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How to become a Babysitter/Nanny

The first step to complete is getting your high school diploma or GED. Home economics and psychology are two classes offered in high school that would be helpful in this role. You need a valid driver's license, with a safe driving history to chauffer the children to doctor appointments and other places. Accredited training classes, which last from 12 to 16 weeks, are available at many state agencies. After finishing a class at the American Council of Nanny School, you can affix “certified professional” to a nanny job title.

How to become: Household Manager · Childcare Provider · House Manager · Tutor · Home Helper
These qualifications are required: CPR Certification · Driver's License · BLS Certification
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What skills help Babysitter/Nannies find jobs?

  • Babysitting
  • Bilingual
  • Caregiving
  • Childcare
  • Communication skills
  • Customer service
  • English
  • Experience with children
  • First aid
  • Infant care
  • Nannying
  • Patient observation
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Career progression for Babysitter/Nanny

Education levels for Babysitter/Nannies

Based on the requirements of Babysitter/Nanny job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED70.0%
Bachelor's degree12.5%
Associate's degree8.0%
Middle school education8.0%
Master's degree1.3%
Doctoral degree0.1%
High school diploma or GED0.1%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Babysitter/Nanny in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$19,700
4 - 8$21,800
8 - 12$23,600
12 - 16$25,300
16 - 20$25,700
20 - 24$26,700
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Common qualifications for Babysitter/Nannies

BLS Certification

CPR Certification

First Aid Certification

Driver's License


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Common questions about career advices for a Babysitter/Nanny

What is the difference between a daycare and a nanny?

A nanny is responsible for taking care of children at home whereas daycare is provided at a center or the daycare provider's home.

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Do nannies need insurance?

It depends on whether the nanny is a contractor or self-employed. If the nanny is a contractor, it is usually covered by the family under umbrella insurance. However, nannies do need insurance if they're self-employed.

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What are the job responsibilities of a babysitter/nanny?

The job responsibilities of a babysitter/nanny are:

  • Bathing, dressing, laundry
  • Changing diapers, if age-appropriate
  • Planning and preparing meals
  • Educational activities and crafts
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