National Nanny Standards

Why Create Standards?

Being a nanny is a huge responsibility. Families trust nannies with the care and well-being of their most precious family members – their children.

The US Nanny Association’s National Nanny Standards provide a comprehensive approach to childcare and child development that enable nannies to successfully use and adapt caregiving techniques. The standards include diverse, proven methodologies and childcare skills that align with the differing needs of families, parenting customs and laws in the United States.

The US Nanny Association National Nanny Standards for childcare are based on the research of childcare educators and industry leaders. The National Nanny Standards are aligned with national 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 (USDA). While there are no laws requiring nanny standards in the United States, industry standards and credentials recognize quality training and work experience.


The National Nanny Standards were established and approved by the Standards Advisory Team. The US Nanny Standards are reviewed and updated by the Standards Advisory Team. The Standards Advisory Team includes select members of the US Nanny Association Board of Directors and additional faculty, professional nannies, newborn care specialists, agency owners, nanny employers, and other childcare industry leaders.

"I didn't know what I didn't know. Reviewing the standards helped me identify my strengths and gaps in my childcare knowledge."

Get a Basic or Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider  Credential Based on the National Standards

The standards are divided into two categories – Basic and Professional - that align with the skills valued by nanny employers. In the United States, some families maintain that the childcare provider’s primary role is to supervise children and ensure they are kept safe. These families hire sitters and entry-level nannies, often paying entry-level wages. Other families want to hire a fully trained childcare specialist or nanny, viewing childcare as a profession. These families expect training and additional qualifications and can pay competitive wages.

Each standard has an alpha-numeric reference number. The first number identifies the standard (#1-7). The second number denotes if the standard is for Basic (B) or Professional (P). The third number is the unique identifier. The Professional Standards include the Basic Standards.

"Published standards take the guesswork out of advancing from sitter to nanny to professional nanny. Knowing the standards align with teaching and other childcare degrees helps me invest in a career path."

Professional providers work with parents, providing childcare recommendations and insights based on proven techniques. Professional Nannies have invested in comprehensive knowledge that includes advanced child development, nutrition, health, and fitness as part of their training and continuing education. The Professional Standards, which include all of the Basic Standards, demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills that provide care for the whole child. 

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