Ideas for a Resume for a Nanny

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Ideas for a Resume for a Nanny
A nanny's resume should highlight her diverse set of skills. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Whether you are an experienced nanny looking for a long-term relationship with a family or a student looking for a part-time, in-home, child care job, a well-crafted resume can help you convey your sense of professionalism. Generally, a resume for a nanny is similar to that for any other professional position. Order it chronologically, with new child care jobs and educational experiences listed first.

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Education and Training

If you have a degree in education, child development, social work or child psychology, this can be a strong selling point and a good way to make you stand out from other applicants. Even if you do not have any education that directly relates a nanny position, include it anyway. This can be a way of highlighting your intellectual versatility. Additionally, list any non-academic training that may help you on the job, such as CPR or first aid classes, along with the dates and places that you received the training.

Child Care Experience

The bulk of a nanny's resume should list information about her child care experience. Nannies should list the names, dates and locations of each child care facility or family for whom she has worked. Underneath each entry, list the general responsibilities of the position, the ages of the children and any special duties you performed, such as cooking, housework or academic tutoring.

Specialised Skills

Stephanie Felzenberg of the "Best Nanny Newsletter" recommends integrating your hobbies into your nanny resume. For example, if you play a musical instrument well or are skilled in a sport, add this to your resume. Not only do these skills make you stand out from the pool of applicants, families may be willing to pay you extra to provide their children with private lessons, explained Felzenberg in an interview with "U.S. News and World Report." Similarly, if you have a college degree and feel comfortable providing academic tutoring services, list this on your resume.

Supplemental Portfolio

"U.S. News and World Report" suggests that nannies create a supplemental portfolio to highlight projects, skills and documents that do not fit in with a traditional resume format. A nanny portfolio may include samples of projects you have worked on with the children and photographs of you and your previous clients. Likewise, your portfolio is a good place to include contact information for your professional references and copies of your work authorisation, driver's license and any professional licenses that you currently hold. If you have letters of recommendation from previous clients, consider adding these to your portfolio as well.

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