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Where do I train to be a nanny?

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The English Nanny & Governess School trains students to be certified nannies, and the American Nanny and Parenting Institute is another school where students earn certification as a nanny. The curricula at these schools cover areas such as child development, health and safety, emotional and social development, household management, interacting with parents and teachers and other related subjects. Some training is hands-on with children. American nanny schools are state licensed.

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As an alternative to nanny school, an interested individual has the option of taking college courses in childhood development. These courses give good insight into child behavior at different stages of growth. Because there is no requirement for nannies to be licensed, taking individual courses can also serve to strengthen one's level of childcare knowledge. All nanny candidates should be certified in CPR and emergency first aid. Earning a certificate in water safety is also a good idea.

Many parents are concerned about health and nutrition when it comes to feeding children. Prospective nannies can learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks through cooking courses. Some jobs may require a nanny to care for a special-needs child. To gain this type of experience, a person could volunteer with organizations such as Easter Seals.

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