RIE Nurturing Nanny Course

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 is for in-home caregivers and 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, Travel-Friendly Format

This course is taught in a mixed format that includes independent study, online discussion, and two full days of classroom experience. The classroom portion of the course takes place over two days, from 10am-5pm with a one hour break for lunch. It is taught in an intensive 2-day format, so it is perfect for nannies traveling from out of town or from the wider Bay Area.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer's course will be held entirely online, with four days of online instruction via Zoom:

Sunday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd


Shipping of course materials to your address is included in the price of the course. 

Independent Study

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

  • Your Self Confident Baby by Magda Gerber

  • Dear Parent by Magda Gerber

  • Baby Knows Best by Deborah Carlisle Solomon

  • Respecting Babies by Ruth Anne Hammond

  • 1,2,3 The Toddler Years by Irene Van der Zande

  • Elevating Childcare by Janet Lansbury

  • No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury

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. 

Pre-Course Assignments & Online Discussion Forum

This course includes an online component to allow time to reflect on what you are learning. During the month before the course, there will be several short pre-course assignments 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. 

  • Week 1: Share thoughts from your independent study book

  • Week 2: Read and practice techniques from an article about respectful hands-on care

  • Week 3: Listen to and discuss a 20 minute audio recording

  • Week 4: Share a key challenge in your current or recent nanny work 

You can expect your precourse assignments take 20-40 minutes per week including discussion. 


The course location is TBD but will be held somewhere in the central SF Bay Area. Check out nearby hotels and Airbnb locations if you need a place to stay. If you are traveling on a budget and are interested in sharing a room with another nanny, let me know. I will do my best to match you with a roommate. 

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer's course will be held entirely online, with four days of online instruction via Zoom:

Sunday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd

10am-1pm PST

Shipping of course materials to your address is included in the price of the course.

Tuition & What's Included

The price for this RIE® certified course is $400 per nanny. Your registration includes:

  • four weeks of precourse assignments

  • two full days of in-person classroom instruction

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

  • a copy of The RIE® Manual for Parents and Professionals

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

  • lifetime access to a supportive discussion forum where you can ask questions and network to find good job opportunities


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. Thank you, Peaceful Learning, for supporting education for nannies!

Limited needs-based financial assistance is also available.

Career Skills for Nannies

Are you looking to improve your skills at the business aspects of being a nanny? Learn from successful career nannies in this workshop. There will be ample time for questions and one-on-one advice.

Topics covered include: 

  • finding families that align with your values and appreciate your skills

  • determine the appropriate hourly rate for your skills and experience

  • preparing for interviews

  • creating and signing a contract, with examples

  • getting paid over the table

  • working as a fluid, respectful team with parents, other nannies, and household staff

  • saying goodbye to the child and family when the time comes

This is a half day workshop taught the day after my RIE® Nurturing Nanny course. You can attend both Nurturing Nanny and the Career Skills workshop, or you can attend one or the other. The price for this workshop is $175 when taken alone. Attend both the course and the workshop for a $40 discount!

The next workshop will be August 30th. Register now to reserve your spot!

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop will be held entirely online via Zoom, on August 30th, 10am-1pm PST. 

RIE Nurturing Nanny + Career Skills for Nannies
Register for the certified RIE® Nurturing Nanny™ course, the Career Skills Workshop, or both.
Aug 01, 10:00 AM PDT – Aug 30, 1:00 PM PDT

If the current class is full, you may sign up for a waiting list for the next available spot. 

Respectful Caregiving

Christina Vlinder

San Francisco Bay Area

Education for Nannies and Parents

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