RIE® Nurturing Nanny™ Course

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Caring for a baby is an extremely important job. All babies deserve to be cared for with respect, which is the hallmark of Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. This course for in-home caregivers offers knowledge and practical suggestions that can help make this work easier and more enjoyable, resulting in advantages for the infants and young children who receive professional care.

Designed to encourage nannies to work more effectively and pleasurably, topics of study include:

  • Diapering, dressing, and feeding with respect

  • Creating safe places for play and learning

  • The caregiver’s role during play

  • Setting appropriate limits

  • Establishing a healthy sleep routine

  • Supporting secure relationships

  • Enhancing employee-employer relations

Modern, Online Format

This course is taught in a mixed format that includes independent study, recorded lectures, online discussion, and live Zoom instruction, and is scheduled to make it possible for nannies in many time zones to attend. In order to receive a certificate of completion, students are asked to give the course their full attention and to have their video on to demonstrate their engagement. 

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Independent Study

Upon registration, you will be invited to read one book of your choice from this list: 

If you are already familiar with these titles, you may ask for approval to read a different book that will help enhance your understanding of the approach. 

Assignments & Online Discussion Forum

This course includes an online component to give you an opportunity to reflect on what you are learning and to learn from your fellow students. You will have four short assignments to complete which will help you put simple techniques into practice right away. You will be asked to discuss your experience with other course participants in our private online forum. 

Example Assignments:

  • Share thoughts from your independent study book

  • Read and practice techniques from an article about respectful hands-on care

  • Watch and discuss a 30 minute recorded lecture

  • Share a key challenge in your current or recent nanny work 

You can expect to devote a total of 6 hours per week to this course, including Zoom discussion, assignments, reading, and videos. Students may complete work early to distribute the time needed to complete the course.

Tuition & What's Included

Your registration for the online course includes:

  • directed assignments

  • 10 hours of live online instruction via Zoom

  • 2 hours of recorded lecture, (30 minutes per week)

  • access to the instructor's office hours for questions and help

  • a digital copy of the RIE® Nurturing Nanny™ course handbook

  • digital access to Magda Gerber's Educaring Approach, an Audio Guide for Nurturing Nannies and Other Caregivers

  • lifetime access to a private Facebook group for graduates of the course, where you can ask questions and network to find good job opportunities

  • a certificate of completion, with a professional, full-color design

  • the opportunity to join the official list of RIE® Nurturing Nannies™, which families and nanny agencies reference when placing nannies for families that use this approach

Online tuition: $380

Students are expected to print their own RIE Nurturing Nanny course handbook from a .pdf and to order copies of the two course books: The RIE Manual and Simple Toys Make Active Babies

In-Person tuition: $400

Includes physical copies of the RIE Nurturing Nanny course handbook, The RIE Manual, and Simple Toys Make Active Babies.


Peaceful Learning Alternative Nanny Agency is helping nannies afford this course. Any Peaceful Learning registered nanny will get a full reimbursement for the cost of the course if they are placed with a Peaceful Learning family full time. 

Limited needs-based financial assistance is also available.

Nurturing Nannies Say...

"Thank you, the course was absolutely filled with valuable content. I so appreciated you sharing your personal, hands on childcare experience and your solid knowledge of Educaring. I am inspired finding a path of growth for my own career as I feel aligned with this approach, to become a better professional. I really appreciated your advocating for raising up the value of nanny profession, and approaching its business-like side, setting up our worth, needs, and boundaries."

A Note For Families

Families, this course is an excellent way to add to your nanny's caregiving repertoire and to bring value assignment to your caregiving team. All families that pay for their nanny's registration will receive a free 15 minutes consulting session where you can share your nanny's strengths and areas of growth. 

Please note, this course is for nannies only. Parents, if you are seeking knowledge about this approach for yourself, please let me know and I will guide you to the appropriate course. 

Upcoming RIE Nurturing Nanny Courses

September 2021

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Zoom sessions on Sundays in September

September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
10:00-11:30am PST. 

Click each date to check for your time zone.

Registration Deadline: August 14th

May 2022

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Zoom sessions on Sundays in May. Registration will open in Winter 2022.


In the meantime, you can put yourself on the waiting list, which will give you one week of advance notice to register.

Summer 2022

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Registration will open Spring 2022.


In the meantime, you can put yourself on the waiting list, which will give you one week of advance notice to register.

Looking for a possibility not listed here? If you have a group of 10-14 nannies who would like to take the course, you can contact me to schedule a private course. 

Career Skills for Nannies

There is more to being a nanny than childcare. It can be hard to know what rate to ask for, how to draw up a contract, and how to deal with issues that may arise with your employers in a professional way.


Learn business skills like how to build a resume, communicate with employers, and much more from a successful career nanny in this half-day workshop. There will be ample time for questions. The workshop price includes a 15 minute 1-On-1 session to discuss specific issues or get ideas for building a sustainable career. 


Scholarship Fund

Are you looking to make a difference? Every session, I have many students who would like to learn about better ways of caring for infants and toddlers but who can't afford the cost of the course. I have set up a scholarship fund to allow more of these people to attend. By contributing to this fund, you are sponsoring someone to learn about RIE® in a certified course such as Nurturing Nanny or Foundations. 100% of what you donate will be used for scholarships for my courses. 

Thank you for helping to improve the lives of infants and toddlers!

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