US Nanny Institute courses are classified as Health and Safety (HS), Childcare (CC), General Education (GE), Job Placement (JP), and Optional (OP). Numerically, 100 courses are required for the Basic Childcare, 200 courses are required for Intermediate Childcare, 300 courses are required for Advanced Childcare, 400 courses are required for Specialized Childcare, and 500 courses are required for Professional Childcare.
The 600 courses provide job placement support and are included at no additional cost. Optional courses are also provided to all students, free of charge. These are courses that can be taken if the topic is interesting to the student, but optional courses are not required for any programs.
What courses are included in the specialized Nanny curriculum?
CC 101: Understanding Children (2 hours by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval). Children are complex and change as they advance in development. This course is an introduction to childhood stages including newborn, toddler, preschool, and primary years with physical, social, and emotional developmental milestones.
CC 102: Children and the Law (1 hour 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, child abuse, emergency childcare, and more. Legal protections and liabilities for childcare workers will also be discussed.
CC 103: Positive Discipline (1 hour by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval). Positive discipline is based on mutual respect using firm and kind direction to help children learn to manage their emotions and behaviors. This course will examine different types of discipline and what is appropriate for different behaviors, provide tools for decision making, and how to set up an environment that encourages prosocial behaviors.
CC 201: Newborns and Infants (2 hours by Dr. Tali Berkovitch). A newborn baby is born helpless and needs constant care to survive. This course will review neonatal milestones and special care required including diapering, soothing, and signs of illness.
CC 202: Toddlers (1 hour by Shaundra Boyd). The toddler years are a critical time for development. Toddlers are beginning to walk, engaging in receptive and expressive communication, and developing social, emotional, and reasoning skills. This course will focus on understanding their needs and outline ways to help toddlers understand the world around them.
CC 203: Preschool (1.5 hours by Jena Paulo). Preschoolers are developing their basic life skills, independence, and knowledge they will need as they enter their school years. This course will review developmental milestones, physical needs, and how to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.
CC 204: Primary Years (1 hour by Ken James). As children grow into ages 6-8, they continue to advance physically and develop more cognitively, enabling a greater range of behaviors and emotions. This course will review developmental milestones, physical needs, and sexual development.
CC 205: Children and Literacy (1 hour by Christine Ducz). Literacy is an important skill all children need to be successful in life. This course addresses developing early literacy skills in infants and toddlers while promoting strong reading and writing skills for preschool and kindergarten children.
CC 206: STEM Activities (1 hour by Chelsea Herndon). STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will enable the next generation of innovators learn to solve global challenges. This course, for ages 3-5, will provide tools to help children understand complex systems through age-appropriate play.
CC 301: Learning Environments (1 hour by Annemarie Guertin). The learning environment for children in the early years (ages 1-5) plays a critical role in brain development and productivity. This course will focus on curriculum design and implementation conducive to the key components of a successful learning environment.
CC 302: Self-Regulation (1 hour by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval). Self-regulation refers to a person’s ability to manage and control their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It is a critical foundation for learning and good decision making. This course explores self-regulation and provides information and tools to help foster and support this development in children.
CC 303: Classroom Management (1 hour by Jessica Lofton). Classroom management is an essential element in working with groups of children. This course will introduce practical tools to understand and use an established process that can be applied to group play dates, birthday party games, and summer camp structured activities.
CC 304: Helping with Homework (0.5 hour by Chelsea Herndon). Homework is designed to help students review key concepts and provide extra time to practice new skills. This course will provide tools to create a positive homework environment, ensure the student remains responsible for their homework, and share ways to help the children be successful.
CC 305: Children and Music (1 hour by Dr. Beth Stutzmann). Music helps the body and mind work together and exposing children to music at an early age helps development. This course will introduce music and activities to support children of all ages.
CC 306: Children and Art (1 hour by Andrea Sammons). Arts and crafts help children develop mentally, socially, and emotionally as well as boost self-confidence. This course will focus on how art helps develop critical thinking skills as well as pre-reading and writing skills and practice ways to introduce art into a childcare environment.
