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

Please note, this course is for nannies only. Parents, you are welcome to register on behalf of your nanny! Let me know if you yourself are seeking knowledge about this approach, and I will guide you to the appropriate course. 

Modern, Online Format

This course will be taught online until the COVID-19 pandemic completely resolves. This course is taught in a mixed format that includes independent study, online discussion, and live Zoom instruction, and is scheduled to make it possible for nannies in many time zones to attend.

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

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

  • Listen to and discuss a 20 minute audio recording

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

You can expect your assignments take 1-3 hours per week including discussion. Students may complete work early to distribute the time needed to complete the course.


This course will be taught online until the COVID-19 pandemic completely resolves. Please check back at that time for details on in-person courses. 

In the meantime, we will be using Zoom for our class hours. 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. 

Tuition & What's Included

Your registration for the online course includes:

  • directed assignments

  • 12 hours of live online instruction via Zoom

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

  • a certificate of completion, with a professional design printed on heavy paper to demonstrate the value of your education to future employers

  • 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: $365

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."

Upcoming RIE Nurturing Nanny Courses

March 2021 - Online

Zoom sessions on Sundays in March

March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
10am-1pm PST. Click each date to check for your time zone.

Registration Deadline: Feb. 16th

Fall 2021

September, 2021. Registration will open Summer, 2021.


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

Winter 2022

January or February 2022. Registration will open Fall 2021.


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

If the current class is full, you may put yourself on the waiting list for the next available spot. 

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 nannies 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 nannies to attend. By contributing to this fund, you are sponsoring a nanny to learn about RIE®. 100% of what you donate will be used for scholarships for my RIE Nurturing Nanny course. 

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


Respectful Caregiving

Christina Vlinder

San Francisco Bay Area

Education for Nannies and Parents

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