Professional Nanny Certifications give the individual the proper credentials in order to perform the work they are trained for. Small community colleges as well as some larger universities offer courses in Certified Professional Governess (CPG) or Certified Professional Nanny (CPN). Curriculum includes child psychology, welfare and safety, infant CPR, nutritional studies, and more. These are intensive courses, but often very rewarding knowledge for the nanny.
Special needs children often require provider skills that go far and beyond that of standard childcare.
With the extreme rise in the cases of autism, for example, made the nanny and childcare profession take a new look at how they train their nanny’s. Some associations offer seminars and groups that meet in conferences to discuss new therapies, new techniques, and new ideas.
Some of these accredited programs include advanced behavioral techniques, nutritional information, verbal comprehension, just to name a few. Nanny’s in the profession for many years often attend the seminars or enroll in courses to enhance their skills. Teachers and parents can also take part in conferences on advanced studies to improve the lives of the children and the families.
Nanny’s who have a verifiable medical work history make perfect candidates for families looking for care. Retired nurses often turn to the nanny profession where their medical history can be a great source of help. Special needs children are often medically vulnerable, often requiring round the clock care for medical purposes. In some cases, children who require specific protocols such as gastric feedings and medication, the need is often present for a medically-trained caregiver.
Other duties such as bathing, transportation to physician or therapy appointments can be stressful on a nanny without special needs training. Often times, the schedule is more detailed that than of a standard family. Flexibility, time organization, and empathy is an essential characteristic in a nanny, especially those working with special needs children.
A nanny who works with special needs children must fully realize the differences in children, and apply the specific needs for each child. Being positive is a trait that every caregiver must possess, even in the most difficult of times. Being supportive of the families will make the nanny’s job much easier, because some families respond differently to a diagnosis. Some parents may be very over-protective, while some will look at situations regarding their child as unrealistic. Some may even be in denial as to the seriousness surrounding the child’s condition.
Nanny’s with special needs training are often sought after in many other fields. Schools and nurseries are often hiring nanny’s for their open positions in the classroom due to their education and experience. A nanny who has spent full time hours caring for disabled child is priceless in the classroom, because of the demonstrated care and knowledge that they possess. Additional training can also prepare the nanny for cases where specific therapies such as speech, audio, and behavioral applications may be needed.
Families should also include educational verification when checking on the background of a potential nanny. Accredited and reputable training institutions offer top-notch training to those enrolled. This provides the potential employer with a verifiable list of skills that will best match the needs of the family.