Professional Child Care

Class List and Information

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Start Date: Enrolling Now

Program Hours: 50

Program Cost: $2,025

Includes 10 Hours of Basic Child Care, 10 Hours of Intermediate Child Care, 10 Hours of Advanced Child Care & 10 Hours of Specialist Child Care

Professional Child Care Training & Certification

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The Professional Child Care Certification program elevates your Nanny career. Professional Child Care graduates are actively recruited by top nanny agencies as they meet the job requirements and have the specialized training desired by high net worth families and employers.

The Professional Child Care program is 50-60 hours of child care classes. The 50 hours include 10 hours of Professional classes, 10 hours of Specialist classes, 10 hours of Advanced classes, 10 hours of Intermediate classes and 10 hours of Basic classes and 10 hours of Leadership classes. 

This program is equivalent to the NCFE CACHE accredited Level 4 Nanny Institute Childcare provider. You earn this UK credential AND the US Professional certification.

This Professional Certification program also includes the Newborn and Infant Care certification at no additional charge.

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Who Should Enroll?

The Professional Child Care program is designed for nannies seeking a career in child care and commit exclusively to a full-time position with a high net worth family, a nanny share or be employed as a supervisor in a child-centric business.

What Topics are Covered?

  • Sleep training
  • Trends in childcare
  • Advanced children
  • Change management
  • Financial management
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Waldorf Steinger
  • Pikler and RIE
  • Gender-neutral 

Review the full course list

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What is NCFE CACHE Accrediation?

NCFE CACHE, or the Council for Awards in Care, Health, and Education, is an organization that offers qualifications in technical and vocational learning. CACHE has developed qualifications of excellence for over 70 years and with more than 1,000 UK-based and overseas delivery partners.

All NCFE CACHE qualifications are divided into five different levels, ranging from Level 1 (entry-level) to Level 5 (for experienced professionals). This qualification has been accredited as a Level 4 Customised Qualification and we have benchmarked the qualification’s learning outcomes and assessment criteria at Level (using a national framework’s level descriptors) to allow you to demonstrate the difficulty and depth of study.

NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). Our qualification has been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor. This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification.

You can verify the Nanny Institute’s level 4 accreditation on the CACHE website.

Who are the Instructors?

The Nanny Institute has 30+ faculty members who are experts as all our faculty have advanced degrees, at least 5 years of experience and a passion for child care. We invested in the right people to build and teach our curriculum so you learn from pediatricians, early childhood educators and child psychologists, many of whom were former nannies.

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Tuition Payment & Payment Plan Options

Do you need a payment plan? We offer a payment plan that allows you to purchase each program individually. This gives you the flexibility to take classes when it fits your budget. To enroll in the payment plan, select the Basic program and pay the tuition and fees. When you are ready, you can come back to the payment plan page and enroll in the Intermediate program. You must complete Basic, then Intermediate, then Advanced and Specialist before enrolling in the Professional program.

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Approved training for US Nanny Association Certified Professional Nanny (PNCP)

Upon completed, you earn a Nanny Institute Professional Childcare Certification, Newborn and Infant  Certification and get a transcript that lists the program courses. If you complete all 50 hours, you will meet the training requirements for the US Nanny Association’s Certified Professional Nanny (PNCP) credential.

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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?

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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How Do I Get Certified?

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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 are in the Professional Child Care Certification?

CC 501: Theories of Child Development

This course reviews human development theories from cognitive, psychosocial, psychoanalytical, and behavioral points of view including sociocultural, social learning, life span, attachment, and metacognition theories.

CC 502: Trends in Childcare

This course discusses the impact of working mothers, differing economic views of childcare, increase in home schooling and interest-driven learning, and new employment options.

CC 503: Advanced Children

Advanced students, about 3-5% of the 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

This course introduces brain development from in utero to newborn and through childhood, emphasizing ways to promote learning. The course also discusses the impact of adverse childhood experiences, how to calculate an ACE score, and ways to promote resiliency.

CC 505: Gender Neutral Parenting

This course introduces the characteristics and how to implement a gender-neutral parenting philosophy. The course discusses language including pronouns, how to build a gender neutral environment, and gender neutral clothing, toys, and books.

CC 506: Pikler and RIE

This course introduces the characteristics and how to implement the Pikler and RIE philosophies. The course teaches tender care moments, freedom of movement, the Pikler triangle, and self-directed play.

CC 507: Reggio Emilia

This course introduces the characteristics and how to implement the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The course teaches a child-centric and holistic approach to a child’s environment, education, and activities.

CC 508: Waldorf Steiner

This course introduces the characteristics and how to implement the Waldorf Steiner philosophy. The course teaches a lifelong learning approach, eurythmy, and temperaments.

CC 509: Montessori

This course introduces the characteristics and how to implement the Montessori philosophy. The course teaches a child-led approach and the four planes of development.

GE 501: Financial Management

Finances can be stressful and overwhelming. This course teaches the basics of personal finance including banking, credit, budgeting, loans, and insurance. An optional course, Financial Services for Nannies by Warren Burger, CEO of Luminary Financial Advisors, is included.

HS 501: Sleep Training

This course teaches sleep science and provides tools to help children ages 6 months and up develop healthy sleep habits. The course provides practical ways to overcome sleep challenges and introduces sleep techniques including the 5 S’s, no tears, pick up and put down, fading, and strategic napping.

OP 501: Leadership Development Series

The optional leadership development series teaches self-awareness, how to identify your core values, how to be accountable and maintain ownership, and provides tools to help you define and understand your work style as well as the work style of others. The series teaches you how to give and get feedback and provides resources to build consistency and execute a professional development plan.

GE 502: Managing Change

Humans inherently fear and struggle with change. This course discusses the different types of change and theories of change including Kubler-Ross, Lewin’s and the ADKAR model. The course also provides tools to help children and adults manage change.

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

As our culture advances, changes in etiquette and professional expectations make it challenging for nannies to navigate employment in their boss’s home. It’s a fine line between casual and unprofessional.

Kathryn Gonsalves, Psy.M

As a physician assistant, physical and mental health is very important to me. I have a passion for promoting a healthy childhood and wrote a children’s book series for healthy living and disease management.

Elena Borrelli, PA

Each child is unique and the more we know about their interests, strengths, and challenges, the more we can help them find their success.
Dr. Alaina Desjardin

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Are there financial payment plans, discounts or sales?

The Nanny Institute allows you to make $445 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.”

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 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 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 Litmus App

The Nanny Institute proudly uses Litmos as our eLearning partner. 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 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.