Schools and Classes for Aspiring Nannies: How to Choose

Prospective nannies learn about planning and preparing meals, dressing a child, doing laundry and developing and engaging in games and educational activities with children. Classes and programs for aspiring nannies and childcare workers are available at 2- and 4-year schools throughout the country.

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While nannies do not typically need college degrees to find employment, many families require potential nannies to hold CPR or first aid certification prior to starting work. Others wish to hire nannies with extensive professional experience or education.

10 Education Schools

These schools offer undergraduate and graduate education programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $50,510
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $42,874
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $46,320
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Masters, Doctoral $44,712 (undergraduate), $44,050 (graduate)
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,415 (undergraduate), $11,870 (graduate)
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $11,839 (undergraduate), $16,278 (graduate)
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,047 (undergraduate), $49,064 (graduate)
Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $35,752
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private for-profit Master's, Doctoral $34,268
University of Texas - Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,806 (undergraduate), $10,934 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when choosing programs for becoming a nanny:

  • Look for schools offering childcare degrees, which will help with employment opportunities.
  • Aspiring nannies may wish to take one or two classes in specific aspects of childcare that they would like to know more about.
  • Nannies must open their home for inspection, submit to a criminal background check and either pass an exam or attend a class on the laws of working as a home childcare provider.
  • Potential students can choose from different schools' childhood development or early childhood education departments to find the right balance of subjects for them through online options.

Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education Overview

Community colleges and university extension programs frequently offer both in-person and online classes in different aspects of childcare that are not associated with a degree or certificate program. Those interested in working at schools or commercial childcare facilities may want to consider an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education degree.

Childcare classes are designed for nannies and elementary school teachers, as well as parents who seek to gain a solid foundation in the theory and practice of caring for children. As a result, these classes range in scope from developing positive relationships with families to the cause and effects of infant illnesses and head traumas.

Some nannies work at their own homes, taking care of several children at once. In order to do this legally, aspiring nannies need to obtain a home childcare license in most states. Childcare classes are interdisciplinary in nature, including such fields as education, psychology, English, health and social science.

These 2-year degree programs offer classes topics related to the education and development of young children. A series of general education classes is also required to earn this degree. Students can often transfer credits to a 4-year bachelor's degree program. Prerequisites usually include an application and a high school diploma or GED.

When choosing a school, aspiring nannies should look for childcare programs and may take classes in specific areas of childcare. They must also consider the legal requirements to become a nanny.

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