency (calm, stressed)?

  • What do you think is the best way to keep children safe?


  • Do you find you are often late or on time to work?

  • Are you able to handle getting children ready and out the door to be on time to appointments or activities?

  • How many sick days do you normally take?

  • Are you able to stay late or come in early to a position if needed?

End of Interview:

  • Are you comfortable with a background check?

  • Do you have a vehicle/valid license?

  • Are you comfortable driving children?

  • Can we run a DMV check on you?

  • If a family wants, are you open to fingerprints/drug screening?

  • Do you have any further questions about this position or our agency in general?

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