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Is it important to have a certification to be a caregiver?

Josh in New York, NY
Nov. 26, 2018

Do I need any special certification to be a caregiver? If yes, which one(s) should I get/do?

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Kylie in Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 14, 2019

No, you do not need a special certification.

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The one that I think is mandatory is CPR Training or certification! Others that make you more marketable is second language training. Also, basic meal prep training is a marketable skill, especially if you know how to alter your recipes for those with allergies.

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having extra qualifications only enhances your chances of connecting with families on a better level. Yes it is beneficial to have other certfication's that is related to childcare.

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I would definitely suggest being CPR certified!

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Nita in Palatine, IL
Oct. 13, 2019

experience is more important

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CPR and first aid are most important. Parents need peace of mine when you're alone with their kids.

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I don't think there's any specific "caregiver certification" that you need to work as a nanny. However, I do believe it is important for child caregivers to be certified in CPR and First Aid. You never know what you're going to come across in terms of injuries while working with children, so I believe it is best to be safe and know what you're doing in case of an emergency. If you google Red Cross CPR & First Aid courses, you should be able to find trainings that will give you these certifications. The trainings are not cheap, but I think it's worth the investment.

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Kayla in Cordova, TN
Oct. 8, 2019

I would say the most important certification is CPR/AED certified.

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Averi in Raleigh, NC
Oct. 7, 2019

Most Parents want you to be CPR certified, have a clean driving record.. Some want proof ofall of these thins, some tae your word for it. But I recommend at least CPR certification.

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Your local Red Cross usually offers the best certified quick (and free) trainings, first aid and cpr.

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i have 6 month caregiver training certificate..

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CPR/First Aid are extremely important, because you are responsible for human life. Additional certifications such as Lifeguard or some water safety, as well as child development, nutrition, infant care, or others are all ways to improve yourself as a caregiver and bring a higher quality of work to your families. If you are just starting out new, and working with a family, see what trainings they would be willing to provide you for the benefit of their children.

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Rachel in Shawano, WI
Sept. 30, 2019

There are many parents that don't require any type of certification to be a caregiver. Experience in childcare is enough to satisfy some parents. However, having current CPR certification, first aid training, and/or a degree in early childhood education is a HUGE plus. CPR especially is invaluable to have in childcare.

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It is not required but definitely a good idea. the CDA for early childhood education is a great certification. There is also a technical certification you can get from college course work at Ivy Tech. Hope this helps.

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User in McKinney, TX
Sept. 28, 2019

Always have CPR training.That is the most important thing and a great way to show your possible job that you are responsible.You want the child to be safe .That is the most important thing .

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I think the answer is yes. I feel that if you are watching any child, no matter the age, you should at least be CPR certified.

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Y'lana in New York, NY
Sept. 19, 2019

yes it is because u need a cerification to be a caregiver because u want to work right.

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Rachel in Mesa, AZ
Sept. 17, 2019

no. There are no certifications. CPR is the one to have.

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Maria in Berkeley, CA
Sept. 17, 2019

I think to have a certification to be a caregiver is great - it is very important!

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Definitely take your AED and CPR Certification class.

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Genna in Boca Raton, FL
Sept. 12, 2019

I think it is very important to be CPR and First Aid certified!

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Paola in Brookline, MA
Sept. 10, 2019

Not unless you're going to be a CNA and caring for the elderly. Otherwise, just focus on becoming CPR/First Aid certified. You can take early childhood development classes and get a degree (AA or BA) in that since many families like to see that. RN's are in demand for nanny families too.

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Tiffany in Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 10, 2019

I do think it's important to at least be CPR/AED certified. If I were a mother and depended on a stranger to take care of my child, I would want him or her to have some life saving skills.

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As far as I know as long as you have experience and maybe sometimes they ask for a referral from previous parents you have worked for. Parents also sometimes ask for CPR that's one that I have seen quite a lot.

