Preschool teacher Interview Questions in Canada

Being a preschool teacher demands a special kind of sensitivity and nurturing that is different from teaching other age groups. Expect employers to ask a lot of scenario-based questions, such as how you would cope with difficult parents or handle common child behaviours such as crying, temper tantrums and hyperactivity. To stand out in your interview, it is advantageous to have specialised in early childhood education or be able to provide previous experiences with young children.

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Top Preschool Teacher Interview Questions & How To Answer

Here are three top preschool teacher interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: If I were to walk into your classroom, what would I see?

How to answer: With this open-ended question, you can tell the interviewer about your teaching philosophy. Describe in detail how you build a productive environment. Consider discussing how you incorporate group work into your students' days and how you foster open communication.

Question No. 2: How do you communicate with parents/guardians?

How to answer: Show the interviewer that you care about the school's community. Factors such as language, age and internet access may affect how you should best communicate with students' caretakers. Share plans to use letters, phone calls, a portal or other tools. You can also use this time to share an anecdote about a time when you successfully handled conflict with a parent/guardian.

Question No. 3: How do you stay organised and get your tasks done in addition to managing a classroom?

How to answer: Organisation is crucial for teachers. It is important that you show your ability to manage your time effectively. Refer to specific organisational tools you use, such as to-do lists and reminders.

Top Interview Questions

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Children's Learning Adventure
Preschool Teacher was asked...February 8, 2017

What made you pick childcare?

3 Answers

Wanting to teach the children of our future.

To help support development early learning. -Harriet D.Davis-Palatka,Fl

To make a difference in children’s (and their families’!) lives ... to be a positive role model ... support them towards positive and healthy development & learning Less

Do you have credentials? CPR training? any experience in childcare?

2 Answers

Yes to all three

Yes to all three, my paperwork got destroyed in a house fire

Children's Learning Center

How would you handle a difficult child?

2 Answers

from experience take the time to get to know the child and make clear what you expect and give incentives such as a sticker system to do it Less

from experience you need to take the time to get to know the child, what they like and don't like. I tried doing this with closing circle where I asked about what they liked and didn't like during the day. I also find out that using incentives helps in getting the child to do what's asked Less

The Goddard School

Where do you see yourself in five years?

2 Answers

I see me in five years to now working here, as a great teacher growing up with this wonderful school as a professional and human begin. Less

Working as a preschool teacher, making a difference in children’s and families’ lives, and continuing to build my professional development Less

Challenger School

Can you travel to other schools (over an hour away) to sub if needed?

2 Answers

Yes, because they said it rarely occurs & I don't mind if it's only once in awhile Less

I may travel very far from my home once in a while.

KinderCare Learning Centers

What happens if you see a co-teacher doing something wrong?

2 Answers

Report to managment

You immediately report it to the director. Kinder Care policy states that if you see something happen and you don't report it you can be held accountable as well, and lose you job as well as the co-teacher. Less

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

What is the most important skill to teach children in preschool?

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To me, patience is the most important skill to work with young children. If you don't have this, it not only affects yourself, children, but also the whole team that you work with. Less

Coloborate

Children's Learning Adventure

How I would handle a situation where we were understaffed and I had too many kids in my care.

2 Answers

Agreed! My answer would be that state laws dictate student to teacher ratios. Now I understand that sometimes there’s an exception and when in that situation you have to take all the children and engage them in something like reading a book playing a game or setting up an art activity depending on the age of the children Less

I didn't say this, bu I thought it a little concerning that they were expecting to have taken in more kids than they were able to accommodate. Less

Skool4kidz

What is your ambition as an early childhood educator?

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As an early childhood educator, i would like to mould the children with care , love and good habits which shape them. I would teach the base for their education. I show motherly love so that the children get attatched with me which helps me teach them Less

As an early childhood educator, i would like to mould the children with care , love and good habits which shape them. I would teach the base for their education. I show motherly love so that the children get attatched with me which helps me teach them Less

As an early childhood educator, i would like to mould the children with care , love and good habits which shape them. I would teach the base for their education. I show motherly love so that the children get attatched with me which helps me teach them Less

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

What technology have you used in a classroom that benefited you and your students?

2 Answers

projector screen, tablets

CD player /radio, tablet, flashlights

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