The Basic Childcare Certification program lays the foundation for a childcare career as a Nanny or Sitter. Basic Childcare 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 childcare lawyer to confidently supervise and manage children. See a complete class list and meet our 33 faculty instructors. All faculty instructors have at least a Master’s degree and five (5) years of direct experience in their area of expertise.
The Basic Childcare program is designed for nannies and sitters seeking to establish and maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment for children.
- Infant attachment
- Child development milestones
- Positive discipline
- Stress management
- Emergency management
- Active shooter response
- Food safety
- Water safety
- Payroll & taxes
- Work agreements
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 Childcare program includes 10 hours of childcare classes. 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 proficiency 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 US Nanny Institute to issue Certifications, not certificates of attendance.
Want to learn about each child by their developmental age? If so, check out the Intermediate program.
CC 101: Understanding Children
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
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: Positive Discipline
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.
GE 101: Professionalism
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
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.
HS 101: Emergency Planning
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
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
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
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.
OP 103 Payroll, Taxes & Benefits by HomeWork Solutions
What a Nanny or NCS needs to know about payroll, taxes and benefits by Jay Schulze, President of HomeWork Solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there financial payment plans, discounts or sales?
The US Nanny Institute offers Enroll As You Go which allows you to make $350 payments over time by purchasing each level separately. This allows students to pay for 10 hours of class at a time. Our eCommerce platform is Shopify and Shop Pay allows for you to select a payment plan option for a program purchase.
The US Nanny Institute also offers scholarships, when available. While businesses can offer payment programs, discounts and sales, Amslee 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 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 US Nanny Institute are separate entities. Like many childcare businesses, the US 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. The courses are copyrighted and cannot be saved on a personal computer in any way. The exceptions are reference materials and course study guides, which can be downloaded from the Additional References page in the student portal. Any personal notes taken during the program can be saved as a reference. Amslee Institute grants unlimited access to all the course materials during the 12 weeks of enrollment.
Included at no additional cost
Free Online Class - Nanny Contract & Newborn Care Work Agreement Example
Taking time to think through and write down job expectations will help ensure parents and nannies understands the responsibilities and compensation. Nanny contracts and newborn care specialist contracts help reduce confusion and create a more positive experience. This course will share why you need a nanny agreement and what elements should be included in a nanny contract. The second video walks through a 14-page example that can be modified to your nanny job.
Download - Nanny Contract & Newborn Care Work Agreement Example
You can download an example nanny contract that includes all the elements needed to hire a part-time nanny, full-time nanny, live-in nanny, overnight nanny, or a newborn care specialist. The example covers nanny job duties, compensation, benefits including nanny training and so much more. You can download the nanny contract example as Word (.doc), Adobe (.pdf) or .pages file. The file is unlocked so you can modify, edit and delete.
The US Nanny Institute is providing this example to educate parents, nannies, lawyers and others about the unique considerations for in-home childcare. The example illustrates components of a work agreement but the US Nanny Institute is not responsible for any edits or modifications. The US Nanny Institute recommends a local lawyer review any contract between parents and nannies to ensure the agreement meets all federal, state and local laws.
- The Works: Nanny Contract Example - Word | Doc
- The Works: Nanny Contract Example - Adobe | PDF
- The Works: Nanny Contract Example - Pages
Turn Your Education into a Career
The US Nanny Institute’s specialized curriculum provides a comprehensive approach to childcare and child development, teaching nannies diverse, proven methodologies and childcare skills that align with the differing needs of families, parenting customs and laws in the United States.
The Childcare programs are aligned with national early childhood development post-secondary curriculums, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the US Nanny Association’s National Standards. US Nanny Institute programs and courses are accepted for the Nanny and Childcare Provider (NCP), Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NICP), and Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP) Credentials.
We’ve made advancing your education easier with online Childcare programs that fit into a busy working schedule. All of our Childcare programs for Nannies and Sitters are taught with industry-experienced instructors and a specialized curriculum for in-home childcare so you feel confident you receive the skills you need to provide better care for children. Whether you are new to childcare or want to advance in your current career, you can achieve your goals and strengthen your passion for education and enriching the lives of children and families.
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