CC 401: Lesson Planning (1 hour by Serenity Bradley). Lesson planning skills are useful when working with a home school program, at a community activity center, or creating an academic schedule for the summer while children are out of school. This course will provide example weekly schedules for ages 3-10 with tools to lesson plan including how to define learning outcomes, materials needed, activities, and time required.
CC 402: Children at Risk (1 hour by Dr. Alaina Desjardin). Children at risk are less likely to transition into adulthood successfully. This course examines the factors that create or increase risk and provide insights to aid those at risk in the youth population.
CC 403 Special Education (2 hours by Kerri Beisner). Special education and skills are needed to care for children with special needs or those with disabilities. This course is designed to introduce childcare providers to different types of special needs, tools that can be used with children, and how to be an advocate for young children with special needs and their families.
CC 501: Theories of Child Development (1 hour by Dr. Alaina Desjardin). Our understanding of human nature and child development is continually advancing. This course reviews human development theories from cognitive, psychosocial, psychoanalytical, and behavioral points of view.
CC 502: Trends in Childcare (1 hour by Kathryn Gonsalves). Childcare approaches and learnings advance with new information and cultural influences. This course has a range of topics including the increase of homeschooling, vacation resort and cruise ship childcare, and interest-driven learning.
CC 503: Advanced Children (0.5 hour by Dr. Alaina Desjardin). Advanced students, about 3-5% of the school population, exhibit high-performance capabilities in intellectual, creative, musical and/or artistic areas. This course reviews myths and misconceptions and shares the six areas a child may be gifted and how to provide them with individualized support.
CC 504: Brain Development. (1 hour by Elena Borrelli). Human brains are built as an ongoing process from before birth and continues into adulthood. This course will introduce brain architecture and how it’s the foundation of learning, behavior, and health.
CC 505: Gender Neutral, Pikler and RIE (1 hour by Chelsea Herndon). Parents may adopt a childcare approach or philosophy. This course covers gender neutral, Pikler and RIE approaches and how they are used in the home.
CC 506: Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori (2 hours by Chelsea Herndon). Parents may adopt a childcare approach or philosophy. This course covers Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Montessori, and Positive Parenting approaches and how they are used in the home.
HS 101: Emergency Planning (1 hour by Elizabeth Malson). Being prepared can help identify potential emergencies and possibly save lives. This course will teach specific actions needed for a wide range of emergencies and provide tools to develop and use an emergency plan.
HS 102: Safety in the Home (1 hour 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 a child might encounter in the home environment and discuss ways to eliminate or minimize the risk of harm.
HS 103: Water Awareness (1 hour by Elizabeth Malson). Swimming, boating, and other water sports are popular activities, especially during the summer. This course will provide water safety guidelines when in, on, or around the water.
HS 104: Food Safety (1 hour by Dr. Jennifer Rodriquez-Bosque). From processes on the farm to practices in the kitchen, food safety is important to decrease the risk of foodborne illness. This course will provide some basic concepts of food safety practices for preparing, serving, reheating, and managing food.
HS 201: Fitness Basics (1 hour by Allison Markham). Exercise is a critical component for good overall health to build muscle strength, promote healthy bone growth, and manage weight. This course will discuss endurance fitness, flexibility, strength training, and provide examples of age-appropriate exercise programs that improve the overall health and wellbeing of children.
HS 202: Health Basics (1.5 hour by Dr. Alexandra Murr). Everyone feels better and are happier when they are healthy. This course reviews the basics of keeping children healthy and how to manage common ailments and over the counter medications.
HS 301: Fitness for Child Athletes (1 hour by Darrin Prince). Developing fitness in children is vital to prepare them for a smooth transition into individual or team sports. This course will share the benefits of individual and team sports, the appropriate ages to compete in different sports, teaching sportsmanship, how to help keep athletes safe, hydration, and nutrition for athletes.
HS 302: Nutrition Basics (1.5 hour by Lynn Zepp). Food plays a significant role in our health and wellbeing but not everyone understands the components or how they interact in our bodies. This course will teach the basic components of nutrition, from digestion and absorption, to how nutrition affects health.
