The Specialist Childcare Diploma and Certification program broadens your Nanny career. Focused on specialized skills, you will gain insights into special needs childcare, children with medical needs and special diets, and expand your skills as a Family Assistant or Household Manager.
This specialized Nanny training program is 100% online with on-demand faculty-taught classes. Focused on expanded responsibilities including schedule management and overnights, the Specialized Childcare program requires
- High school diploma or GED
- CPR and First Aid certification
- 1000 hours of paid childcare experience
This 40-hour program includes 10 hours of Specialist classes, 10 hours of Advanced classes, 10 hours of Intermediate classes and 10 hours of Basic classes.
CC 101: Understanding Children
Children are complex and change as they advance in development. This course is an introduction to childhood stages including newborn, toddler, preschool, and primary years with physical, social, and emotional developmental milestones.
CC 102: Children and the Law
Laws differ in each state, but compliance with local child safety provisions is always mandatory. This course will review relevant laws on proper transportation, child abuse, emergency childcare, and more. Protections and liabilities for childcare workers are also discussed.
CC 103: Positive Discipline
Positive discipline is based on mutual respect using firm and kind direction to help children learn to manage their emotions and behaviors. This course examines different types of discipline and behaviors, providing tools for decision making and setting up an environment that encourages prosocial behaviors.
GE 101: Professionalism
Conducting yourself with high character, integrity, and behaving with moral principles is required to be a positive role model for children. This course discusses how to engage proactively and help make appropriate choices while employed in childcare.
GE 102: Stress Management
Stress during childcare is inevitable as juggling children, parents, play dates, and a personal life is a lot to manage. This course will discuss how to recognize the different components of stress, both physiological and psychological, and will cover behaviors and techniques helpful to reduce and manage stress reactions as a caregiver and to help children manage their stress.
HS 101: Emergency Planning
Being prepared can help identify potential emergencies and possibly save lives. This course teaches specific actions needed for a wide range of emergencies and provide tools to develop and use an emergency plan.
HS 102: Safety in the Home
One of the primary responsibilities of a childcare provider is to supervise and monitor the safety of children in their care. This course will identify many of the physical risks a child might encounter in the home environment and discuss ways to eliminate or minimize the risk of harm.
HS 103: Water Awareness
Swimming, boating, and other water sports are popular activities, especially during the summer. This course will provide water safety guidelines when in, on, or around the water.
HS 104: Food Safety
From processes on the farm to practices in the kitchen, food safety is important to decrease the risk of foodborne illness. This course will provide some basic concepts of food safety practices for preparing, serving, reheating, and managing food.
CC 201: Newborns and Infants
A newborn baby is born helpless and needs constant care to survive. This course will review neonatal milestones and special care required including diapering, soothing, and signs of illness.
CC 202: Toddlers
The toddler years are a critical time for development. Toddlers are beginning to walk, engaging in receptive and expressive communication, and developing social, emotional, and reasoning skills. This course will focus on understanding their needs and outline ways to help toddlers understand the world around them.
CC 203: Preschool
Preschoolers are developing their basic life skills, independence, and knowledge they will need as they enter their school years. This course will review developmental milestones, physical needs, and how to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.
CC 204: Primary Years
As children grow into ages 6-8, they continue to advance physically and develop more cognitively, enabling a greater range of behaviors and emotions. This course will review developmental milestones, physical needs, and sexual development.
CC 205: Children and Literacy
Literacy is an important skill all children need to be successful in life. This course addresses developing early literacy skills in infants and toddlers while promoting strong reading and writing skills for preschool and kindergarten children.
CC 206: STEM Activities
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) will enable the next generation of innovators to learn to solve global challenges. This course, for ages 3-5, will provide tools to help children understand complex systems through age-appropriate play.
HS 201: Fitness Basics
Exercise is a critical component for good overall health to build muscle strength, promote healthy bone growth, and manage weight. This course will discuss endurance fitness, flexibility, strength training, and provide examples of age-appropriate exercise programs that improve the overall health and well-being of children.
