There are several approaches to acquiring the formal training Sitter need.
Some Sitters obtain associate or bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education. Many attend training programs in private schools, vocational schools, and community colleges. Typical nanny training programs offer a variety of courses related to children and child care. There are courses in child growth and development, psychology, food and nutrition, health and safety, play activities, ﬁrst aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and family dynamics. The programs often include hands-on care of children. Many schools provide the future nanny with information on personal health and grooming, etiquette, social skills, and professional development. Nannies who do not have formal training should have babysitting or daycare experience or have raised their own families.
A Public College Program
Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana, has a professional nanny program. The program is a one-year, certiﬁcate degree program and requires completion of thirty-one credit hours. Figure 5.1 shows the actual curriculum as it appears in the college catalog.