The American Council of Nanny Schools, Inc., a non-profit coalition of approved nanny schools, seeks to promote the professional status of nannies. The Council established educational standards, accredits new schools, and provides professional support for nannies.
Graduating students of the approved schools earn the title of Certified Professional Nanny (CPN) or Certified Professional Governess (CPG).
Provide networking opportunities for member schools and their students.
Provide a central source of information for national or regional media coverage of ACNS activities and member schools.
Establish and maintain ethical guidelines.
Maintain statistics of students trained in member schools.
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION CRITERIA:
Must be licensed or provisionally approved for legal operation with that state.
Must have a minimum of 200 contact hours and 100 field work hours. Contact hours are defined as: instructional lectures, field trips and discussions under direct supervision of qualified school faculty. Field experience is defined as supervised, non-paid work experience with children. It is understood that these are minimum requirements. The goal of ACNS is to encourage schools to continually upgrade their programs.
Must submit curriculum in ACNS format to the Curriculum Review Committee.
The following curriculum was approved in order of priority and identified as a core curriculum in any nanny-training program. Each school is unique and should include the core curriculum in a manner most appropriate to the focus of its program.
Child Growth & Development (must be a minimum of 1/3 or 70 hours of the total contact hours.)
Family Dynamics / Interpersonal Skills
Health and Safety
The Nanny as a Professional
Must have graduated one class.
Any 1,2,3, or 4-year college or nursing program can apply for
membership after the minimum number of total contact and field work hours, as well as 25% of the nanny specific courses, are met.
The American Council of Nanny Schools is organized as a directorship and is governed by a Board of Directors. Each member school has one vote at ACNS membership meetings.
ACNS is incorporated as a non-profit organization. It is the policy of the American Council of Nanny Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in its educational programs, activities, or employment.
Any school interested in membership in ACNS should contact:
Sheilagh Roth, ACNS President American Council of Nanny Schools 37 South Franklin Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
NANNIES - THE CHAMPIONS OF THE 21st Century
The Certified Professional Nanny (CPN) is a profession which is growing by leaps and bounds, since our founding in 1984. With the nation's awareness of the desire for educated in-home child care providers. The employment demand is at an all-time high. Nannies are viewed as champions in society today! They have demonstrated their dedication to children, commitment to purposeful nurturing and exhibited leadership skills.
Champions are dedicated to a cause—nannies have dedicated themselves to children. They have trained to become highly competent child care providers. They have demonstrated their commitment to children by attending educational institutions which have focused Nanny Preparation Programs. The time spent in school, hours of study and expense of attending college to become a star performer in their chosen profession is proof of their sincere desire to be the "best".
Champions set training goals—nannies establish plans for the child's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Nannies understand that play is child's work. Structuring the child's environment to maximize everyday events as a learning experience is an art. Planning purposeful and age appropriate activities for a child can be viewed as training goals. Shepherding a child through life's learning events is a noble endeavor.
Champions are leaders — nannies are role models for children — life styles that can be emulated. Example is the best teacher! As nannies live by the code of honesty, courage, self-reliance, discipline and self-control, children learn to live by their example. Nannies become heroes/heroines in the eyes of their charges.
The qualities of champions are exhibited in the daily lives of thousands of Certified Professional Nannies in America. Champions are distinguished by their achievements — nannies can reflect on their contributions to the children in their "care" to find the greatest reward in their achievement. Nannies are the champions—children are the winners.