Nanny Sheri Lopez is the 2014 INA Nanny of the Year and is often asked how she started. Enclosed is her top 10 learning list for becoming and (growing) as a nanny based on her 30+ years of experience.
After my high school graduation in 1982, I was told by my parents that I had to go to college or move out. I wasn’t ready to go to college, as high school was a bit overwhelming for me, so I chose to move out. I had no career path in mind, I just needed a job. I applied for a summer in-home childcare position and I was hired. At the end of that summer, I knew I had found my “calling;” I just had no idea where it would lead me. I worked for a few years before I went to college. In between being a nanny and getting my college degrees, here is what I learned about being a nanny.
1. Having a college degree is not necessary to be a spectacular nanny, but it does look good on a resume, especially if the degree is in education or the medical field.
2. Attend as many local workshops in your area as possible. They can be on any topic that is of interest to you! Having outside interests will enhance your resume. If possible, get a certificate at the end of the workshop so that you can add it to your “nanny portfolio.”
3. Participate in webinars and online educational classes. This is a great way to stay current in the ever-changing world of in-home childcare.
4. Volunteer in your area. This is a great way to meet, and learn from, the many amazing and educated people in your community.
5. Attend the International Nanny Association Annual Conference and attend a variety of workshops to give you a well-rounded balance and insight.
6. Attend a Certified Nanny Program. This is a wonderful way to get precise training and education from experts in the field of childcare.
7. Read books on any and every childcare, discipline and parenting method out there. This will help you understand various topics, such as “Attachment Parenting” and “baby-led routines,” and allow you to carry on a conversation about these topics if a parent should ask.
8. Stay current in CPR and first aid. You may even consider becoming an instructor in your area. Doing so will give parents even more confidence that you know what to do in an emergency.
9. Attend your local NNTD (National Nanny Training Day). This is an excellent way to meet other nannies in your community, learn from experts and network.
10. Keep in mind that education in the area of in-home childcare is not a one-time training, it is ongoing.
Are you a current nanny? What are your current go-to resources for learning?
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Nanny Sheri In 1987, Nanny Sheri Lopez graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and, in 1992, received a B.A. in Business. Over 32 years she has obtained certifications from 52 different programs, including: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Nanny Training, Certified Newborn Care Specialist Training, Certified Infant Massage Teacher, Certified Baby Signing Time Instructor, Certified American Red Cross CPR, first aid & AED Instructor, National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification and she passed the International Nanny Association Basic Skills Exam, as well as the Credentialed Exam.