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I think families would feel somewhat at ease if the caregiver was car/first aid certified, they could have a pool in the home and you would most likely to be picked

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Emily in Denver, CO
Sept. 4, 2019

I think all caregivers should be CPR/ first aid certified. If you want to enhance your resume with more certifications you could get a NCS (Newborn Care Specialist), a Child Care professional or CNA (Certified nursing Assistant) certifications.

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Marge in Raleigh, NC
Sept. 3, 2019

I have a certificate from people I have cared for their children for over 30 years and before that I brought up to boys and babysat for two grandchildren.

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A CPR/First Aid certification is the most important one that most parents require/prefer

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Hi! I am interested in being your nanny/babysitter! In my experience with social work I realized that children are a great responsibility that I'm willing to take on. I've spent hundreds of hours paying careful attention to them and caring for them. I think that there are ways to make the best out of any situation, even despite the unfavorable conditions some children may have been born into. By accepting and then adding to their experiences with love and values as I have done in the foundation of Ciudad Bolivar, I believe any child can have a bright future. I also believe that through listening and serving them that they manage to acquire invaluable knowledge and life experiences that they might not otherwise have had, as is the case of the care that I have provided for my neighbor. Resume Work * Community Psychology August 01, to November 21, 2016, Bogota Colombia * Educational Psychology February to May, 2017. Bogota Colombia * Clinical Psychology August 01, to November 17 2017, Bogota Colombia * Program Au Pair In America from July 23, 2018 to March 23, 2019, USA

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Not absolutely necessary

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Only if the family has a special needs child, then the pay is not lower than $18 per hour.

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Kaylee in Memphis, TN
Aug. 23, 2019

CPR and First Aid. Red cross does certification for as low as $40 last time I checked.

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Not necessarily. It is always helpful to be CRP certified and first aid trained. Best of Luck!!

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User in Clermont, FL
Aug. 20, 2019

A lot of families really appreciate it if you have a CPR and/or First Aid certification. There are no mandatory certifications for being a caregiver, but having a background in childcare is useful. It varies from family to family and what they are comfortable with.

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Yes, you need Home Health Aide certificate.

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Meghan in Lebanon, PA
Aug. 15, 2019

Cpr and first aid certification are really good to have as a caregiver and other child development courses and you 2500 hours working with children I believe is something that is good to have as well.

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It is not mandatory, but highly suggested! I would start by taking CPR and First Aid.

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Hi! Yes, I think is important because we are working with little ones. Been FIRST AID, CPR certified can save their life. We need be ready to take action.

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Tiffany in Naples, FL
Aug. 13, 2019

Yes, an important one is to be CPR certified.

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Amy in Zuni, VA
Aug. 6, 2019

If you notice in many posts, parents may feel more comfortable if you are CPR and/or First Aid certified. Other than that, no official certifications, other than maybe past experience raising your own children and a love for children. Good luck Amy Carr

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CPR Training is very important!

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I suggest you get your First Aid, AED, and CPR training. I go through the American Red Cross. It has been very helpful for me!

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Hello! In my experience, most families love to see someone who is certified in CPR and First Aid. Those are the go-to options if you are considering getting certified. It is not a requirement for all families but for the majority I would say. It wouldn't hurt to have them just in case either. Hope this helps!

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CPR/FA is the basics, you can get your CDC but you don't need it unless you have a specific kind of case.

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No, you don't NEED any certifications to be a caregiver. Your most valuable assets will be experience, reliable transportation, and if you're going to get a certification, get CPR certified to help ensure the safety of the kiddos you'll look after.

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Actually, it is very important to have a certification to be a caregiver.. such as nursing homes and assisted living communities, require caregiver certification as a condition for employment..taking a caregiver training class will be great...you will learn a variety of subject matter, including housekeeping, home safety, personal hygiene and medical care.

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I would think CPR/First Aid is the biggest certifications :)

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Maria in Encino, CA
July 19, 2019

Yes I have one and it is important.

