Nannies need to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Note that many agencies do not refer nannies under the age of 20 years old. The younger nanny may be a very good candidate, but the employer must consider maturity, experience, and aptitude when evaluating nanny candidates. Candidates for in-home child-care jobs should be up to date on all of their necessary immunizations and be trained in first aid and CPR. Many families will hire nannies based on experience and won’t necessarily require them to have any additional education. Families that hire based on experience only feel that experience raising and caring for children is worth just as much as a diploma.
The INA offers an examination online for nannies. This exam, when passed, provides nannies with certification proving they know the necessary information about nutrition, childcare, child safety, development, and other concepts a childcare provider should know in order to do their job correctly. The INA exam is available to any person who has worked at least 2,000 hours as a nanny. This equals out to a year of full-time work in the field. This certification looks great to families and childcare agencies (staffing companies and agencies only hire certified nannies).
Early childhood education degrees are the ideal choice of education for nannies. These degree programs are filled with useful information about how children thrive and develop with proper early childhood care. Even an associate’s degree in early childhood education can be enough to skyrocket a career for nannies. Early childhood education degrees are especially useful if a nanny-to-be has an interest in working with children that have special needs.
Workshops and lectures that focus on the development of children, as well as parenting classes, are other useful resources that nannies can put on their resumes. The more practical childcare know-how, the better the resume will appeal to agencies and families looking to hire in-home childcare professionals.
The Council for Professional Recognition offers a program called the Child Development Associate program. This tests a candidate’s overall knowledge of childcare and their abilities as a childcare professional. In order to pass the program, a person must have advanced knowledge about nurturing creativity in children, child safety, health knowledge, and communicating effectively with children. Many areas of North America require childcare professionals to have this certification.
What are Nannies like?
Based on our pool of users, nannies tend to be predominately social people.
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Nannies by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 1805 Sokanu users
Are Nannies happy?
as moderately happy among
careers. Overall they rank in the 58th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Nanny Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Nannies
The most common degree held by nannies is Psychology.
5% of nannies had a degree in psychology before becoming nannies. That is over 1 times the average across all careers.
English Literature graduates are the second most common among nannies, representing 3% of nannies in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.7 times the average.
Nanny Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Nanny, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.