HS 401: Nutrition and Health (1 hour by Dr. Alexandra Murr). We find ourselves facing epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases and urgently need to promote and engage in healthy eating and lifestyles. This course will discuss the principles of weight management and dietary choices including the height and weight norms for children.
HS 402: Special Diets (1 hour by Allison Markham). Special diets can be driven by medical need or cultural preferences. This course will review common types of diets as well as and their impact on the body with information about vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, vegan, Atkins, raw food, and other nutrition options.
HS 501: Sleep Training. (1 hour by Andrea Malson). Some children sleep well on their own while others benefit from nighttime routines and other strategies that help them sleep. This course reviews sleep science and provide tools that help children ages 6 months and older to get a good night’s sleep
GE 101: Professionalism (1 hour 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 will discuss how to engage proactively and help make appropriate choices while employed in childcare.
GE 102: Stress Management (1 hour by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval). Stress during childcare is inevitable as juggling children, parents, playdates, and a personal life is a lot to manage. This course will discuss how to recognize the different components of stress, both physiological and psychological, and will cover behaviors and techniques that help reduce and manage stress reactions as a caregiver and to help children manage their stress.
GE 301: Communicating with Families (1 hour by Dr. Michelle Dragalin). Communication is the exchange of information and news including our daily conversations. This course will focus on communication skills that strengthen working relationships with families.
GE 302: Types of Families (1 hour by Denise Richardson). Children learn from families, teachers, and caregivers in their lives with families comprised of traditional and often non-traditional structures. This course discusses the diverse types of families, how to avoid stereotypes and the importance of developing partnerships with everyone for the betterment of the children.
GE 401: Etiquette and Manners (1 hour by Kathryn Gonsalves). An understanding of etiquette is important for professionalism and teaching children correct manners. This course will provide business etiquette, dining protocols, and social norms for a variety of situations.
GE 402: Household Management (1 hour by Elizabeth Malson). Childcare positions often come with some household management responsibilities including housework, cleaning, or comprehensive household management. This course will share the benefits of schedules and example routines as well as basics on cleaning, laundry, and sewing.
GE 403. Caring for Pets (1 hour by Dr. Patricia Ziefle). In the United States, 68% of families have a pet and household management responsibilities may include caring for a dog or cat. This course teaches how to care for these and other common pets, so you can confidently care for these animals.
GE 404: Global Celebrations (1 hour by Chelsea Herndon). Understanding the positive attributes of diverse cultures helps children learn more about the world. This course introduces popular days of celebrations from different countries around the world, providing child-friendly activities or lessons that help teach diversity.
GE 501: Financial Management (1.5 hour by Marlene Malson). Finances can be stressful and overwhelming. This course will teach the basics on how to track money spent, create a budget, understand taxes, and develop a savings plan.
GE 502: Managing Change. (1 hour by Dr. Lauren Formy-Duval). From the time we are born, we face change and yet, humans inherently fear and struggle with change. This course will provide tools to help children and adults manage change.
Professional graduates have the option to be published. Students can select a childcare related topic and author a blog or video that will be published and shared with US Nanny Institute’s childcare community.
Job placement courses and optional classes are included at no additional cost.
PS 601: Resume Writing (1 hour by Gregory Cassiere). Resumes are usually the first interaction with potential employers and can be a critical part of the employment process. This course will transform your resume into a powerful tool to market your value to employment or nanny agencies, childcare centers, and families.
PS 602: Job Search Strategies (0.5 hour 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 (1 hour 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 (0.5 hour 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 (0.5 hour 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.
OP 101: Tips for Live-In Nanny Positions (0.5 hour by Karli Ortmann). Living with a family while employed as a Nanny has unique benefits and challenges. This course will discuss how to manage a position that is often viewed as both a family member and an employee.
OP 102: Photographing Children (0.5 hour by Marlene Malson). There may be many times when you want to capture a precious moment for the parents of children under your care. This course will help you understand the issues associated with photographing children under your care and provide tips on capturing better images.
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