Child Care Test


This test is meant as a review of content in the Child Care Guide, and is not part of your application process. We recommend taking time to consider all of these questions before your au pair placement begins.

1. List four things infants like:
a)
b)
c)
d)

2. What is the “one hand rule”?

3. When do babies normally begin to grow, or “cut” their first teeth?
a) Three to four weeks old
b) Four to six months old
c) 10 to 12 months old
d) Two years old

4. Should you respond quickly to a crying baby? If so, why?

5. Is it normal for a baby to cry when left alone with you when you first start caring for him/her?

6) List four things toddlers like:
a)
b)
c)
d)

7. Toddlers need a lot of sleep, sometimes up to 12 hours per night.
True
False

8. Most children start toilet training at around:
a) Six months old
b) Nine months old
c) Two years old
d) Four years old

9. What are a toddler’s favorite words?

10. Stories that involve repetition are good for toddlers.
True
False

11. List three things preschoolers like:
a)
b)
c)

12. Which of the following is a good toy for a preschooler to play with?
a) A violent video game
b) A teddy bear
c) Marbles
d) Razor blades

13. What do children gain by going to preschool (daycare)?

14. How can you help a preschooler’s language skills to develop?

15. What kind of development can be encouraged in five- to seven-year-olds?

16. Eight- to ten-year-olds have similar appetites to younger children.
True
False

17. List three things that five- to seven-year-olds like:
a)
b)
c)

18. How can you help your host child avoid group peer pressure?

19. List four things that eight- to ten-year-olds like:
a)
b)
c)
d)

20. What are some appropriate things for you to do with your 11- to 13-year-old host child when they get home from school? (Hint: two answers are correct.)
a) Encourage them to talk about their day at school
b) Yell at them
c) Have a snack ready for them
d)Make them sit in a corner

21. List three ways to make homework a more enjoyable and better experience for your children:
a)
b)
c)

22. List three good ways to communicate with your host child:
a)
b)
c)

23. What is one way that you could help your host parents stay involved with their children?

24. List three ways to make bedtime easier for your children:
a)
b)
c)

25. Is aspirin safe for children? If not, why?

26. Play is important and has great value for children when it comes to their development.
True
False

27. List three situations where an adult should get involved with children’s play:
a)
b)
c)

28. Which of the following is not a good thing to do on a rainy day with your kids:
a) Bake with them
b) Teach them songs and games from your home country
c) Take them to a disco
d) Play a board game

29. Write down two reasons a child might lie:
a)
b)

30. How will a child who has had too much “excitement” (over-stimulation) behave?

31. It is best to sneak out of the house to avoid upsetting a child instead of saying goodbye.
True
False

32. List and describe three types of discipline:
a)
b)
c)

33. Which of the following are appropriate reasons to call emergency services? (Hint: two answers are correct.)
a) To find a phone number
b) There is a medical emergency
c) There is a fire
d) To make an appointment for a haircut

34. What is ADHD?

35. List three tips that are useful when you work with children with ADHD?
a)
b)
c)

36. Which of the following is not true:
a) It is sometimes ok to drink & drive.
b) You should make sure that all children in your car are secure in their appropriate safety devices (seat belts).
c) Children under the age of 12 should never sit in the front seat.
d) You should not use a cell phone while you are driving as it is a big distraction and is illegal in most states.
e) You should always wear your seat belt.

37. It is okay to leave a child alone in a car if it is only for a few minutes.
True
False

38. How do you stop a “grease” fire (it was started with olive oil, cooking oil, etc.) on the stove?
a) By throwing flour on it
b) By throwing rice on it
c) By throwing sugar on it

39. List three common allergies that children may have:
a)
b)
c)

40. What is asthma?

41. At what temperature is a fever considered a high fever?

42. What are two things you can do to make sure a child takes good care of their teeth?
a)
b)

43. List three things you can do to help you deal with stress:
a)
b)
c)

44. Hitchhiking (asking a stranger to let you travel with them) is a safe and cheap way to travel and is recommended by InterExchange.
True
False

45. What are three things you can do to help improve your second language skills?
a)
b)
c)

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International Au Pair Association
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