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.

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What skills help Babysitter/Nannies find jobs?

  • Babysitting
  • Nannying
  • Infant Care
  • Toddler Care
  • Special Needs
  • Experience with Children
  • Caregiving
  • Daycare
  • Preschool Experience
  • Meal Preparation
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Teaching
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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.

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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.

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Common qualifications for Babysitter/Nannies

  • CPR Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • Driver's License
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • SIDS Certification
  • CNA
  • Child Development Associate Certification
  • Montessori Certification
  • Caregiver Certification
  • RN
  • AED Certification
  • Childcare Certification
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Frequently asked questions

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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