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What Are the Basic Requirements for Nannies?







If you are a parent searching for a nanny, you’re probably wondering what makes a nanny eligible to be a nanny. Although there are no set guidelines for what a nanny has to have (besides legal work status and Trustline if the nanny is working in California), here is some advice to help you decide if the nanny is qualified enough for your job.

Nanny should be a legal citizen and/or legally able to work in the United States.
Nanny should be at least 18 years old.
Nanny should have completed high school (or equivalent).
Nanny should be in good health.
Nanny should have a proof of a negative TB test.
Nanny should have unexpired CPR and First Aid certification· Nanny should genuinely love working with children.
Nanny should have a good work ethic.
Nanny should have a proven track record of excellent childcare references (at least 3 that you can speak with).
Nanny should have at least 2 years of experience working with children. If the nanny will be working with a newborn, then she should have at least 3-5 years of experience working with newborns.
Nanny should already have or be willing to register with Trustline if she is working in California.
Nanny should have a good driving record.
Nanny should have a clear background check that includes a Department of Motor Vehicles report.

*Nanny may want to join the International Nanny Association (INA.org) to show that they are a professional nanny.


Most Important Requirements:

  • Background Check
  • CPR/First Aid
  • Age appropriate experience
  • References or reference letters (always call and confirm)
  • Degree in Child Education or similar degree or a background in nursing

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