It seems everywhere you turn there are people talking about being a nanny! Recently we found this article from KVNO News in Omaha, Nebraska regarding a recent influx of college educated nannies entering the professional nanny field.
Last month, Slate.com published an article called “College Grads Flock to Nannying. Is That Good?” that talked about this same influx of nannies hitting the national scene with newly minted college degrees.
The reasons behind the new trend:
- A tough labor market means recent grads in fields related to childcare such as education, are left scrambling post graduation to find position that are as rewarding and can pay the bills such as nannying.
- “Parents want more” is the general opinion in the articles, having someone with a degree is a marker of quality since the nanny field does not have many official ones.
- Parents that have nannies themselves typically have a college degree or higher and may seek caregivers that are “peers” in education
Is it all about education? Does a degree mean that a nanny is qualified?
According to the last INA Survey, most nannies in the field have a high school diploma or some college. Less than 5% have an advanced degree. We looked at the International Nanny Association’s list of Nanny of the Year recipients, and the overriding factor of their success was not attributed to their education but some of the following traits provided by their fellow nannies and employers :
- “Providing a loving, safe and nurturing environment for our children.”
- “Trustworthy, reliable and a hard worker.”
- “Understands the value of education in terms of in-home childcare and safety, as well as the need to adapt to an ever-changing childcare environment.”
All of those attributes of the Nannies of the Year point to something much more than a formal degree. The quotes are quotes by real live parents, other nannies, or employers that admire the work of these successful nannies. Education may be part of the equation, but there is many more qualities that are needed for nannies to do well and go the distance in their careers.
Tell us about your experience! What prepared you to be a nanny? Is it about education?