Training is a very important factor in any profession and needs constantly updating to refresh and maintain a high level of skills.

A qualified nanny will have gained a recognised childcare qualification relating to children from birth to 8 years including studies in the following subjects:

  • Physical care and development (including children’s ailments and caring for children during illness)
  • Nutrition (cooking healthy meals and dealing with allergies)
  • Healthy and safety (safe environments e.g. safety gates, medicines and first aid kit; placing children’s safety first; and safety when travelling)
  • Leaning through play (using play to develop social interaction; employing observational skills to understand and help children achieve)
  • Language (intellectual, emotional and social)

Once you are trained as a nanny you can…

  • Look after children in the age group for which you are trained
  • Provide high quality, convenient childcare in the family home
  • Plan and implement ways of learning through fun within a home environment.
  • Understand the needs of the children and contribute to their intellectual, emotional and social development
  • Ensure that children are safe, well cared for and happy
  • Provide sustainable and continuous childcare in their home
  • Plan and adapt routines and needs required for your charges on a one-to-one basis
  • Support the family as a whole and know how to help parents provide a high standard of care to the child(ren) whilst they are at work

How do nannies train?

  • Some nannies will choose to take a two-year full time training course at college
  • Others will train via an apprenticeship through a nursery
  • On-line and part-time courses are available for those who wish to change their career to work with children.
  • Training must be practical and theory-based and so some time is spent in the classroom and/or on a childcare placement.

Training offers opportunity for nannies to evidence their professional knowledge and expertise. This makes a trained nanny more marketable; employers recognise the value of that training, will be prepared to pay a premium salary since they benefit from the reassurance that that additional knowledge and education brings.

So why do nannies train?

There are many reasons. Among them

  • It is a personal investment in YOUR future. Many nannies used their qualification(s) to transition to careers in in among others teaching, nursing, and midwifery.
  • Being formally trained adds value to your personal portfolio and brings it own sense of personal achievement Continued professional development demonstrates commitment to the profession, builds self-confidence and a sense of pride

Options for qualified nannies

It is preferable for training to be continuous throughout your career. Some options are mandatory such as DBS certification (formerly CRB checks) and first aid qualifications; most others are optional dependent on your chosen career development path.

  • First Aid: Every nanny should have this as part of their portfolio. The cost for this is generally met personally
  • DBS: Every nanny should have this as part of their portfolio. The cost for this is generally met personally OFSTED registration: This is purely a financial benefit to the family and therefore the cost is normally paid by the family not the nanny.

Options for those without formal qualifications, training or experience

It is never too late to commence training. However late it is started, training shows a commitment to the profession to future employers. Some employers are happy to assist with training costs if they feel it will benefit the children.

Many courses are available on a part-time, on line, and correspondence basis so there is no need to return to full time education.

Whether qualified or unqualified, parents may offer nannies opportunity to enter into additional training .

It is usual to receive a salary increase on completion of the contract and for there to be a condition in the contract that the nanny continues to work for the family for a pre-determined period of time or to repay (some of) the cost of the training in the event that the nanny leaves.

Training in Specialised Areas

Nannies and employers should consider the benefits of structured training and development programmes to ensure that an appropriate level of knowledge to perform to the required standard. All nannies need to be aware of the expectations of their role/employer and to keep abreast of emerging trend and developments within the industry and to maintain the currency of their skills and qualifications.

Nannies who show initiative and receive support and encouragement to train and develop, generally have a longer term relationship with their employers are more highly regarded and benefit from better conditions. It is advantageous for an employer to encourage and help the nanny in pursuing career development rather than leave the nanny to seek out their own opportunities without any support. The investment in encouragement and training that an employer makes in their nanny shows nannies that they are valued. Training creates a supportive and mutually beneficial working relationship.

How can nannytraininglink help?

Nanny Training Link works with registered nannies and parents to identify training needs advantageous to them. We listen and we research. We understand the profession and keep abreast of emerging trends and developments, which we then communicate to our clients and (where necessary) works with reputable companies and trainers to provide training in those topic areas.

Nanny Training Link offers courses tailored to suit the needs of those working in commercial, public sector and domestic sectors. Our courses aim to enhance theory, knowledge, and practical skills. All our training courses are OFSTED compliant, endorsed by CACHE and CPD certificated.

For more details please contact us.

Margaret Cowell




1 Comment

  1. Monika on July 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I really enjoyed the course. It was very informative, coherent and helpful. I liked the way the information was presented, e.g. the presentation of good and bad interviews at the beginning of the course. There were many examples from real life that I found relevant and interesting.

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