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

What is class like?

This course is taught in a mixed format that includes four weeks of independent study, recorded lectures, online discussion, and live Zoom instruction.


Zoom Classes

We will be using Zoom for our live (synchronous) class hours. In order to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to give the course your full attention and to have your video on to demonstrate that engagement. You should expect the Zoom sessions to be interactive and full of discussion, questions, and group activities.

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A Group Learning Experience

You will learn in a cohort of your peers, with time spent in large and small group discussion. Small groups are arranged so that students with similar interests are in the same groups and get to know each other over time. This course is intentionally kept small at 10-14 participants, so you will have ample opportunity to come to know your fellow students as you learn together throughout the course. ​

Assignments & Online Discussion Forum

Each week you will have one short assignment. Your assignments will be posted in our private online discussion forum. Here are some example assignments:​

  • Share thoughts from your independent study book

  • Practice techniques for respectful care with a child or adult in your life

  • Watch and discuss a 30 minute recorded lecture

  • Prepare a five-minute presentation of a concept for your small group

A Reasonable Time Commitment

You can expect to devote a total of 3-6 hours per week to this course, including Zoom discussion, assignments, reading, and videos. You can expect to spend:

  • 1.5 hours in a live Zoom class, doing group activities and participating in discussion

  • 1.5 hours watching prerecorded lectures and other videos independently 

  • 1-3 hours on reading and assignments

You may complete work early to distribute the time needed to complete the course.

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Tuition & What's Included

Your registration for the online course includes:

  • directed assignments

  • 6 hours of live online instruction via Zoom

  • 6 hours of recorded lecture and other videos (approximately 1.5 hours 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 my official list of RIE® Nurturing Nannies™, which families and nanny agencies reference when placing nannies for families that use this approach

You Will Also Need

There are a few required textbooks and other materials that you will need to participate in the course:

...and one additional text 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. 

Tuition: $400 USD
Limited needs-based financial assistance is available. Students may pay in nonrefundable installments upon request.

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. 

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 alignment to your caregiving team. All families that pay for their nanny's registration will receive a free 15-minute consulting session where you can share your nanny's strengths and areas of desired 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

Summer 2022

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Zoom sessions on four Saturdays in August.

August 6, 13, 20, 27

10:00am - 12:00 noon Pacific Time

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Course Full

Winter 2023

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Zoom sessions on four Sundays in February.

February 5, 12, 19, 26

10:00am - 12:00 noon Pacific Time

Registration opens Fall 2022. Waitlisted participants gets 2 weeks of priority registration. 

Summer 2023

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Zoom sessions on four Sundays in June.

June 4, 11, 18, 25

10:00am - 12:00 noon Pacific Time

Registration opens in Winter 2023. Waitlisted participants gets 2 weeks of priority registration. 

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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