A nanny is a person who provides child care. Typically, this care is given within the children’s family setting.Throughout history, nannies were usually servants in large households and reported directly to the lady of the house. Today, modern nannies, like other domestic workers, may live in or out of the house, depending on their circumstances and those of their employers. There are many employment agencies that specialize in childcare. Nannies in many areas are a sought after member of the workforce. Many nannies become a part of their family’s household. Although previously looked at as a lesser-than job, today’s demand has made it a popular and valued addition to the lives of the family’s household.
Types of Nanny
A “live-in” nanny is much less common than it once was. Being a live-in nanny may be ideal for a woman or man looking to move interstate or abroad for either a short period of time or to set themselves up financially. Typically, a live-in nanny is responsible for the entire care of the children of their employers. This includes anything from washing the children’s clothes, tidying the children’s rooms, supervising homework, preparing children’s meals, taking children to and from school, and taking children to after-school sport and/or activities. The job may include seprate apartment (sometimes called a “nanny flat”) or room, and possibly a car. While a live-in nanny was commonly available 24 hours a day in the past, this is much less common now and often these nannies work 10-12 hours on and the remainder of the day off. Essentially, these nannies are working while the children are awake and the parents are at work. A live-in nanny is nowadays more common among wealthier families, because live-in nannies often have all their living expenses paid and provided by the employer.
Some families use what is known as a ‘nanny share’, where two or more families pay for the same nanny to care for the children in each family on a part-time basis.
A more recent addition to the role of a nanny is that of a night nanny. The night nanny usually works with a family anywhere from one night to seven nights, per week. A night nanny generally works with children from newborn to five years of age. A night nanny can provide a teaching role, helping parents to establish good sleeping patterns or troubleshooting the sleeping patterns of a child. Roles and qualifications vary between countries. The night nanny works together with the family’s requirements and philosophies. The qualifications of a night nanny are usually in mothercraft nursing (see sleep guidance specialist or early childhood development). Pay rates vary from country to country but are usually well paid in comparison to the general nanny, as the night nanny is seen as a specialist or expert in their field.
Maternity Nurse / Newborn Care Specialists / Confinement Nanny
Historically, European women were confined to their beds or their homes for extended periods of time after giving birth. Care was provided either by her female relatives (mother or mother-in-law) or by a temporary attendant known as a monthly nurse. These weeks were called confinement or lying-in, and ended with the re-introduction of the mother to the community in the Christian ceremony of the churching of women. A modern version of this rest period has evolved with intentions to give maximum support to the new mother, especially if she is recovering from a difficult labor and delivery.
In the US these specialty maternity nannies are known as Newborn Care Specialists (disassociating this specialty from medically qualified nursing). They are highly experienced in all aspects of newborns, aside from medical issues. They may work 24 hours a day, seven days per week, but most commonly work five nights/days a week for the first three months of a newborn’s life. The role can consist of assisting parents with feeding guidance, nursery set up, premature infant, multiples, colic, reflux, and sleep guidance/training. There are various training organizations that offer non-accredited certifications, however, in an unregulated field parents should ensure that the qualifications of their maternity nanny are legitimate and accredited. The Newborn Care Specialist Association is one of many self-appointed certification entities. Some doulas specialize in postpartum care for mother and baby. Another related job is Perinatal assistant.
Course Outline: What You Will Cover
Would you like to know how to become a nanny? Take our Professional Nanny course as stepping stone rewarding work in the home-based childcare industry. Students will complete the following units:
|1||Identify and respond to children and young people at risk|
|What is child abuse?Protecting the child||Report indications of the possible risk of harmApply ethical and nurturing practices in working with children|
|2||Ensure the health and safety of children|
|Maintain a clean and hygienic environmentRecognise and respond to signs of potential illnessProvide a safe environmentSupervise the safety of children||Travel with children safelyAdminister medication within guidelinesManage and respond to allergy / anaphylaxis|
|3||Provide care for children|
|Provide physical careCreate opportunities for children to develop their understanding of physical needs||Establish an environment that encourages children to complete tasks themselvesRespond to the emotional needs of children|
|5||Contribute to provision of nutritionally balanced food|
|Childhood nutritionEncouraging healthy eating||Planning nutritious menusSafe food handling|
|6||Support the development of children|
|Support the physical development of childrenSupport the social development of children||Support the emotional and psychological development of children of the same ageSupport the language, creative & cognitive development of children|
|7||Interact effectively with children|
|Communicate positively with children on an ongoing basisPromote positive behaviour||Collaborate with children about their interestsSupport children in learning about the decision-making process|
|8||Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning|
|Children’s play and leisureDevelopmentally appropriate play activities||Facilitate children’s play and leisure|
|9||Develop an understanding of children’s interests and developmental needs|
|Gather information about the child through observationGather information about the child from secondary sources||Record observation of interests and needs appropriatelyUse observations and information gathered to understand the child and contribute to program planning|
|10||First aid and OHS processes|
How Will You Benefit?
