Child Care Reference Letter and Email Examples
Examples to Review for Writing Child Care References
If you've been asked to write a reference letter for someone applying for a child care position, include specific examples of the applicant's interactions with children. You can highlight skills and qualifications that make them a strong candidate, such as multi-tasking, communication, and any related coursework or certifications.
You’ll be providing an endorsement of the person's ability to do the job and your confidence in them.
Since their honesty and integrity will be so crucial to their success in child care, make sure that you are completely comfortable giving the person a glowing recommendation, based on personal and professional experiences with them.
Below are sample reference letters for a child care position. Remember to include specifics and use these examples as a guide to help you get started.
Reference Letter for Child Care Example
Mrs. Donna Selle
Mrs. Jeanette Larossa
Dear Mrs. Larossa,
I am writing to you in reference to Bonnie Green. Ms. Green has been in my employ as a Babysitter and Mother's helper for the past four years.
During that time, I have had the pleasure of seeing her grow from a high school student into a mature young woman graduating with her Associates Degree in Child Care. I believe that she is well qualified and experienced to accept the challenge of being a full-time nanny.
When Ms. Green first came to my employ, she primarily watched my son, age one, while I worked from my home office. As he grew older and was joined by a brother, Ms. Green's responsibilities increased to watching the two children alone, making meals for them, and taking them on short outings to the park, the swimming pool, the mall, etc.
I have the utmost confidence in her judgment and maturity, and have always felt comfortable leaving my children in her care.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 555-111-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sending an Email Reference Letter
When you're sending the reference via email the content will be the same, but your format will vary slightly. Your contact information will follow your signature, and you can omit the contact information of the person doing the hiring.
You’ll need to be specific in your subject line, including “reference” or “referral” and the person’s first and last names. This will make it clear at a glance who the reference is about.
Email Reference Example
Subject: Reference - Priscilla Pringle
Dear Mr. Smith,
I have known Priscilla Pringle for many years, and I am happy to be writing a reference for her for the position in your Afterschool Program. Priscilla was a student of mine at Anystate College during her Child Care studies. I was her faculty advisor and had the opportunity to oversee her classroom studies as well as the time that she spent with children during her student teaching assignment.
Priscilla consistently showed enthusiasm, attention to detail, and compassion in everything she did.
Certified in First Aid and Child and Baby CPR, she is vigilant in maintaining a safe and clean environment for her charges.
She was engaged in the classroom, always going the extra distance to make sure her work was of the highest quality. Not only was her own academic work excellent, but she also tutored her peers who were struggling with some of the material. She was able to put her studies to practical use with the children when she had the opportunity to student teach at our afterschool program here on campus.
Since her graduation, I have followed Priscilla’s career in child care, and I believe her to be a very capable young woman. She has worked with children of different ages, abilities, and learning styles, and has brought her vast patience and empathy, as well as her communication and organizational skills, to a variety of child care settings.
I believe her experience will make her an ideal candidate for your position.
If I can answer any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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Writing a Personal Statement
The purpose of a Personal Statement
Many application processes include a requirement to state why you believe that you are suitable for the job or course in question. This section of the application form is often referred to as a personal statement. It is your opportunity to convince the reader that you are interested in the position and that you have all the necessary skills and aptitudes to be successful in the role.
What do recruiters look for in a Personal Statement?
A good indication of what an employer is looking for in a personal statement is what they have identified as the key requirements of the role and the type of skills and experiences that are important. These are often identified in the ‘person specification’ for the job, which is a comprehensive list of all the criteria against which candidates will be measured.
Personal Statement Guide:
1. If there is a job description for the post you’re applying for, look over the list of duties one-by-one and think of examples of how your experience of could match these duties.
2. Remember to include experience with groups or voluntary work.
3. Do not worry about trying to fill all the space provided. Keep sentences short and simple.
4. Try not to use short forms (i.e. I’m, don’t, wouldn’t……use I am, I do not, I would not).
5. Summarise with a short concluding paragraph.
Intro: Why I want this job and what especially interests me about it.
Main Body: (Go through the personal specification/ duties list and give a short sentence of how you could meet each one. If possible give examples of how you’ve demonstrated each in the past or at least how you would strive to meet them in the future if you don’t have experience).
Conclude: What personal qualities can I bring to the job?
Many application processes include a requirement to state why you believe that you are suitable for the job or course in question. This section of the application form is often referred to as a ‘personal statement’. It is your opportunity to convince the reader that you are interested in the position and that you have all the necessary skills and aptitudes to be successful in the role.
I am interested in applying for the post of Nursery Nurse at St Bede’s Children’s Hospital, I have substantial experience of working with children in various childcare settings, in both educational and social care settings, and am still enthralled and challenged by how children develop, learn and interact. I would particularly love to work with sick children to help them to make up time lost from school through illness and/or help stimulate them at a frustrating time.
I understand something of the quality of care offered at St Bede’s through my short-term volunteer placement at the hospital last year. I have worked with children of varying ages and abilities inone-to-one and small group situations, and can offer a caring attitude, patience, an interest in creative activities and music. I play the piano and guitar and have recently begun a course in sign language.
One of my recent personal achievements was offering respite care to a child with severebehavioural difficulties, who needed 24-hour care, for a week, to enable her parents to have a break. Through empathy, hard work and developing an understanding of personal needs I built an excellent relationship with the child.
Additionally I have the skills to cope with various ages of children with varying health problems and who can offer flexibility and breadth of experience, both of which I possess.
Finally I am a naturally cheerful, capable, adaptable person with good teamwork and interpersonal skills developed in my previous employment and I would enjoy the challenge of working in ahospital setting. I can bring examples of creative and musical projects, undertaken with children, when I attend an interview.