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What qualifications do nannies need?

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Although no specific qualifications or certificates are required to work as a nanny in the United States, most nanny recruitment agencies or private employers have standards for their employees. They usually include a high school diploma, basic first aid training, a safe driving record and experience working as a child care provider. In addition, many look for education or training in early childhood education.

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According to Care, anyone wishing to work as a nanny should become certified in CPR and first aid. Water-safety certification is also a good idea for anyone who lives and works near lakes, rivers, oceans or swimming pools.

Prospective nannies can obtain a credential that displays their knowledge of child care by taking the International Nanny Association's Nanny Credential Exam. An even higher level of credential is available through schools approved by the American Council of Nanny Schools, which offer the training required to become a Certified Professional Nanny. Other specialized training which prospective nannies may want to consider includes classes approved by the Newborn Care Specialist Association, nutrition classes or certification from the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, childhood fitness certification through American Fitness Professionals or special training on caring for special needs children.

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