I was recently informed that anyone can be a Professional Nanny by simply stating that they are one. The argument from this person was that there are no government regulations, certifications, or criteria for the nanny industry.
According to the dictionary a professional is someone
Beyond that, the International Nanny Association (INA) has a list of recommended practices that you can find here.
From talking to other nannies and my own experience in the nanny industry there is some criteria that those who call themselves professional nannies usually meet. They are as follows:
- CPR and First Aid Certified
- Basic Childcare Training
- Continual Industry training
- Pass a Background Check
- Plan / Implement Schedules
- Member of At Least One Nanny Group
Despite the fact the the nanny industry is not regulated in the US, it takes more than just calling yourself a professional nanny in order for you to be one. Most professional nannies will exceed the list above. We may not be regulated, but that doesn’t make us any less of a professional industry than any other industry in the US.