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Courses every nanny should know about!

We are huge fans of development and self-improvement, and have often heard “Where can I get more education or training that will help me in my nanny career?” While there are no minimum training requirements to work as a nanny, investing in yourself and your education is what is going to help you progress in your career and above all else help you be the best caregiver you can be!

We recommend at a minimum, obtaining undergraduate degree in a childcare related field, and supplementing that education with certified training courses that can further help develop a career path in childcare. Fortunately, with the technology we have available today, there are several options to build your resume, with online coursework related to childcare!

Taking these courses and obtaining certifications in relation to childcare is extremely beneficial, not only in furthering your childcare knowledge, but also in helping you stand out when searching for a job. Plus, having the added convenience of taking the courses online means that you have the flexibility of working on coursework as your schedule allows!

Here is a list of our recommended resources (along with website links to each resource) for childcare training and certification courses that can help you:

1.) Covid Ready Certification- The National Domestic Workers Alliance partnered with Next Step to provide a free Covid Ready certification for all caregivers and household staff. Upon completion you receive a certificate and are Covid Ready! https://membership.domesticworkers.org/coronavirus/work-safely/national-covid-ready-caregiver-certification/

2.) The INA Basic Skills Exam The International Nanny Association offers a Basic Skills Exam, and if you pass you are awarded a certificate from the International Nanny Association. It covers basic things around caring for and maintaining the safety and well-being of children. https://nanny.org/about-ina/credential-exams/

3.) Texas A&M Childcare Extension Texas A&M offers several free and low-cost childcare related courses with a variety of topics. https://agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/s/category/browse-by-category/child-care/0ZG4x00000095lO

4.) NannyU The Nanny University offers a variety of nanny related courses taught by industry professionals. https://mynannyuniversity.com

5.) Newborn Care Solutions Newborn Care Solutions offers a Newborn Care Specialist training online and with in-person workshops. http://newborncaresolutions.com/online-training/?wpam_id=1

6.) Food Allergy Trainings It helps to have training and experience in working with children that have food allergies. Researchers estimate that there are 5.8 million children in the United States with food allergies. Being informed is now more important than ever.


7.) Nannypalooza Every year Nannypalooza hosts International Nanny Training Day and the Nannypalooza conference for nannies. Both are great resources for continuing your education. Visit http://www.nannypalooza.com to find out when the next conference is and get more information about upcoming National Nanny Training Days.

8). Better Kid Care Penn State has an online extension that offers $5 childcare courses with certificates. They have a variety of courses covering a variety of childcare related topics. https://extension.psu.edu/programs/betterkidcare

9.) American Red Cross The American Red Cross offers CPR training, Advanced Babysitting Course, Swimming Course, and Lifeguard Course. https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class

10.) Child Nutrition Coursera offers a Child Nutrition and Cooking course to help educate families and caregivers on proper nutrition for children, as well as offer cooking tips! Coursera does have several other courses that may be beneficial to working as a nanny! https://www.coursera.org/learn/childnutrition

We hope that you have found this information helpful, and we wish you the best of luck on your childcare education journey!

-WeCare Nannies