Professional Nanny Training Modules

Professional Nanny Training Modules


Nurturing Nannies is happy to announce an exciting new feature available on our website, Professional Nanny Training Modules. These modules are an excellent way to build your nanny portfolio and demonstrate to your employers your detailed, childcare knowledge.

Nurturing Nannies training modules provide tools and essential information to bring you success in your professional nanny career. At Nurturing Nannies it is our goal to provide you with knowledge and support in becoming a top tier professional in the nanny field.

As childcare professionals with over 30 years of experience, we would like to offer you ongoing education & tutorials. The Nurturing Nanny Training Modules are currently being offered in a PDF format. We will be adding new training modules regularly so be sure to check back often. We offer the option of a nanny training module test with a certificate for your nanny portfolio with every class. These certificates demonstrate to potential families your continuing education as a professional nanny.

We are currently offering four classes as we debut the program.

Nurturing Nanny Learning Module 1:

Early Infant Care Skills Class

The Early Infant skills module provides a comprehensive toolbox that will allow you to provide professional care for infants up to the age of three months. This class covers the complete puzzle of feeding, sleeping, health and development. Includes the building blocks of sleep training, crying checklist and strategies for coping with infant reflux

Nurturing Nannies Learning Module 2:

Developmental Play Program for Babies 6 months – 18 months

This class contains information about how babies brains develop and learn. Important tools and learning strategies nannies and parents can use when doing developmental play with infants. Step-by-step activities you can do with baby using common household items and recyclable materials. Contains information on how to encourage a baby’s language, gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Based on many resources including the book, Brain Rules for Baby by Dr. John Medina

Nurturing Nannies Learning Module 3:

Starting Baby on Solids

Covers every aspect of safely feeding baby solids. When to start, what food is best, preparation, safety, preparing fresh food, recipes, how to integrate milk and food so all calorie needs are met.

Nurturing Nannies Learning Module 4:

Positive Discipline, Smart Brain Childcare Strategies

This class covers a review of parenting/caregiver styles, positive discipline toolbox, teaches positive pressure techniques, natural consequences discipline and smart brain childcare strategies that can be modified according to the child’s age and development.

Any of these modules can be easily purchased on our website through Pay-Pal at this link http://nurturingnannies.net/nanny-training

Background Checks for Nannies, Better Safe Than Sorry

Background Checks for Nannies

Background Checks for Nannies

Did you know that not all background checks for nannies are created equal? There is not a standardized way of doing background checks in the nanny industry. Many companies and internet search sites such as Care.com offer background checks which make you feel a sense of safety in your search for a great nanny. Before you relax in your nanny search ask these important questions.

  • Do you verify nanny’s identity based on her social security number?
  • Do you check every county nanny has lived in for the past seven years based on her social security number?
  • Do you also check the National Criminal Database?
  • Is a motor vehicle report included in this report? Many nannies who pass a standard background check will fail this check due to a DUI, DWI, excessive driving tickets, ticket for texting while driving, or a suspended license.

The cost of the background check for your nanny candidate will give you some indication of the level of screening that is being done. A comprehensive background check for a nanny, that offers everything listed above, cannot be done for under $100 per candidate. If you are on an internet site that is offering a background check for $25-$35, know that this is only checking your local county and will not pull criminal records from any other counties that nanny has lived in recently.

We worked with a family that had young toddler twin girls. They had hired a mature woman from Care.com who has excellent nanny references. After one of the girl had an “accident” which broke a bone in her little arm, the family installed nanny cams. The dad was watching the nanny cam from work one day and saw the nanny slap one of the girls across the face and curse at her. Needless to say it was later found this nanny could not have passed a comprehensive background check. Nurturing Nannies was able to provide this family with a nanny who had a masters degree in teaching and stayed with them until the girls went to school.

Nurturing Nannies offers not only the comprehensive background checks listed above, we also add another layer of protection with an optional 10 panel drug screening. When it comes to the safety of children we believe it is always better to be safe than sorry. By paying a little extra for a high quality, comprehensive background check for nannies, you can have peace of mind for your little ones which in the end is priceless. For more information call Nurturing Nannies at 210-825-4124

Positive Discipline for Young Children

If you care for children under the age of 10 you really need to read, 1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.  It is a wonderful positive discipline strategy that can easily be implemented by anyone. I am currently reading this discipline strategy book at the recommendation of a teacher friend of mine. I must say I am very impressed with the ease at which the whole system can be implemented. Dr. Phelan uses an incredible amount of common sense that I believe will make life with your children so much more enjoyable. The program is broken down into three easy steps that can be implemented by parents, nannies, teachers and grandparents. Step 1: Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Learn an amazingly simple discipline technique to get children to STOP doing what you don’t want them to do such as whining, arguing, tantrums, etc. Step 2: Encouraging Good Behavior: Learn several effective methods to get the children in your care to START doing what you do want them to do such as cleaning their room, going to bed, homework, etc. Step 3: Strengthening Your Relationship: Learn four powerful ways to reinforce positive bonds between yourself and the kids you care for. This method is kind, respectful and does not damage a child’s self esteem. It is what I like to call Parent-Led Parenting. This book is written in a way that will benefit a nanny or parent. I feel it is an invaluable resource to for you to have. I highly recommend! Be sure to check out my upcoming blog post where I will be talking about parenting styles and how they relate to your children’s future ability to make good decisions. As always if you need help finding a professional nanny that will treat your child like family please contact us


Qualities Needed to Become a Professional Nanny

When you are choosing your life’s work it is important to find a career that brings you joy. Every one of us has personality traits and natural gifts that should guide us in choosing a career path. Let’s take a closer look at the qualities that make an exceptional nurturing nanny.

A Genuine Love of Children

This trait cannot be overstated enough. It is the number one most important quality that a nanny must have.  Children are energy sponges. They absorb the energy of those around them and reflect it back.  If you take a job as a nanny because you feel it is beneficial financially, but in reality you are counting the minutes till you are off every day, you will never be truly successful as a nanny.  You may be able to earn a paycheck but the children will know if you are genuinely present with them, if you really care. Their behavior will be a direct reflection of your love for your job as their caretaker.


As a professional nanny many times you will be asked to bring order out of chaos. Families today are literally drowning under the weight of work schedules, child care and home responsibilities.  Children thrive when they have a predictable schedule and an environment that is orderly.  Successful nannies will be able to plan out a daily schedule of activities, meals, nap times and keep a written log for parents to view at the end of each day.

Good Communication

Good communication is crucial to a strong nanny/parent relationship.  As a parent it can be incredibly difficult to trust someone with the care of your child. You can build trust with the parent by keeping a clear line of communication open every day. I tell every family I work with that I understand that these are their children and I honor their wishes in all the daily care of their children. It is just as important to be a good listener as it is to speak.


When you are in someone’s home everyday it is easy to become so comfortable that you forget that you are an employee and not a member of their family.  The family may even encourage this by telling you to help yourself to their food, make yourself at home or acting as if it is no problem if you are late.  A professional nanny treats every family with the utmost respect and professionalism.  While your family will ideally become dear to your heart, you must never forget that they are your employer. They are always evaluating your behavior and determining if you are the best person to care for their child. A professional nanny is clean and neatly dressed, shows up promptly, is reliable, plans out age appropriate activities for the children and always leaves the house picked up and the kitchen clean at the end of the day.

This is a brief introduction to the qualities that will make you successful in your career as a professional nanny.