The Reference Checklist
This check list is helpful when interviewing daycares, babysitters, coaches and school trip supervisors...
We welcome your suggestions
Please feel free to improve it any way you can, if we find your suggestion useful we will add your information to the Reference Checklist page. We plan to publish the final draft in July. Then you will always find it here on Street Smart Kidz and be able to download it any time you need it. I look forward to your suggestions. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Name _____________________________________________________________
Nick Name (if applicable) ______________________________________________
Phone Number: ________________ Email Address: _________________________
Driver's License # ( or provincial ID #)____________________________________
Date From___________________________ Date To__________________________
Contact Name_______________________ Position__________________________
*ALL the above information MUST be filled in
Questioning the Reference
Now it's time to question the references, be in a quiet room, pay attention to what you are being told, but more importantly, what your NOT being told, and don't skip any questions, because when the reference check is over, you will need to analyze all the info and come to a general conclusion by writing down what made you feel good, and what set off warning signals.
Discuss your notes about the following questions, with a mate, family member or close friend
Verify The Above Information By Asking The Following:
The References Questions
Dates of employment From________________________ To ________________________
Last salary _______________________
Will there be someone on site at all times with FIRST AID TRAINING? ______________________________________________________________________________
Last job title______________________________
Would you hire them again? why?_____________________________________________
Tell me about their interpersonal skill's ______________________________________________________________________________
How was their general attendance? ______________________________________________________________________________
Would you be comfortable leaving your children with this person?______________________________________________________________________
If not why? __________________________________________________________________
How much supervision do they need?________________________________________________________________________
More Important Information
Signals To Listen For (reading between the lines)
does the person answer right away, or is the phone quiet for a few seconds
are they stuttering and stammering, looking for answers, or is there a natural easy flow to the conversation
To Do List
PLEASE, complete this form for every situation where your child needs to be left with a stranger.
Use at least three references for each person you plan to allow around your children.
ask a lot of questions, take notes and keep in mind that the references could be fake.
follow through by phoning each and every reference
then give yourself a pat on the back for being a good parent