How to Write a Letter of Recommendation for a Child Care Provider

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
• Babysitter
• Au-pair
• 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.

Below is a sample child care recommendation letter. It may be hand-written to give it a personal touch, or it could be printed if it needs to be more formal. 

The writer may ask the applicant if he or she would like the letter addressed to a specific person or simply addressed To Whom It May Concern. This may affect the qualities of the applicant that are highlighted.

Sample Child Care Recommendation Letter

Name of Writer
Address of Writer
City, State, Zip Code


To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is a formal recommendation for Name of Caregiver for the job of child care. I met her through a common friend and learned that she was looking for employment as a child caregiver. 

She offered me two recommendation letters that spoke very highly of her character. One was from a judge and the other was from a previous employer. 

Name of Caregiver has worked for me for the past five years and looked after both my son and my daughter. When she started, my son was two years and my daughter was four years. 

They are now old enough not to not require a full-time caregiver, which is the reason we are sadly letting Name of Caregiver go. However, she would be a cheerful and positive addition to any family, and I highly recommend her for any child care job. 

Her focus and enthusiasm drives her multi-tasking abilities, and she has always made both of my children feel valued and cared-for. She makes it a point to look online for games and activities that attract the children to fun and educational projects. 

Name of Caregiver moved closely with our family on a daily basis and twice accompanied us on vacation. I can attest to her loyalty and confidentiality and she conducts herself very professionally, never taking advantage of her position.

We hope to keep in touch with Name of Caregiver throughout the years and wish her well in her future endeavors. If you are considering Name of Caregiver as a personal child caregiver, you may not find a better person. 

If you have any questions, I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email Address and will be happy to give you more information about Name of Candidate. 


Signature of Writer
Printed Name of Writer