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Attending an interview can be a daunting experience, however if you prepare yourself the process can be a lot less stressful and give you a higher chance of success. Below are some examples of questions you may get asked during an interview.  There are questions for both Practitoner level and Managerial roles.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Nursery Practitioner

  • Please talk through your work history/experience with children
  • Have you experience of planning and observations? If so, please talk me through what you have done?
  • Have you been a keyworker and if so how many children and what age group. If not already answered, please explain what the role of a keyworker involves.?
  • What are you Key Skills/competencies
  • What do you enjoy most about working with children?
  • what skills would you like to develop?
  • What are your career aspirations?
  • Can you discuss your understanding of safeguarding and welfare requirements?
  • Explain what you think equal opportunities means?
  • Do you know anything about policies and regulations that govern how the nursery is run and The Children Act?
  • How would you ensure you keep children safe within your room?
  • How would you deal with a child who keeps biting?
  • Can you tell me the areas of the EYFS and why they are important?
  • How would you ensure that you keep in touch with new thinking and developments in Early Years?
  • How would you manage a situation where a child was displaying behaviour that was out of character?
  • Can you give me an example of an activity that you would do with the pre-school/babies or toddlers children and what areas of the EYFs it would cover?
  • Why are you interested in working with our company?


Nursery Manager

  • Please talk through your work history over the last few years
  • What are you Key Skills/competencies
  • What have been your major achievements
  • What skills would you like to develop?
  • What are your career aspirations
  • What was the outcome on your settings last Ofsted report whilst you were managing – what steps have you to taken to improve or sustain this rating?
  • How would you describe your Management style
  • Can you give me an example of how you have dealt with situation of conflict with staff members
  • Can you tell me how you have supported staff with their understanding of The EYFS and planning, activities and observations?
  • If you were asked to set up a new room for the toddler room explain how it would look and how it would enhance children’s learning and enjoyment
  • Give me an example of a training session you have delivered for your staff team and how it was successful?
  • How would you promote Equal Opportunities and Diversity in a new nursery, give examples of past practice?
  • How would you ensure you met all the individual needs of the children in your care?
  • How would you promote team work when you first started in a new position?
  • What things have you done to promote parent partnerships and were these successful, what thigs would you do in a new setting?
  • Have you had to deal with any safeguarding issues, if so how did you manage the situation?
  • How would you ensure all staff had a good understanding of the Safeguarding policies within a setting? How would you deal with an issue where a member of staff alerted you to a child that had unexplained bruises
  • How do you keep up to date with Early Years Developments?
  • What would you prioritise in your first 3 months in a new managerial role?                                                                 

Please note we cannot guarantee these will be the questions you are asked, however reading and thinking of responses will hold you in good stead. Also consider that you may be asked to attend a work trial which would involve some thought and preparation. 

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Congratulations you have been selected for an interview, how do you give yourself the best opportunity to succeed?

One of the biggest reasons for being unsuccessful in an interview is lack of preparation and attention to detail. A great phrase to remember is: ‘Fail to Prepare = Prepare to Fail’ so always Plan Prepare Perform.

In the childcare sector often, interviews can involve both a question and answer session and a work trial (sometime called a stay and play session). Therefore, it can require more preparation than a standard interview.

When you receive your confirmation of interview:

  • Confirm your attendance by reply - This demonstrates you are keen and professional
  • If you have any doubt or concerns about the interview, contact the relevant person to clarify.
  • Check through the interview details and complete all paperwork/administration - Don’t leave this until last minute as there may be documents that need printing or forms that are quite lengthy.
  • Get someone else to read through your application form/documents.
  • Leave enough time for the interview, check if the work trial is on the same day and how long is required.

Preparation for the interview:

  • Check the journey always factor in; public transport links, parking, planned roadworks
  • Research the company, check websites, Ofsted reports, social media
  • Read the job description and think of ways you can answer questions around the criteria
  • Refresh yourself on any areas you feel that you may have weaknesses particularly industry specific:

  • Think of examples of your good practice
  • Collate any supporting evidence of activities, planning, certificates, awards
  • Ask friends about questions they have been asked and practise your answers
  • Practice question responses,  follow this link to our example interview questions:
  • Prepare activities for a work trial, ensure the activity covers the EYFS. If you need resources, ask the Nursery beforehand if you can have access to these

On the day of the interview

  • Check travel plans again for any disruption
  • Aim to arrive 10 minutes early – if you are running late call in advance
  • Wear smart clothing and appropriate for a work trial if required
  • Avoid wearing excessive jewellery
  • Bring all documentation requested
  • Have prepared questions and bring a pad and paper

During the interview

  • Believe in yourself: Always remember the interviewer wants you to be the right person for the job,
  • Introduce yourself with a smile and handshake
  • As much as possible keep eye contact wit the interviewer as much as possible
  • Try and keep calm and relax here is a good article about relaxation techniques
  • Listen to the questions in full, interrupting can come across as rude and you may answer incorrectly
  • If you didn’t hear or understand the question, don’t be afraid to ask to repeat, interviewers can also make mistakes
  • Take notes this can help with post interview questions

Post interview

  • Send an email confirming your interest and thanking them for the opportunity
  • Congratulate yourself for surviving
  • Reward yourself: social activity, exercise, meal out

Is it OK to cancel an interview?

Yes, but be sure your reasons are justified and genuine this will hopefully leave the door open to reschedule or apply for future opportunities.  Never just fail to attend an interview. This can cause concern from the interviewer about your wellbeing, also they have invested time and resources into arranging your interview and will result in you looking unprofessional and unemployable. Bad impressions stick, and you never know when your perfect opportunity may arise with them again.

Post interview feedback

If you are not successful don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. A good employer will provide constructive criticism so enable you to learn for your next interview.

Good Luck and keep positive and professional at all times.                                                                                                                                                         

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