Basic Child Care Program

Class List and Information

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Program Hours: 10

Program Cost: $299

Prerequisite Courses: None

Overview of the Basic Child Care Program

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The Basic Child Care Certification program lays the foundation for a child care career as a Nanny or Sitter. Basic Child Care graduates learn positive discipline techniques from a child psychologist and get safety tips including active shooter response tactics from experts. Sitters and nannies also gain legal insights from a child care lawyer to confidently supervise and manage children.

This specialized Nanny and Sitter training program is 100% online with 24/7 on-demand access to faculty-taught classes. Focused on safety and professionalism, the Basic Child Care program includes 10 hours of child care classes.

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Who Should Participate in this Program?

The Basic Child Care program is designed for nannies and sitters seeking to establish and maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment for children.

What Topics are Covered in This Program?

  • Infant attachment
  • Child development milestones
  • Positive discipline
  • Stress management
  • Emergency management
  • Active shooter response
  • Food safety
  • Water safety
  • Payroll & taxes
  • Work agreements

We have many programs that will align with your career goals. Please see our program overview page to see the different options available.

What is the Class Structure for the Basic Child Care Program?

Each class is an on-demand video by our faculty and every class has a study guide that you download. You complete the study guide as you watch the course. After each course, there is a short quiz to test your understanding of the course material. The study guide and quiz prepare you for the multiple choice exam at the end of the program. The assignments and proficiency requirements (quizzes & exams) in addition to a comprehensive curriculum and college faculty are the foundation for the Nanny Institute to issue Certifications, not certificates of attendance.

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Take These Next Steps

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1. Sign Up For A Program

Choose from one of our learning programs that will meet your needs.

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2. Attend The Online Courses

Our online courses are taught by industry experts.

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3. Earn A Certification

At the end of the program, you will take a multiple choice exam that will test your knowledge.

What Courses Will I Be Taking in the Basic Child Care Program?

CC 101: Understanding Children by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval

This course teaches the importance of attachment and provides an overview of child development stages for newborns, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary and primary years with a focus on physical, social, and emotional developmental milestones.

CC 102: Children and the Law by Aaron Brandel

Laws differ in each state, but compliance with local child safety provisions is always mandatory. This course will review relevant laws on proper transportation, injury liability, child abuse, contracts, emergency treatment, and legal protections for childcare workers.

CC 103: Discipline Strategies by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval

Discipline is teaching children to manage their emotions and behaviors. This course starts with learning theory, reinforcement and rewards, then provides tools for decision making and setting up an environment that encourages prosocial behaviors. Common situations are discussed with guidance on when and how to intervene in specific situations that are likely to arise when caring for children.

HS 101: Emergency Planning by Elizabeth Malson

Being prepared can help identify potential emergencies and possibly save lives. This course will teach specific actions needed for weather, medical, fire, unsafe situations, auto accidents, power loss and active shooter situations as well as provide tools on how to develop and use an emergency plan.

HS 102: Safety in the Home by Marlene Malson

One of the primary responsibilities of a childcare provider is to supervise and monitor the safety of children in their care. This course will identify many of the physical risks including hazards, poisons, baby equipment, outdoor safety and discuss ways to eliminate or minimize the risk of injury or harm.

HS 103: Water Awareness by Elizabeth Malson

More than 350 children drown each year. This course discusses drowning risk factors, techniques to reduce drowning risk, dry and secondary drowning, types of floatation devices, and provides water safety guidelines when in, on, or around the water.

HS 104: Food Safety by Dr. Jennifer Rodriquez-Bosque

From farming to the kitchen, food safety decreases the risk of foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites and allergens. This course teaches food safety practices to prevent contamination, reduce pesticide exposure and safely prepare, cook, store, and reheat food.

GE 101: Professionalism by Karli Ortmann

Conducting yourself with high character, integrity, and behaving with moral principles is required to be a positive role model for children. This course teaches how to engage professionally and make appropriate choices while employed in childcare.

GE 102: Stress Management by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval

Stress during childcare is inevitable as juggling children, parents, play dates, and a personal life is a lot. This course teaches the causes and symptoms, biology and management of stress. The course also provides behavior tools and techniques to reduce and manage stress reactions as a caregiver and tools to help children manage their stress.

