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SITTER OR NANNY? US NANNY ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES THREE INDUSTRY CREDENTIALS

 

Nanny industry credentials empower parents and nanny agency owners to find and hire the right provider. A first for the nanny industry, US Nanny Association credentials require a high school diploma, childcare training, work experience, CPR and First Aid and passing an exam based on the US National Nanny Standards. A first for the industry, US Nanny Association credentials require a diploma/GED, CPR/First Aid, childcare training, experience and passing a proficiency exam..

SARASOTA, Fla., April 13, 2021/AP/ --

The US Nanny Association launched three nanny credential programs today to define the in-home childcare industry, support nanny agency employment standards, and empower parents to understand different childcare options. “The US Nanny Association credential programs reduce confusion between sitters, nannies, newborn care specialists and professional nannies”, shares Elizabeth Malson, Executive Director of the US Nanny Association. “These credential programs define a career path for nannies that parallels other professional trades.”

 

The US Nanny Association offers three credentials:

  • Nanny and Childcare Provider (NCP)

  • Newborn and Infant Care Professional (NICP)

  • Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP)

 

A first for the nanny industry, US Nanny Association credentials require a high school diploma or equivalent, childcare training, work experience, CPR and First Aid certification and passing a proficiency exam based on the published US National Nanny Standards. The credential requirements mirror other professional trades and align with other childcare and child education opportunities to help elevate the nanny profession. While the credential programs require a minimum number of hours of childcare training, nannies have the flexibility to take childcare classes from any reputable educator or school.

 

Parents and nannies value work experience, but the industry is changing. Parents are increasingly hiring nannies with formal education in early childhood development, newborn care, and positive discipline. This trend accelerated during the pandemic as parents hired teachers and nannies with eLearning facilitator skills. The US Nanny Association credentials formalize these industry norms with national standards and credentials that encourage nannies to gain additional skills beyond what they learned from their personal experiences and private employers.

 

The US Nanny Association credentials create a career path from sitter to nanny to professional nanny with specializations such as Newborn Care. “For most placements, I require at least 2 years of work experience which matches the Newborn and Infant Care and Professional Nanny and Childcare credential”, shares Rebecca Pearcy, owner of Windsor House Nannies in Austin, Texas. “Nannies with US Nanny Association credentials will be easier to screen and place since I know they meet our work experience requirements and are invested in their childcare careers.” US Nanny Association credentials are valid for three years and can be renewed with ongoing continuing education.

 

Parents hiring a nanny on their own through networking or using a job board benefit from the US Nanny Association industry credentials as nannies with training and work experience will be easier to identify. Nanny compensation varies significantly based on skills, experience and location but many nanny resumes look the same. The US Nanny Association standards and credentials provide clear definitions and designations so families can hire and pay for the skills and experiences of sitters, nannies, newborn care specialists and professional nannies.

 

The US Nanny Association will expand the credential program throughout 2021. To aid employment, credential recipients have the option to publish their name and credential on the US Nanny Association public website. By Fall 2021, Spanish versions of all three credential programs will be available.

 

About the US Nanny Association
The US Nanny Association is the foremost professional membership organization supporting parents, nannies and businesses to advance the in-home childcare industry with nationally recognized standards, industry credentials, annual conferences, and local events. Learn more about the US Nanny Association at usnanny.org.

 

Media Contact:
Lynn Ziefle
info@usnanny.org
941-773-9020

US NANNY ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHES NATIONAL NANNY STANDARDS

 

Clearly defining Basic and Professional in-home childcare skills, the US Nanny Association National Standards and credential programs make it easier for families to identify knowledgeable and experienced childcare providers.

SARASOTA, Fla., October 30, 2019/AP/ -- The US Nanny Association published National Nanny Standards, creating a significant step forward in defining career paths for sitters and nannies. “The National Nanny Standards reduce confusion about the differences between sitters, nannies and professional nannies”, shares Elizabeth Malson, Executive Director of the US Nanny Association. “These standards establish a common set of expectations for training and experience, making it easier for families and childcare providers to connect and engage.”

 

The National Nanny Standards include diverse, proven methodologies and childcare skills that align with the differing needs of families, parenting customs and laws in the United States. “Traditionally, nannies in the United States were trained by other nannies or owners of nanny agencies due to a lack of government regulation and limited industry guidelines,” shares Heather Pentz, Director of Nanny Agency Services. “The National Nanny Standards define the skills needed to be successful and to support a career progression that aligns with families seeking childcare services.”

 

The National Nanny Standards are the foundation of the Basic Nanny and Childcare Provider (BNCP) Credential and the Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP) Credential. The BNCP and PNCP credentials test to the National Nanny Standards and recognize nannies who have completed reputable training programs and have gained valuable work experience. Establishing National Standards and creating credential programs that require training, work experience, and proficiency testing empowers nannies to earn respected credentials that are on par with other trades and industries.

The US Nanny Association National Nanny Standards were developed by childcare educators and industry leaders. Research based, the National Nanny Standards align with early childhood development post-secondary curriculums, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessments, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS).

About the US Nanny Association


The US Nanny Association is the foremost professional membership organization committed to advancing the in-home childcare industry with nationally recognized standards, credentials, resources, professional development, events, and networking opportunities. Learn more about the US Nanny Association at usnanny.org.

 

For interview availability, email Elizabeth Malson, Executive Director of US Nanny Association at info@usnanny.org.

 

Media Contact:
Lynn Ziefle
info@usnanny.org
941-773-9020

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