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Become A Nanny

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Working As A Nanny

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • $22,589

    Average Salary

What Does A Nanny Do

The main role of a Nanny is to provide a safe, caring, and stimulating environment in which the children thrive and develop well. They are responsible for undertaking most of the tasks related to the children’s care.

How To Become A Nanny

Education and training requirements vary by setting, state, and employer. They range from no formal education to a certification in early childhood education.


Childcare workers must meet education and training requirements, which vary by state. Some states require these workers to have a high school diploma, but many states do not have any education requirements for entry-level positions. However, workers with postsecondary education or an early childhood education credential may be qualified for higher level positions.

Employers often prefer to hire workers with at least a high school diploma and, in some cases, some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Workers in Head Start programs must at least be enrolled in a program in which they will earn a postsecondary degree in early childhood education or a child development credential.

States do not regulate educational requirements for nannies. However, some employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some formal instruction in childhood education or a related field, particularly when they will be hired as full-time nannies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many states require childcare centers, including those in private homes, to be licensed. To qualify for licensure, staff must pass a background check, have a complete record of immunizations, and meet a minimum training requirement. Some states require staff to have certifications in CPR and first aid.

Some states and employers require childcare workers to have a nationally recognized credential. Most often, states require the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, and a period during which the applicant is observed while working with children. The CDA credential is valid for 3 years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP are that the candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every 2 years through the CCP maintenance process.

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) offers a nationally recognized accreditation for family childcare providers. This accreditation requires training and experience in the field, as well as a period during which the applicant is observed while working with children.


Many states and employers require providers to complete some training before beginning work. Also, many states require staff in childcare centers to complete a minimum number of hours of training annually. Training may include information about basic care of babies, such as how to warm a bottle, and customer-service skills.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Childcare workers must be able to talk with parents and colleagues about the progress of the children in their care. They need good speaking skills to provide this information effectively and good listening skills to understand parents’ instructions.

Decisionmaking skills. Good judgment is necessary for childcare workers so they can respond to emergencies or difficult situations.

Instructional skills. Childcare workers need to be able to explain things in terms young children can understand.

Interpersonal skills. Childcare workers need to work well with people to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, so childcare workers need to be able to respond to overwhelming and difficult situations calmly.

Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so childcare workers should have a lot of energy.

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Nanny Demographics


  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Chinese

  • Greek

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • Hebrew

  • Thai

  • Tagalog

  • Hmong

  • Hindi

  • Korean

  • Dakota

  • Romanian

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Real Nanny Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nanny Osiris Inc. West Hollywood, CA Apr 18, 2016 $79,992
Nanny Debra Michelle Milgram MA Jan 28, 2016 $56,349
Nanny/Domestic Helper Maud Brown Scarsdale, NY Apr 20, 2015 $48,968
Nanny Doug & Shannon Arseneau Chicago, IL Mar 09, 2015 $43,576
Nanny Timor N Nasseri Waldwick, NJ Jan 10, 2015 $37,000
Nanny (Live Natalie Wilkison Washington, DC Dec 01, 2016 $33,800
Nanny Kristina O'Neill Chevy Chase, MD Oct 28, 2015 $31,200
Nanny Jodie Steen New York, NY Jun 29, 2016 $31,200
Nanny Amy Mehmetoglu Reston, VA Sep 26, 2016 $31,200
Nanny Molly Talla San Juan Capistrano, CA Jul 22, 2016 $30,950
Nanny Molly Talla San Juan Capistrano, CA Jun 04, 2016 $30,950
Nanny Marc Daniel Lewandowski Rockville, MD May 07, 2016 $30,555
Nanny Katherine Fleiss Chevy Chase, MD Mar 11, 2016 $30,555
Nanny Ryan Hass Arlington, VA Sep 17, 2015 $30,000
Nanny Brian McBride Arlington Heights, IL Jun 01, 2016 $25,813
Nanny Malgorzata Cyran Norridge, IL Nov 12, 2015 $25,813
Nanny Kelley S. Yager Gaithersburg, MD Mar 23, 2016 $25,709
Nanny Mickey Montal Suffern, NY Jun 19, 2015 $25,688
Nanny Jonathan Sandelman New York, NY Jun 17, 2015 $25,688
Nanny Harry Cunningham New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $25,688
Nanny Mitra Adams Suffern, NY Jul 06, 2016 $25,563
Nanny (Live Sharon Krause Greenwich, CT May 08, 2016 $25,501 -
Nanny Dave Giordano Kenosha, WI Feb 15, 2016 $22,999
Nanny Kristina Hedbacker New York, NY May 31, 2016 $22,963
Nanny Richard M. Lee Jr. Raleigh, NC Aug 16, 2016 $22,957 -
Nanny Kiranjeet Gill FL Apr 24, 2015 $22,957
Nanny Kiranjeet Gill FL May 24, 2015 $22,957
Nanny Steven Metro Bernardsville, NJ Jul 28, 2015 $22,797
Nanny William Trevor Uhl Fairfield, CT Sep 24, 2015 $22,693
Nanny Ana I Paez Miami, FL May 18, 2016 $22,610

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Top Skills for A Nanny


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Top Nanny Skills

  1. Homework Assistance
  2. Laundry
  3. Household Chores
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Contributed to their educational development through homework assistance.
  • Light housework, including vacuuming, dishes, picking up after the young child and some laundry.
  • Performed other household chores for the family, including cooking and cleaning.
  • Manage household duties such as errands, laundry, grocery shopping, and meal prep.
  • Communicated openly with children's parents about daily activities and behaviors.

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