Credential, Certificate, Certification and Accreditation – Do you know the difference?

Great information from our friends at International Nanny Association

You will find a great deal of misinformation regarding what it means for a program to be a certificate program, a certification program, and a credentialing program, as well as what it means to be accredited. INA would like to help everyone understand the differences, as we move forward with developing an In-home Childcare Certification Program.

Do you know the difference?

The Basics of a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS)

NCTA LOGOOur guest post today comes from The Newborn Care Training Academy.    There are many questions out there about NCS – what makes an NCS?  How can I become an NCS?   NCTA answers those questions and many more for us.

At The Newborn Care Training Academy, we strive to provide the best, and latest in Newborn Care for those looking to become a Newborn Care Specialist. While many have already made the transition into newborn care, there are still a lot of questions out there. Here’s the down low on Newborn Care Specialists.

Who is considered a NCS?

A Newborn Care Specialist is an individual trained and skilled in newborn care. Newborn Care Specialists are more than just nannies, they know the ins and outs of newborn development and have specialized newborn training. They provide unique expertise in all aspects of newborn care, parental education, and support. It is important to note that a Baby Nurse is someone who has earned a RN, or LPN. A NCS should not call herself an Baby Nurse unless she is a RN or LPN. 

What does a NCS provide?

A NCS can provide overnight care, temporary care, 24 hour care, travelling assistance, and newborn care education to new Moms & Dads. Some Newborn Care Specialists will provide sleep training under the direct consent of Mom and Dad. While goals change from client to client, most would agree that one of our main goals is to leave parents feeling confident and empowered at the end of our time with their family. 

When would you need a NCS?

Often times a NCS will start the night baby comes home from the hospital. Most NCS provide overnight care, though there are many temporary day time positions available while Mom transitions to a permanent car

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egiver. Many NCS will work with a client until they reach infancy, or 16 weeks, then move on to a next client. 

Where does a NCS work?

Sometimes NCS are lucky enough to travel with the family while they care for the newborn, but for the most part NCS provide care in the client’s home. 

Why hire a NCS?

Newborns are hard work!! This can make being a new mommy or daddy really tough and sometimes overwhelming. Moms and Dads need help, sleep, and sometimes newborn care education. We are there to help and assist them through a huge transition period in their life. 

How do you become a NCS?

Many women have been making the transition into Newborn Care over the last few years, and that brings me to my last point. How does one become a NCS? Unfortunately, there is no accredited school that offers a certification program, and becoming a NCS isn’t as simple as taking a newborn care class. Becoming a NCS takes experience and time. The first step is to attend a Newborn Care course, or attend the INA Conference NCS track. If you would like to become certified, you can go through the Newborn Care Specialist Association, who have set forth guidelines and requirements to become certified.

Nannypalooza 2014

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Nannypalooza 2014

October 17th – 19th
Philadelphia Airport Hilton

We return to our old favorite the Hilton! With newly renovated rooms and easy access to the airport and Center City Philadelphia, this location has something for everyone!Early Bird Registration $125
Regular Registration    $155
Registration includes 3 meals, welcome reception, 6 workshops and a welcome reception!

Hotel rates start at $95 for 2 double beds

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Newborn Care Training Academy

newborn care academy 125Newborn Care Training Academy (NCTA) is here to support Newborn Care Specialist’s all over the world. Our growing list of providers proudly place Newborn Care Specialists because parents want the most qualified, knowledgeable professionals caring for their babies. These providers support us by becoming members, referring care givers to our approved training programs, placing newborn care specialists and encouraging their staff to join the NCTA.

The Newborn Care Training Academy was created to provide exceptional training and certifications to those seeking continuing education. Training is held in high regards when it comes to caring for families and their children. The Newborn Care Training Academy aims to be a leader in newborn education and advancing the careers of Newborn Care Specialists nation wide.

Webinars: MomAssembly Offers Webinars from birth to 5 years old

Whether you’re looking for sleep suggestions for your infant, or potty training advice for your three year old, MomAssembly has gathered top mom’s that offer webinars in a variety of topics at a low cost.

Available when you want them, when you need them!


Nannypalooza 2013

Nannypalooza 2013 is headed to Cleveland, Ohio November 2-3.

Registration is now OPEN for this conference for nannies and child care professionals across the country. nannypalooza 125

Check out all the conference details and preliminary speaker information, and make plans to attend Nannypalooza!
See you there!



Newborn Care Specialists Association (NCSA)

ncsa 125The NCSA is a international association dedicated to the professional Newborn Care Specialist and the Maternity Nurse. It has been developed to oversee ongoing education in the field of newborn care. Our continuing education providers are designed to educate using the most up-to-date skills in this profession. It is the association’s desire for these higher standards of care to spread across the country and raise the bar in this industry.
The continuing educational programs ensure that those working under the profession Newborn Care Specialist or Maternity Nurse are extremely well-trained, professionally qualified and highly educated in all areas of newborn care. Our goal is to establish a standard of excellence to those working in this field and provide newborns and their families with an unparalleled quality of care.

We hope that you find this site informative and beneficial to your career. It has been designed to provide you with the support you need to achieve your highest level of success.

The NCSA will provide you with information on Certification, Education, Advocacy, Resources and Support.

First Class Care Academy



First Class Care Academy is a specialized training program for Chicago Nannies, Babysitters, Housekeepers and House Managers. Classes and workshops range from resume and nanny portfolio building to professional housekeeper training.

First Class Care Inc. developed the Academy to continue the education of domestic professionals. No matter if you are just starting out or have 10 years of experience, everyone can benefit from more education and a higher skill level.


Sullivan University

Sullivan University offers a Professional Nanny Diploma as well as a Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.  sullivan125

Professional nannies care for children in private residences, daycare centers or hospitals, among other places. Sullivan University’s Professional Nanny program emphasizes real-world experience, gained through three required externships. The program is an approved member of the American Council of Nanny Schools (ACNS) and the International Nanny Association (INA).


Upcoming classes:

June 24, 2013:

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Summer Quarter starts
June 24, 2013- Sept. 8, 2013
September 23, 2013:
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Fall Quarter starts
Sept. 23, 2013-Dec. 15, 2013
January 6, 2014:
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Winter Quarter starts
Jan. 6, 2014- March 23, 2014
March 31, 2014:
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Spring Quarter starts
March 31, 2014- June 15, 2014

Get the Most from Events you Attend

Whether you attend a conference or a local nanny group offering, there are things you can do to get the most out of your educational

I put together some of my best tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Conference Experience, but many of these can translate to any educational event.