WHAT TO WEAR?
Ask the parents about the plans for the day so that you can dress accordingly. Are you going to the park and need comfortable clothes, or are you going to a birthday party and perhaps need to dress a bit more professionally?
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
Should you bring anything, or go early to help pack up the children?
HOW CAN I BEST APPROACH THE CHILDREN?
Who likes hugs, and who prefers a friendly smile? What is the best way for me to connect with each of your children?
CAN YOU WRITE OUT THE SCHEDULE?
Having a schedule will allow you to understand how to best prepare for the day and how to spend your time. You will know, for example, that “we are leaving for baby class at 1:00 p.m. so at 12:30 p.m. I will change her diaper.”
WHAT ARE MY DUTIES FOR THE DAY?
You want to be VERY clear in asking what you’ll need to do for the children and for the home. Do I need to load the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry, prepare a meal, etc.?
If you are NOT sure what to do, it is much better to ask questions than to stay silent and make assumptions. Keep the lines of communication open. Some examples:
- For Babies: Is there a special way that you prefer to feed, bathe, soothe the baby?
- For Toddlers: Is there a certain item to use for tantrums or naps?
- For Preschoolers: Is there a schedule to follow regarding when to play, what to play with, and what
games are/are not acceptable?
ALWAYS BRING SOMETHING
If you know the ages of the children and you have time, it’s a good idea to run to the library and bring a book that they may like. Any little thing you can do to connect with the kids will be helpful.