HS 202: Health Basics
Everyone feels better and are happier when they are healthy. This course reviews the basics of keeping children healthy and how to manage common ailments and over the counter medications.
CC 301: Learning Environments
The learning environment for children in the early years (ages 1-5) plays a critical role in brain development and productivity. This course will focus on curriculum design and implementation conducive to the key components of a successful learning environment.
CC 302: Self-Regulation
Self-regulation refers to a person’s ability to manage and control their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It is a critical foundation for learning and good decision making. This course explores self-regulation and provides information and tools to help foster and support this development in children.
CC 303: Classroom Management
Classroom management is an essential element in working with groups of children. This course will introduce practical tools to understand and use an established process that can be applied to group play dates, birthday party games, and summer camp structured activities.
CC 304: Helping with Homework
Homework is designed to help students review key concepts and provide extra time to practice new skills. This course will provide tools to create a positive homework environment, ensure the student remains responsible for their homework and share ways to help the children be successful.
CC 305: Children and Music
Music helps the body and mind work together and exposing children to music at an early age helps development. This course will introduce music and activities to support children of all ages.
CC 306: Children and Art
Arts and crafts help children develop mentally, socially, and emotionally as well as boost self-confidence. This course will focus on how art helps develop critical thinking skills as well as pre-reading and writing skills and practice ways to introduce art into a childcare environment.
GE 301: Communicating with Families
Communication is the exchange of information and news including our daily conversations. This course will focus on communication skills that strengthen working relationships with families.
GE 302: Types of Families
Children learn from families, teachers, and caregivers in their lives with families comprised of traditional and often non-traditional structures. This course discusses the diverse types of families, how to avoid stereotypes and the importance of developing partnerships with everyone for the betterment of the children.
HS 301: Fitness for Child Athletes
Developing fitness in children is vital to preparing them for a smooth transition into individual or team sports. This course will share the benefits of individual and team sports, the appropriate ages to compete in different sports, teaching sportsmanship, how to help keep athletes safe, hydration, and nutrition for athletes.
HS 302: Nutrition Basics
Food plays a significant role in our health and wellbeing but not everyone understands the components or how they interact in our bodies. This course will teach the basic components of nutrition, from digestion and absorption, to how nutrition affects health.
CC 401: Lesson Planning
Lesson planning skills are useful when working with a home school program, at a community activity center, or creating an academic schedule for the summer while children are out of school. This course will provide example weekly schedules for ages 3-10 with tools to lesson plan including how to define learning outcomes, materials needed, activities, and time required.
CC 402: Children at Risk
Children at risk are less likely to transition into adulthood successfully. This course examines the factors that create or increase risk and provide insights to aid those at risk in the youth population.
CC 403 Special Education
Special education and skills are needed to care for children with special needs or those with disabilities. This course is designed to introduce childcare providers to different types of special needs, tools that can be used with children, and how to be an advocate for young children with special needs and their families.
GE 401: Etiquette and Manners
An understanding of etiquette is important for professionalism and teaching children correct manners. This course will provide business etiquette, dining protocols, and social norms for a variety of situations.
GE 402: Household Management
Childcare positions often come with some household management responsibilities including housework, cleaning, or comprehensive household management. This course will share the benefits of schedules and example routines as well as basics on cleaning, laundry, and sewing.
GE 403. Caring for Pets
In the United States, 68% of families have a pet and household management responsibilities may include caring for a dog or cat. This course teaches how to care for these and other common pets, so you can confidently care for these animals.
GE 404: Global Celebrations
Understanding the positive attributes of diverse cultures helps children learn more about the world. This course introduces popular days of celebrations from different countries around the world, providing child-friendly activities or lessons that help teach diversity.
HS 401: Nutrition and Health
We find ourselves facing epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases and urgently need to promote and engage in healthy eating and lifestyles. This course will discuss the principles of weight management and dietary choices including the height and weight norms for children.
HS 402: Special Diets
Special diets can be driven by medical need or cultural preferences. This course will review common types of diets as well as and their impact on the body with information about vegetarian, paleo, Gluten-free, vegan, Atkins, raw food, and other nutrition options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any discounts to the tuition or fees?
Amslee Institute offers scholarships, when available. Otherwise, there are no discounts available for tuition or fees. Amslee Institute programs are licensed by the Florida Department of Education and as such “Tuition or fee discounts are not permissible; any reductions of tuition or fees must comply with subsection 6E-1.0032(7), F.A.C.”
Do I have to complete CPR and First Aid training before enrolling?
No, CPR and First Aid certification can be completed before or after enrollment. CPR and First Aid certification must be completed with documentation provided within the 12 weeks of enrollment and prior to receiving a diploma or certification. Amslee Institute does not offer CPR or First Aid training and recognizes certification documents from reputable organizations. First Aid and CPR certification is available online for $30.
I am not living in the United States, can I enroll?
Yes, as long as you meet the program requirements, you can enroll online and complete the program from any location in the world. Job placement services; however, are only available to those living in the United States.
I graduated high school in another country, can I enroll?
Yes, if you completed the equivalent of a high school diploma. Documentation of equivalent education from other countries that is officially translated into English is sufficient to meet the high school diploma requirement. If any post-secondary training or classes were taken towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, transcripts from a licensed college or university can also be submitted to meet this requirement.
I have the childcare work experience hours for the Intermediate program but should I enroll in the Advanced to save money?
It depends on how close you are to the required hours for the Advanced program. If you will not complete at least 500 hours of childcare experience within 12 weeks, then enroll in the Intermediate program. If you will have more than 500 hours of childcare experience within 12 weeks, you can enroll in the Advanced program. You must meet all the program requirements within the allotted time to earn the diploma and certification.
What are the enrollment requirements?
Enrollment requires students to be at least 16 years old, have a government-issued identification (from any country), and be currently enrolled in or have completed high school (or equivalent).
I’ve been a Nanny for over 10 years, can I skip some programs and enroll in the Professional Program?
No, the programs are designed and licensed to be completed in order as the Advanced and Specialist courses build on content taught in the Basic and Intermediate level courses. Every course, including those in the Basic and Intermediate programs, are designed to cover the fundamentals as well as provide advanced training on the subject matter for those students with significant childcare experience.
Will I need to buy textbooks?
No, all the course materials are available online and included in the tuition and fees. Every course has a study guide that can be downloaded and used to capture notes from the course. The courses are copyrighted and cannot be saved on a personal computer in any way. The exceptions are reference materials and course study guides, which can be downloaded from the Additional References page in the student portal. Any personal notes taken during the program can be saved as a reference. Amslee Institute grants unlimited access to all the course materials during the 12 weeks of enrollment.
Included at no additional cost
Free Online Class - Employment Contracts & Work Agreements
Course Description - Taking time to think through and write down job expectations will help ensure everyone understands the responsibilities and compensation. Employment contracts help reduce confusion and create a more positive experience. This course will introduce work agreement templates and tools to discuss a work schedule as well as pay, overtime, and other benefits.
Turn Your Education into a Career
Amslee Institute’s specialized curriculum provides a comprehensive approach to childcare and child development, teaching nannies diverse, proven methodologies and childcare skills that align with the differing needs of families, parenting customs and laws in the United States.
The Childcare programs are aligned with national early childhood development post-secondary curriculums, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the US Nanny Association Nation National Standards. Amslee Institute program and courses are accepted for the Basic Nanny and Childcare Provider (BNCP) and Professional Nanny and Childcare Provider (PNCP) Credentials.
We’ve made advancing your education easier with online Childcare programs that fit into a busy working schedule. All of our Childcare programs for Nannies and Sitters are taught with industry-experienced instructors and a specialized curriculum for in-home childcare so you feel confident you receive the skills you need to provide better care for children. Whether you are new to childcare or want to advance in your current career, you can achieve your goals and strengthen your passion for education and enriching the lives of children and families. Want to check it out? Take our FREE class today!
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