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While not mandatory, I think it's really helpful to have a pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid certification. Not only does it give reassurance to the families I work for, but it also gave me confidence because I'll know how to act in case of an emergency. You never know what can happen, from a fall at the playground to an allergic reaction, etc.

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CPR and First aid

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I think CPR is the most important.

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It is not required. However, most families prefer that you have some sort of certifications, like CPR and First Aid or BLS (Basic Life Support). Those are good ones to start with.

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I do not know what you need officially or legally, but there must be some training classes you can take. First Aid and CPR certification would be good to have.

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Definitely CPR and first aid! I've never gotten anything more than that and I've been a caregiver for years.

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Yes, If it's important to have Certifications like : First Aid CPR infant and children, First Aid Training.

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Linda in Roswell, GA
July 10, 2019

I have a DECAL letter to work with children.

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Ana in Houston, TX
July 9, 2019

Although certifications aren't necessarily needed it is a big bonus for having CPR certification and first-aid knowledge. Knowing that their children are under your care and will be safe if something were to happen to them. Having these under your belt will not only be good for the families but also for yourself.

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CPR/first aid

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I definitely recommend being CPR certified! Not necessarily a must, but I do believe it helps.

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Is very important if you want to be a caregiver for children, have a CPR certificate and First Aid for Children.

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It depends on what kind of experience you have and what the job is. Certain positions will require previous experience if not certification.

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no you should not

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Katherine in Kent, WA
June 27, 2019

Yes, depending on your state. I took a basic "fundamentals of caregiving" course that was like 55 hours in one week. That certificate has gotten my foot in the door on many jobs. I do continuing education yearly to keep it up. It's more common sense stuff, but the certificate carries value as a nanny too.

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There are no specific certifications; however, being CPR certified is generally a good certification to have. Red cross also offers babysitter courses, although they are typically geared towards a younger population. If you're looking to be a full-time caregiver for young chilren- an early childhood development education background would be helpful. If you're proving care for the elderly, Red cross also offers a Family caregiving program. Hope this helps!

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I believe as human beings we should always improve ourselves, we are mentors. It is important to have knowledge according the kids needs, special our days, we deal with some many dysfunctional families.

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A positive and loving attitude is always the best with children. Academics you can build upon within Care.Com

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Michiko in Lowell, MA
June 26, 2019

In my opinion, if you're going to care for someone else's child, you should at least be First Aid and CPR certified. Put yourself in the parent's shoes. Wouldn't you feel better if your babysitter knew what to do in emergencies? :)

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I would advise getting CPR certified and also First Aid Certified. Most families on Care.com ask that their children's caregivers have both of those certifications. If you are looking for a good degree for childcare, Child Psychology and Child Development are great. Other than that, just try to gain as much experience as possible, since experience is the best teacher.

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CPR + first aid is a great one to have and the standard when it comes to child care.

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It honestly depends on what you personally believe, but for myself I do not think a certification is needed. A personal visit with the child is most definitely something that should be required, because I would not want to just show up randomly and start working right away without knowing the family. So, from that it depends on previous experiences and if you think that certifications will make you feel better about who's hands you leave your child in, then yes, but I do no think it should be a requirement for everyone.

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Lena in Plano, TX
June 23, 2019

yes, its good to know care givers are knowledgeable and stay certified

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Pamela in Seattle, WA
June 22, 2019

Experience is the key and certifications add to a well rounded resume. Your references and reviews will speak as certifications are paper but the voice of pleased and happy clients bring better employment.

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First save your money, get Trustline, Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, Go to DMV and get a clearance and go to Police and get a clearance. Photocopy your state I.D, (front and back on one side). Make a resume you can be proud of. Get two to three letters of recommendation and then make 20-30 copies each. Give these packets to potential employers. Now you're a vetted nanny, cograts and happy sitting!

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Talitha in Gretna, LA
June 20, 2019

I would definitely get a Red Cross/CPR certification just in case!