All Nanny and Sitter Courses are Taught by Child Care and Academic Experts
Meet Our Amazing Faculty

I’ve been married for 17 years and my husband and I have raised two teenage daughters. I’m proud to have a career in education and this year, I proudly accepted membership into the Kappa Delta Pi National Society for educators.
Denise Richardson, M.Ed

Having coached over 700 athletes, I’ve been blessed to work with those as young as 4 through adults. I am a husband and proud father of 6 and one of my purposes is helping young and elite athlete’s develop on and off the field.
Darrin Prince, MACE

Clean eating is a passion of mine as well as helping children and families learn how to best fuel their bodies.
Dr. Jennifer Rodriguez-Bosque

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there financial payment plans, discounts or sales?

The Nanny Institute allows you to make $299 payments over time by purchasing each level separately. This allows students to pay for 10 hours of class at a time.

The Nanny Institute also offers scholarships, when available. While businesses can offer discounts and sales, the Nanny Institute is a career college and adheres to the Department of Education requirements. Licensed post-secondary schools must comply with 6E-1.0032(7), F.A.C which states, “Tuition or fee discounts are not permissible.”

Can I watch the classes on my phone?

Yes. You can download the SAP Litmos app and log in to your student portal on your phone. Each class has a study guide that can be completed so you may want to download or print the study guide from a computer prior to watching the class on your phone.

I am not living in the United States and I am not a US citizen, can I enroll?

Yes, you can enroll online and complete the program from any location in the world. Job placement services; however, are only available to those living in the United States.

You do not need to be a United States citizen but you must upload a copy of a government-issued identification from any recognized country to verify your identity.

Do these programs count for the US Nanny Association Certifications?

Yes. All programs (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Specialist and Professional Childcare, Newborn Care Specialist and eLearning Facilitator) are accepted by the US Nanny Association for the training requirements to earn the Certified Nanny and Childcare Provider (NCP) Credential. The Newborn Care is accepted by the US Nanny Association for the training requirements for the Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NICP). The Professional Childcare program is accepted by the US Nanny Association for the training requirements to earn the Certified Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP) Credential.

The US Nanny Association and the Nanny Institute are separate entities. Like many childcare businesses, the Nanny Institute is an organization member of the US Nanny Association.

What are the enrollment requirements?

Enrollment requires students to be at least 18 years old and have a government-issued identification (from any recognized country). Students sign up online by paying the tuition and fees, then immediately checking their email SPAM or Junk folder to access and log in to their student account. Students must sign an Enrollment Agreement and upload a copy of government-issued identification. Within 30 minutes of signing the paperwork and confirming the student’s identity, the classes will unlock in the student’s account and they can begin the program.

Will I need to buy textbooks?

No, all the course materials are available online and included in the tuition and fees. Every course has a study guide that can be downloaded and used to capture notes from the course. These study guides create a textbook that you can keep. The materials are for personal use only. All course videos and resources are copyrighted and cannot be used for any business purpose.

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Need Help Staying on Track?

Download SAP Litmus App

The Nanny Institute proudly uses SAP Litmos as our eLearning partner. SAP Litmos Mobile makes learning more accessible for you by ensuring you can access all your eLearning courses via your smartphone. With this app, you can easily search for your organization’s learning content and access it anytime, anywhere. With this app, students gain flexibility, have greater engagement and course consumption. This app requires an active SAP Litmos account which is your Nanny Institute username and password.

Job Placement

The Nanny Institute is Invested in Your Success, Including Getting a Job with a Great Family. All Nanny Institute Programs Include Job Placement Classes.

PS 601: Expert Resumes for Nannies by Elizabeth Malson

This course uses nanny specific examples of a traditional and visual resume to teach resume writing as well as demonstrates how to modernize a nanny portfolio using LinkedIn.

PS 602: Job Search Strategies by Sarah Olson

Knowing the most current job seeking trends and skills creates an advantage in gaining a desired position. This course will review the types of jobs in childcare, practical tools to find the right job opportunities, and how to network and use social media to enhance your professional reputation.

PS 603: Interview Skills by Gregory Cassiere

Interviews are a critical part of the employment process that enables potential employers and candidates to learn about each other. This course will help you prepare for an interview, know what to expect during the interview, how to end an interview, and what to write in thank you notes.

PS 604: Negotiating Compensation by Sarah Olson

Negotiating employment compensation may create anxiety but is an important skill to make sure you feel valued and fairly compensated for your work. This course will help you determine what components of compensation are most important to you and how to effectively communicate with a potential employer on salary and benefits.

PS 605: Work Agreements by Elizabeth Malson

Taking the time to think through and write down job expectations will help ensure everyone understands the responsibilities and compensation. Work agreements help reduce confusion and create a more positive experience. This course will introduce work agreement templates and tools to discuss a work schedule as well as pay, overtime, and other benefits.
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