Education by far sets a nanny apart from even those who have worked many years in the field. A prospective employer is always more impressed with an experienced AND educated nanny. Being educated distinguishes the nanny as someone who is not just looking at this as a “job” but as a "profession". It shows the parent that this nanny is interested in learning and growing as a professional.
Yet training for “nannies” is limited considering the amount of childcare providers in the United States, and it is always surprising to see how many nannies do not have any training on their resumes. This is especially obvious to agencies that muddle through hundreds of resumes searching for those stellar candidates that their clients will want to hire. Aside from needing First aid and CPR training, here are a few workshops to consider:
*Nutrition and Fitness for Children
*Lactation and Breastfeeding
*Infant/Nanny Postpartum Care
*Caring for Multiples
*Career Development – Professionalism
*Parent/Nanny Emergency Preparedness
*Household Management – Housekeeping & Laundry Basics
A nanny can obtain training from Nanny schools such as Alexandria School for Nannies and English Nanny & Governess School (both in Ohio) or at American Nanny & Parenting Institute in New York. In Los Angeles, there is The Nanny Institute http://TheNannyInstitute.com where one can attend all day training seminars on a regular basis.
Another good resource is to attend conferences like Nannypalooza and The International Nanny Association. Reach out to Marta Perrone (email@example.com) for career and household management training through her various books, DVDs and other training materials.
Many local schools offer Child Development courses that are affordable. Every nanny should register for this curriculum and seek other workshops offered in the community to supplement this training. Lora Brawley of http://nannybizreviews.com/nntd/ started National Training Day. Agencies all over the country participate by providing training on this same day April 20th all over the country to local nannies for free.