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I don't think you need certifications, however you may get more job offers if you do.

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User in Benson, NC
June 17, 2019

I always get CPR trainings and be up to date on shouts injections check with the family

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Anna in Rockwood, PA
June 17, 2019

You do not need any special certification in order to be a caregiver, except having a few years of experience definitely helps raise your profile rate. It is also not unusual for the parents to want their child carer to be CPR/First Aid certified, but it is usually not required, but that may be a good idea as well. Also, if you sign up to get the background check and Drivers License check on Care.com, that also shows your employer that you are serious about safety, but it is not required.

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Nanny boot camp.

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Most places require cpr training and first aid training but thats because the safety of their kids comes first!

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to me no you don't but people thing differently

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The most common required certification I see is CPR certification. If you plan to get certified in any one area, I highly recommend CPR training.

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Lydia in Odessa, FL
June 10, 2019

it is important to have cpr,first aid training. it lets the family,caregiver know that safety is also important to you the one watching their children

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Kaseby in Mason, MI
June 10, 2019

CPR a lot of people would prefer you to be.

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Abraham in Hemet, CA
June 9, 2019

No. I mean you could get one from a foster care facility, or even from a retirement one... but from my personal experience they never ask for a certificate.

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I believe first aid and cpr certifications are mandatory when working with kidos, especially if they are under 10. Parents like to see you are capable of doing your job and that means being trained to handle any situation.

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Emma in Houston, TX
June 7, 2019

No, not necessarily. But, I do believe it is important to a lot of families and people that you have a CPR certification when working with children!!

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It is preferred by most yes, however it is not required.

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I believe you should be CPR and first aid certified to be able to care for children in case of any type of emergency situation!

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To some families, they may feel more comfortable with you watching their children if you have specific certifications, for example, first aid or CPR. To me, I feel it is best to offer that you get certified if the fit is right on both parties.

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Kayla in Salem, OR
June 3, 2019

Its not needed but could help you get jobs. Id say CPR and First aid certified are very important to most parents.

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Definitely get CPR certified and make sure to focus on kids/babies.

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Monica in Austin, TX
June 1, 2019

You don't absolutely have to but it's strongly encouraged and it opens up job opportunities. I recommend going to the INA (International Nanny Association) website nanny.org and looking up the certifications there. They have one one for nannies and they also have one for newborn care specialist.

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CPR and first aid is definitely recommended and parents appreciate the certification but it is not required.

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no but CPR is a great certification

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First Aid and CPR is important because you want to make sure you could help the client in need of trouble. Having a CNA is nice because you have knowledge.

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Great, Thanks.

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None that you specifically need but i do recommend getting certified in CPR and first aid through red cross. They offer adult and child cpr which if you are working wiht infants and toddler you'll need to take that course (its called Pediatric CPR. I also recommend getting some classes from DCF as they help better prepare you for things like working in daycare and caring for children in an at home setting.

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Minimum required is first aid and cpr

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Typically CPR/ First Aid!

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I think the most important Is that you have enough patient and discipline and also that you love the children

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MOST IMPORTANT IS BLS (BASIC LIFE SUPPORT) AND CPR CERTIFIED. NOT AN ONLINE CLASS. I am a RN with a masters degree and DO NOT recommend online. Local social services and health departments offer childcare classes and HIGHLY recommend for child safety.

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Tatiana in Ocala, FL
May 21, 2019

It's not absolutely necessary but having certifications allows families to trust their child in your care. The best certifications to get, in my opinion, are CPR certifications and First Aid training certifications. This shows the families they can trust you should their child find themselves in any danger while eating or even just playing outside.

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I think it is important to be a certified caregiver because it gives a lot more trust to the parents.

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CPR/First aid certified!

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Emily in Norwalk, CA
May 20, 2019

Yes! CPR is the best cert to have when becoming a caregiver. I've had an experience where a child I was looking after took too large a piece of bread and began choking. Instead of freaking out (Which would've stressed him out more as well) I was able to handle the situation calmly and we went about our day. Kids are always trying to put things in their mouth so this is very important.