- Fast track your career as a professional nanny
- Quickly develop skills in months not years!
- Study a nanny course that was designed in conjunction with senior professionals in the childcare industry
- Free up valuable time, don’t waste time and money travelling to classes
- Study at your own pace whenever and wherever you are
- Have access to a tutor who will provide prompt and encouraging support
- Easy interest-free payment plans from as low as $39 per week
Start reaping the benefits by enrolling today!
Employment in this very large occupation rose strongly in the past five years and is forecast to grow strongly in the long-term.
Nannies care for children as employees or contractors in private households. Employment can be sought in almost any location nationwide. International work opportunities for professional nannies exist in such countries as the UK, USA and France.
Nannies will typically carry out the following tasks:
- care for babies or young children by feeding, washing and dressing them and by supervising their play and learning activities
- plan creative play and learning activities and organise meal and sleep times
- develop and/or maintain appropriate routines
- safeguard children against potential dangers and hazards (swimming pools, kitchen utensils, poisons and stairs)
- take children to school, kindergarten and other activities
- plan and prepare nutritious snacks and meals for children
- arrange and supervise outings
Good personal attributes to have if want to work in this profession include:
- an interest in children
- patience, maturity and a willingness to accept responsibility
- organisation skills
- ability to work unsupervised
- communication skills.
Do you enjoy working with children? Do you like playing games and making up fun activities? Then this is a profession you will excel at.
Course Levels Explained
Qualifications recognise the graduates capacity for initiative and judgment across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organising others in the workplace.
There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into any course level. Students may enroll directly in the diploma or advanced diploma levels without completing lower ranked qualifications. Graduates can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.
The average time within which students complete studies is:
|DIPLOMA LEVEL||24 WEEKS|
ICI courses allow you to study at your own pace with no assignment deadlines. This means that you determine the pace of the course and within which time period you will ultimately complete your studies in.
- Completing your course with ICI is flexible as you can fast-track and graduate in a matter of months. You complete activities and submit assignments whenever you are ready.
- The maximum time given to complete a program is three years.
Study Mode: Online Learning
This entire course is carried out via Distance Learning (also known as correspondence learning). Distance learning is ideal if you need to adapt around work, family, or other commitments. It is also extremely beneficial should you simply wish to fast track your studies (and career) and not be locked into a timetable.
Our course content and learning experience ensure that your course is relevant and interesting. Learning, tutorial assistance and assessments take place whenever and wherever you are in the country or world. It takes place at your own pace on your own terms to fit your lifestyle. As an ICI student, you’ll never endure a pop quiz, spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars travelling, and never be late with an assignment or for class.
Recognition & Accreditation
|This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC). The courses offered by ICI are unique as they take a very “hands on” approach. Our courses are not designed to teach you just the “theory” behind the industry – they are written and tutored by industry professionals and will fast-track you into a new career of your choice.|
|International Career Institute is an educational member of the International Nanny Association (INA). In 1985 nanny agency owners, nannies and nanny educators from Australia, New Zealand, United States, England, Canada, and New Zealand gathered at Scripps College in Claremont, California, for the first INA conference. Since 1985 INA has become the global industry body for Nannies all around the world.|
Various government departments and businesses have enrolled their own staff with ICI for further training and development and are a strong indicator of acceptance and recognition by employers and industry.
Nanny Industry Membership
The following is a partial list of companies and government departments which have enrolled or sponsored staff into ICI courses:
- Ministry of Defence
- Sports Centre, University of Kent
- Department of Tourism, Regional Development & Industry
- The Placement People
- Skill Hire
- Metcash Trading Ltd
- Navman Technologies
- The European Fund
- Employment Directions Network
- The Salvation Army
- Calvin Klein
- John Paul College
- Legal Aid Commission
- Melton Council
- Mitsubishi Corporation
- Commonwealth Bank
- American Express
- Clayton UTZ
- Hennikers Solicitors
- Villari Lawyers
- Prisoners Education Trust (HM Prison Service)
- Uniting Care Institute of Family Practice
- Workplace Authority
- Centacare Employment Group
- Employment Directions
- MAX Employment
- Gunnebo (Security)
- Brookfield Multiplex
- Coles Myer Ltd
Already in the Profession or Industry?
This course and qualification is a great way of consolidating existing knowledge via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), updating your industry skills and contributing towards your professional development. It is also one of the most practical steps you can take towards working towards gaining a promotion or better-paid position.
Course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.
What Do I Get?
All materials essential for course completion are included in the cost of the course fee. Upon enrollment, students receive:
- All required study materials and course notes
- Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
- A tutor who will service all of your course and career questions and guidance needs.
On successful completion of the course you will receive:
- A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications
- Transcripts indicating units completed
- Letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers.