6 Great Resources for Nannies
Check out these helpful organizations and sites for information on how to be a better nanny.
Julia Quinn-Szcesuil, Contributor
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Do you ever wish for a Mary Poppins-esque magic bag of tricks? Even on the toughest day, your job as a nanny means you are expected to keep both kids and parents happy and your own life running smoothly. And that's not easy.

Here are some places you can turn to for help and a little refresher on everything from nanny training to kid-friendly activities.

  1. Professional Training Opportunities
    Being a nanny is like any other career -- frequent training and education only improves your skills and the quality of care you provide. Care.com provides lots of helpful articles and resources for nannies, but sometimes you need a little human interaction. Look into training opportunities near you. National Nanny Training Day is a national event that takes place around the country. Coordinated by Nanny Biz Reviews, it provides training and socializing opportunities for all in-home caregivers.

    If you can't make the event, check out nanny training courses at local colleges, adult education programs or workers' organizations for workshops, or look for nanny schools accredited by the American Council of Nanny Schools. Nanny organizations like the International Nanny Association (INA) also help nannies with all aspects of career development.

  2. Apps to Keep in Touch
    Keep parents updated with all the great things you're doing with their kids -- without texting them all day long or putting their kids on social media. Care.com has a free app called Karoo that helps nannies keep in touch with parents. You can share videos of the park, a snack time report and even photos of a funny painting session. Parents enjoy the instant communication and the ability to bring relatives and friends into the private network and share Karoo milestones.

    For more fun app ideas, see these 7 Great -- and Free -- Apps for Nannies.

  3. Nanny Play Dates
    Kids have play dates, so why can't nannies? Sometimes the best way to learn new ideas is to meet other nannies and break out of the familiar park and story hour routine. Look for Facebook groups devoted to nannies in your area or online nanny forums (like dcurbanmom.com) that can direct you to local outings or dinners with other nannies. Find nanny get-togethers around the world through Meetup.com. Or start your own. Get the word out with other local nannies and schedule a time to meet once a week or once a month. You can chat about your jobs or just relax with people who know what it's like to chase toddlers for a living.

  4. Life-Saving Skills
    Offering the gold standard of training classes, the American Red Cross helps you keep your lifesaving skills up-to-date. As a nanny, this training is an essential job skill because you never know when you might need to help someone. Sign up every year to refresh your first aid, water safety and CPR (both adult and pediatric) knowledge and techniques. The training gives you and the family you work for peace of mind knowing that you know what to do in an emergency. Good CPR and first aid classes can also be found in local hospitals, colleges, libraries, public safety centers or even through a community education listing.

  5. Career Sites
    Nanny job finding sites like Care.com can help you find the job you want in record time. Post a professional profile, keep your eye on job opportunities and you have a great chance at finding a job that is a perfect match. Browse the site for career advice, child care tips and even potty training strategies. Keep your profile current by updating it frequently and looking for job opportunities.

  6. Activity Ideas
    Was your play date canceled or did it suddenly start to rain? Whatever happened, you and your charges are now stuck in the house with nothing to do. Check out Kaboose, Spoonful or Care.com for some last-minute games, crafts and printables that will keep all of you having fun and doing something new. Introduce never-tried-before indoor and outdoor games that are entertaining and will help everyone pass the time. These sites are a nanny's secret weapon!

Julia Quinn-Szcesuil is an award-winning freelance writer and a mom to two girls. She lives in Massachusetts and writes for local and national publications.

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(13) Comments
Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.
Great tips & advice. And a great bunch of ladies who care and give so much to make a difference .
June 9, 2015 at 4:54 PM
Jill L.
Jill L.
I am in a career transition after a long career as a graphic designer. Even though I am college educated, mature and volunteer as an assistant teacher in a meditation center, families are reluctant to hire me because I do not have references from families. Professional and personal references are plentiful. If you know of any resources where I can receive experience working with children, I would very much appreciate it. Would also consider interning with a nanny in exchange for references.
July 9, 2014 at 4:46 PM
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Hi Nancy! National Nanny Training Day is an event that takes place every April in cities across America! This year, it will be on April 12th. You can find out more information about events near you here: http://nannybizreviews.com/nntd/
March 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Nancy P.
Nancy P.
When and Where is National Nanny Training Day ?
March 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Olivia B.
Olivia B.
Very good article, I myself have been looking to take a couple certification courses for early childhood education and care. Never thought to look for nanny meet-ups though, but sounds like it could be a great experience to connect with other local nannies/babysitters!
June 30, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Maria W.
Maria W.
Thank you,great tips.
February 18, 2013 at 8:47 AM
Janice StClair
Janice StClair
Excellent tips! And thanks for including National Nanny Training Day! We had a great turnout at last year's Boston event, and are excited about the full day we are planning for this year! 12 sessions in 3 tracks, and sessions will include a psychologist presenting on navigating difficult communications with employers, and sessions on other professional development issues ....balanced with sessions dealing with childcare issues, such as an occupational therapist presenting on ways to help children who have sensory sensitivities and autism. Nannies of every experience level can find "learn today, use tomorrow" tips, and new excitement about the job, at NNTD!
February 15, 2013 at 6:15 PM
Sherri G.
Sherri G.
Any kind of training is always a good thing. One thing however because of how the job situation is I think people rally need to be wise with there dollars. I would always encourage people to seek a college degree and work as a part=time nanny. Almost all interviews I have ever gone to in my over 20 years experence the employers have asked if I have gotten college credits. If someone has the money then the trainings for nannies is fun and helpfull but do not miss bill payments and so on and be carefull with your money.
February 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Lora B.
Lora B.
Thanks so much for sharing the information about National Nanny Training Day. We had an amazing event here in Seattle last year and this year's will be even bigger and better. Great training and a great way to meet other local nannies for playgroups, field trips and just to have someone to talk to who gets it!
February 15, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Deborah B.
Deborah B.
Last year, National Nanny Training Day held some absolutely AMAZING events. I'm organizing one in Atlanta, and I encourage everyone to check out the link above to find the closest NNTD to you, and plan to attend. It's low cost learning for nannies and caregivers, plus you can connect with others in your community, make new friends, and have a lot of fun!
February 15, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Josephine J.
Josephine J.
Thank you for bringing awareness to this program. It's awesome.
February 13, 2013 at 7:31 AM
Alene E.
Alene E.
I wonder if a CPR online test taking counts as much a taking the class in sections, I've done the online test taking and passed it but didn't get a chance to purchase the certificate online so it could be mailed to my home before the 60 day expiration happen?
February 3, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Debra K.
Debra K.
Great tips!
February 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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