When a person is seeking a job in child care, they need to have one or two child care recommendation letters to give to prospective employers. Parents are usually very careful with whom they leave their children, and require good and positive references from the applicant’s past employers.
Also, when a parent is especially satisfied with a person who has provided quality care for their children, a child care recommendation letter to help the caregiver get another good job is one way of saying thank-you.
The parent or guardian who is writing the letter may begin by making a list of the qualities of a good child caregiver. These qualities may include patience, responsibility, reliability, kindness, loyalty and the ability to organize. A new employer will also want a caregiver to have these qualities and may look for them expressed in any child care recommendation letter.
The letter should begin with a statement explaining how the writer knows the applicant and what their relationship has been. For example, it may say that the applicant is the daughter of a friend, and has cared for the writer’s children for the past five years.
Another example is that the applicant was recommended by a local university and provides two excellent reference letters. Either way, the person writing the current letter must give his or her personal experience and recommendation. It’s important for children to like their caregiver, so the relationship of the children to the caregiver should also be mentioned.
Some of the jobs a child caregiver may apply for are:
• Live-in nanny
• Parent’s helper
• Employee at a day-care center
The writer should mention the caregiver’s overall character and personal traits in regards to the children, but examples often carry more weight than mere narrations. For example, the letter could state how much fun the activities that are provided by the caregiver are for the child and how the child looks forward to the caregiver’s arrival every morning.
Some tips for writing a good letter of recommendation:
• The letter should have a personal tone and show how the caregiver affected the lives of the children for whom he or she cared.
• The letter should not only give credentials such as a degree in education, bit is should also mention the good character traits of the applicant.
• The letter should give details about the caregiver’s previous experience.
• The letter should give an anecdote to illustrate the actions of the caregiver.
• The letter should be positive and highlight achievements.
By Andre Bradley