How to Get a High Paying Job as a Nanny
There aren’t really any educational requirements to become a nanny other than real love for children. However, if you want to break out into the big time six figure salaries, there are certain qualifications, certifications and experience that can exponentially expand your job openings.
As with all other jobs, the more experienced you are, the more salary and bonuses you stand to make. If you have no experience as a nanny, you can always quote any prior experience you have working with children such as child minding your siblings, babysitting for your neighbors and so forth. Child minding siblings can be a big plus on your resume especially if you come from a large family. The amount of experience needed varies from family to family. As you build your experience, collect references and letters of recommendation from the families you have worked for. Solid, up-to-date references can be all the difference between a low and high paying job. If you can’t get an initial job to build up your child care experience and you don’t have prior experience working with children, volunteer to work with children. Working for free can help you gain experience quickly and expand your career opportunities.
Get an Associate’s Degree
As mentioned at the outset, there are no educational qualifications to become a nanny. But, if you want to earn much more than the average nanny, you should go to college and earn an associate’s degree in early childhood education. This course provides you with theoretical and technical knowledge on child psychology, development, behavior and special needs. You should combine an associate’s degree with parenting classes which will teach you communication and mentoring skills when dealing with children.
Join a Professional Nanny Organization
Being a member of professional association demonstrates your commitment and passion to a profession. It tells anyone looking at your resume that you take your work seriously. It also assures them that you conform to a minimum code of conduct which is reassuring to parents given the sensitive nature of working with children. An example of a professional nanny association is the International Nanny Association (INA) which administers professional exams to its members. An INA credential has the potential to add a few more digits to your annual salary.
Continuous Professional Development
Do not stop at an associate’s degree. To improve your future career prospects, you should continuously seek to improve your academic and professional qualifications. One way to do this is to complete the Child Development Associate (CDA) program. It is offered by the Council for Professional Recognition and makes you stand out as a professional in your field. Earning the title CDA calls for competence in several areas such as health, safety, child care and management, teaching and socialization.
As part of continuous professional development, you should also consider an advanced degree in early childhood education. There are also specialized short courses and post graduate diplomas offered by colleges which can add more “meat” to your resume.