What Child Care Training Do I Need to Become a Nanny

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Technically, there is no formal 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. 

Start with basic child safety and emergency care

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:

  • Local community centers
  • Local hospitals
  • American Red Cross
  • American Heart Association
  • National Safety Council

Interested in infant and toddler care?

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:

  • Child and Baby First Aid, CPR, and Automated External Defibrillator
  • Baby Sleep Training
  • Multiples and Preemie Care
  • Breastfeeding Support 

Take on more responsibilities with a valid driver’s license

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:

  1. Preparing for the written test with the state’s driver’s handbook
  2. Book an appointment to take the written test and a vision test
  3. Once you pass, you can book a driving test at the DMV
  4. Practice for your drive test with your learner’s permit for 6 months to a year. Some states may require you to take a driver’s education course

Being comfortable with children in the water 

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.


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