Technically, there is no standard training required to become a nanny. However, most families look for nannies that can handle any challenges that emerge with a child’s daily needs and provide a safe and stimulating environment for children. During the hiring process, certifications can act as a way to demonstrate that knowledge. Once you’ve solidified your position as a nanny, certifications can further your understanding and can enable you to be considered for a higher pay scale.
Families want to be confident that you can handle emergencies that might arise while you’re caring for their children. Becoming certified in First-Aid and CPR will help you navigate emergencies and injuries with confidence.
Where to find safety training courses:
For all parents, and especially, first-time parents can struggle with leaving their young child in someone’s care. To help ease their worries, there are a few certifications that you can get that are specific to caring for children in this stage:
Particularly in suburban areas, families are looking for nannies who can run errands, take the children on day trips, and manage pickup and drop-offs. To do this, you’ll need a valid driver’s license. The general process for getting a valid driver’s license is:
If you’re looking for a family who would like you to join them on vacation, aquatic and water safety training can ensure that you have the skills needed to prevent and respond to any emergencies. Additionally, families who frequent lakes or own a swimming pool prefer nannies who are also able to teach their children basic swimming lessons. You can do this with certifications like the Water Safety Instructor and the Basic Swim Instructor.
Early childhood development training demonstrates expertise to families. You'll be able to provide personalized care and learning for children based on their needs. It also shows that you can stay with a family for a long-time as your approach to child care will grow as the children do. This is especially important for infants as they are constantly reaching new milestones.
The Nanny Institute offers the first formal training for nannies. From early childhood college faculty to child psychologists, and pediatricians, the curriculum is both comprehensive and practical.