Full-Time Nanny Qualifications

Qualification of Full-Time Nannies

In the United States, the nannies are not regulated. There is no special license required to be a nanny or specific training program that all nannies must take. For this reason, the qualifications of a nanny are subjective and can be put forth by a nanny employer, nanny placement agency or online nanny recruiting site.

There are, however, industry wide qualifications that are accepted as standard. Accepted nanny qualifications include that a nanny be at least 18 years of age, in good health, a high school graduate and legally able to accept employment in the United States. Some placement agencies require nannies to have at least two years of documented nanny or childcare experience to be considered for representation. Most agencies and nanny employers require nannies to be CPR and first aid certified.

Within the nanny industry, there are specialized training programs, conferences and examinations that have been set forth to hold caregivers to self-imposed standards. The International Nanny Association, for example, holds a yearly educational conference and maintains a membership list of nanny educators that offer nanny training.

Individuals who are succeed as nannies typically have previous childcare experience, a working knowledge of childcare, some early childhood education and are able to work independently and without constant supervision. Since nannies can become isolated, individuals who wish to work as a nanny should be motivated to attend playgroups and playdates and be willing to take the children on age-appropriate outings to socialize with other children.

Nannies must be of solid character and must be trustworthy, reliable and dependable. They must have sound judgment and be effective communicators. Nannies must be able to take direction and to adapt their care style to the childrearing philosophies and styles of the parents who employ them.

Nannies serve as role models and trusted companions to the children in their care. Nannies must take their responsibility seriously and understand the impact that they make in the lives of the children in their care.

10 Qualifications That Full-time Nannies Should Have

Finding a nanny that fits your family best is an arduous process that yields long-term benefits. A nanny is not just a babysitter. A nanny becomes an extension of your family that should be trusted with your children and other family members. Personality, past experiences, special skills and overall qualifications are a significant part of hiring a nanny.

  1. A nanny with an educational background in child development, child psychology or advanced childcare studies. Nannies with an educational background have a knowledgeable foundation to complement years of experience. Look for a nanny with a two to four year college level degree or a graduate from a nanny training program that include practicum experience working directly with children.
  2. At least two full years of experience working with children, beyond practicum education. The more years of experience the potential nanny has, can indicate skill but newer nannies might also serve as a good fit. Consider years of experience in addition to the other listed qualifications.
  3. Verifiable employment history and credible references. Obtain place of employment, employer and contact information from the potential nanny to verify employment history and stability. A letter of recommendation helps but it does not replace the actual conversation needed between potential and past employers.
  4. Safety training and up-to-date life saving certifications. Entrust your children with a nanny that is trained in CPR and first aid. Obtain original certifications that can be copied for the nanny file.
  5. A clean driving record. Obtain a copy of the driver’s license and driving record. A clean driving record is imperative for a potential nanny that might drive children as part of the job.
  6. Clean criminal background check and caregiver check. Depending on the state or country, a caregiver background check is obtained through the local authorities and this check confirms a clean record. A potential nanny should not have abuse, neglect or uncertain infringements of record nor should a nanny have any criminal charges.
  7. Registration with a credible association like the International Nanny Association or General Childcare Register. A registered nanny with associations such as these has met certain qualifications including background check, testing and safety training. During the interview process, request this information from the potential nanny.
  8. Nutrition and meal planning skills. Any nanny you intend to hire must understand the basics of child nutrition. Discuss the meal planning structure your nanny follows and refer to the educational background of the nanny for more extensive information on nutrition for kids.
  9. Legally able to accept employment in the United States. Prior to commencing employment, employers are required by law to complete Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification.
  10. Up-to-date immunizations, TB testing and medical clearance. A potential nanny must be free of communicable disease and have a basic health check to ensure the children are not unnecessarily exposed to disease, virus and infection.

In addition to the specific qualifications, keep in mind that a qualified nanny appears to genuinely care for your children and makes decisions in the best interest of your children. Consider a trial run for the potential nanny to meet the kids and demonstrate her skills.


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