Child Care Reference Letter and Email Examples

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If you've been asked to write a reference letter for someone applying for a childcare 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
City State, Zip Code


Ms. Jeanette Larossa
State, Zip Code

Dear Ms. 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


Donna Selle

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 childcare, 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.


Elizabeth Strong
(555) 123-4567