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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 “following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain.” It defines a nanny as someone who is “a person, usually with special training, employed to care for children in a household.” From that we can conclude that a professional nanny is someone who that cares for children in their own home as a means of gain.  By that alone, you cannot just call yourself a professional nanny and it be true.

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.



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