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Lainey in Peoria, AZ
May 19, 2019

I think it is important. But it is not a need. Some parents require it ans some don't, so you will have more options if you have a certification. The most required certification is probably CPR and or First Aid.

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Yes, it is very important to have a certification because some first Aid may be required in times of emergencies and I have to know what to do before further help comes in.

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It is always good to have certificates in sitting and First Aid as well as CPR. Experience always helps in lieu of the above.

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Every family is different, some may not care if you have any kind of certification, but others may only consider those with certain ones. The most common certifications ive seen families want a caregiver to have is CPR and First Aid certification. It is easy to find a CPR certification class nearby, they are usually done at your local fire department or community college and anyone can sign up but it does usually cost around $50. Most of the time you can get both your CPR and First Aid certifications in one class but you may have to sign up for two separate classes.

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CPR/First Aid/AED training is the most important thing you can have as a caregiver.

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Yes. First Aid and CPR

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I would suggest becoming CPR and First aid certified.

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Certifications always help. The easier ones to get are CPR/First Aid and babysitter certification, both through the American Redcross. Another one, which is pricier and more time consuming, is a CDA or Child Development Associates. This one can take up to a year to complete.

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You don't need any but most parents want you to be CPR certified at least. First aid is a good thing to have as well.

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CPR is very very important! Children put all kinds of things in their mouths with than food. A freak accident can happen in seconds, CPR will help eliminate a possible tragedy. Unexpected things could happen to anyone!

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Julia in Wayland, MA
May 13, 2019

I have recently received a certification for babysitting by the Red Cross, this also includes first aid certification and possibly CPR. I would say that it is important, but not necessary. If you study the subject you are likely to find the same information online. With that said, I would still recommend a class, especially with younger children.

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The most common (and helpful) certification to get would be CPR/First-Aid certifications. You can often take one class that covers both. Make sure you take a class that covers infants, children, and adults. The Red Cross is probably the most popular association that offers these trainings, but there are many other reputable organizations that have classes as well. Usually, certifications last 2 years and aren't outrageously expensive, and the material is actually useful, so I would say bite the bullet and go for it!

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I think that's a question and decision that every family must ultimately decide on their own in order to suit their specific needs. If you have young children who are completing activities that might call for a CPR certified caregiver then that would be a valuable certification to seek out. There is no right answer to this but it is good to keep in mind that it's better to be safe than sorry.

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Background checks are always appreciated by families, but they can order one on you. It is always impressive when you are CPR/FirstAid certified. You can also get a safe food handlers certificate for only $10-$20 depending on where you are.

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Yes, it is imperative to have a degree in Early childhood Education. To recognize that all children are different and children all develop on their on timing. Care givers, Nannies, babysitters and mom helpers should all care enough to have empathy toward every child and recognize that every day is different and every moment is a learning opportunity.

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You do not need to have any certifications. However, many parents like caregivers who have their First Aid/CPR certifications. Having a degree in something related to children is a plus too. You can always tell them that you are willing to get certified in First Aid/CPR and then if you get a job, go and get the certification. There are classes all the time. Just go on redcross.org to find a class near you.

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I don't think so! I think experience is one of the greatest teachers when it comes to children. If you were to get one, I think becoming CPR certified would be a great choice!

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No you don't.

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Highly recommend being First Aid and CPR certified.

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It does not necessarily require a certificate, depending on the employer's home. If so, you should go to the government-run training class to study and collect evidence.

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for me no need, because the most important is how nanny love the children how she treat of the children how she take care of them. if the nanny love is there is most powerful than the certification.

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Yes! CPR/AED/ First-Aid training is a course that is a MUST for childcare.

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User in Reseda, CA
May 4, 2019

Some good certifications would be to have First Aid/CPR training. The most important thing ultimately is having experience with children around the same age for the child you would be taking care of.

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