Training to be a Nanny used to involve learning some basic skills such as cooking, sewing, changing a nappy, feeding, and doing your pediatric first aid course to name a few. Nowadays there are requests for Nannies to be a whole lot more. At Family Rules we take great pride in finding well qualified childcarers but we particularly love to find those with additional specialised skills so no matter what request we get from families, we can introduce unique Nanny that can fit the bill. At Family Rules, we already have chidcarers who are also qualified climbers, lifeguards and skiers, trained chefs and yacht stewardesses to individuals with musical and language skills. However, skills in child protection have become one of the more desirable skills to obtain nowadays especially when working for HNWI and families who are in the public eye.
As a Nanny I never did any physically training such as stunt driving or learnt any martial arts techniques (I wish I did though - the training looks like a lot of fun!) but I did recently complete the Child Protection for Childminders online course with The Child Protection Company. It only takes 2 hours and you can pause, stop and start at any time and it only costs £34.74. You can get 10% off this course if you Register as a Nanny on the Family Rules website. An email will be sent to you with a passcode to the Family Rules Club where you can get discounts on many childcare related products.
The course goes through different types of abuse and how to identify them, covers FGM (female genital mutilation) and bullying, signs of radicalisation and extremism and also has a section on online safety.
This course was specifically designed for childminders but I think it to be helpful for Nannies, Babysitters, or anyone looking after children, since all children need to be protected from abuse and safeguarded from harm.
It was a great reminder of how to react and who you can report to when you come across indications of child abuse, or if you have a concern about the safeguarding of a child. I found the course to be particularly good about reminding to be 'child focused' in all situations that you might encounter.
You have to pass at least 70% and you get your certificate emailed to you immediately along with an outline of what you have covered in the course so you can show prospective employers. Thankfully I passed and got my certificate The Child Protection Company: