Nannies from the Heartland
Caring, Supportive, Professional Placements
Serving Families and Nannies since 1990

Nanny Qualifications:

Qualifications for all positions through Nannies from the Heartland, Inc. are based on the requirements and needs of the client families. 

We screen applicants on three broad criteria:

Do they have adequate experience and knowledge to care for young children?

  • Must have a minimum of one year full time child care employment experience that is current or very recent with references. Most of our positions are with children birth to 5-6 years of age so employment experience with this age group is required unless the job is with school age children.
  • Or a two or four year degree in a child related field with practicum experience working directly with children, and some current part time child care employment experience

Will they be a good employee?

  • Stable verifiable employment history
  • Strong communication skills
  • Trustworthy, able to maintain confidentiality
  • Present a professional image

Do they possess the skills and attributes necessary to work with young children in an unsupervised setting?

  • Provide the names and telephone numbers of three to four child care references who can respond to our questions about them 
  • Demonstration of: good judgment, critical thinking skills, time management, trustworthiness, responsibility, and maturity

Because of the requirements for work experience and for post secondary education related to child development (or extensive child care experience), applicants will typically be at least 21 years old.

The family's expect that nannies are able to work with them for a minimum of one year and, in most cases, ideally longer.

For live-out jobs, nannies need a reliable vehicle for transportation to the job, and frequently also for transporting the children.

If a nanny has young children of their own, they need to have reliable child care for them.

Nannies must have a valid driver's license.  Their driving record must be clear of any recent offenses relating to drugs or alcohol and excessive moving violations.

Nannies from the Heartland requires all applicants to complete a release form allowing us to conduct background checks.

Nannies need to be a non-smoker. It is important that they are in good health and must be able to perform the essential physical functions of a nanny job.

Additional qualifiers that are helpful, but not necessarily required:

  • CPR/First Aid certified or willingness to obtain certification
  • Post secondary education specific to child care, education or related field


The International Nanny Association provides these child care definitions:

  • Nanny - Employed by the family on either a live in or live out, part time or full time basis, to undertake all tasks related to the care of children. Duties are generally restricted to child care and the domestic tasks related to the children. May or may not have had formal training, though often have extensive child care experience and a background in early childhood education. Typically, full time employed nannies will work 40 - 60 hours per week. Usually work unsupervised.

  • Babysitter - Provides supervisory, custodial care of children on a full time or part time basis with no special training or experience required.


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