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Child Care Staff Evaluation

Whether you are child care administrator, director or a supervisior of student teachers; it is likely you will being evaluating caregivers. The evaluation of staff serves many purposes. In addition to a tool used for promotion and dismissal, staff evaluations can be valuable sources of feed-back and tools used for professional growth. Used properly, checklists and preformance appraisals can help promote open communication between the daycare staff and administration and clarify expectations.


Many directors will often give new providers a copy of the evaluation so that they know what the work expectations are and can measure their own progress. It is helpful to establish a set guideline for when evaluation will occur. Some programs will schedule staff evaluations at the end of a probationary period and then annually after that. It is helpful to ask the staff member to complete the form first, thereby allowing your ratings to show areas of agreement or discrepancy.

Sample Evaluation Tool

F = Frequently
O = Occasionally
N = Never

General Work HabitsFOR
Arrives on time
Reliable in attendance
Responsible in job duties
Alert in health and safety matters
Flexible with assignments and schedule
Maintains a positive attitude
Gives ample notice for absence
Remains calm in tense situations

Interaction with ChildrenFOR
Friendly, warm and affectionate
Eye to eye interaction
Uses modulated, appropriate voice
Shows respect for individuals
Is aware of developmental levels
Encourages independence and self-help
Avoids sterotyping and labeling
Reinforces positive behavior
Uses positive discipline techniques
Regularly records observations of children

Classroom ManagmentFOR
Creates an inviting learning environment
Maintains a safe environment
Provides age appropriate activities
Develops goals from observations
Facilitates growth in all areas of development
Serves as an appropriate role model
Anticipates problems and redirects behavior
Is flexible, responsive to children's needs
Is prepared for the day's activities
Handles transistions well

Working With ParentsFOR
Available and approachable with parents
Listens and responds well to parents
Is tactful with negative information
Shows respect for those from diverse backgrounds
Maintains confidentiality
Seeks a partnership with parents
Regularly shares information about the child's progress
Involves parents in center activities and events

Working With Co-workersFOR
Is friendly and respectful
Strives to assume a fair share of work
Shares ideas and materials
Communicates directly, avoids gossip
Approaches criticism with learning attitude
Looks for ways to be helpful
Solves conflict independently

Professionalism and GrowthFOR
Takes job seriously, seeks skill improvment
Participates in workshops, classes
Sets goals for personal growth
Behaves in an ethical manner

Evaluation CategoryExamples of Behavior
General Work Habits
Working With Children
Classroom Management
Working With Parents
Working With Co-workers
Professionalism and Growth

Additional Comments

Goals and Plans for Improvement