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, 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

  • 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. 

Assignments & Online Discussion Forum

This course includes an online component to allow time to reflect on what you are learning. 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 20-40 minutes per week including discussion. 


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 handbook from a digital copy, and to order their 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. Thank you, Peaceful Learning, for supporting education for nannies!

Limited needs-based financial assistance is also available.

Upcoming Courses

August 2020 - Online

Zoom sessions on Sundays in August

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


October 2020 - Online

Zoom sessions on Sundays in October

October 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th


Registration Deadline: Sept. 18th

January 2021 - Online

Registration will open in Fall 2020.


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 from two successful career nannies, Kristen Ring and Christina Vlinder, in this half-day workshop. There will be ample time for questions and one-on-one advice. 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

  • determining the appropriate hourly rate for your education and experience

  • developing a professional resume

  • preparing for interviews

  • creating a contract, with examples

  • getting paid over the table to secure your financial future

  • 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 usually scheduled to follow the RIE® Nurturing Nanny courses. The price for this workshop is $175 when taken alone. Students who have taken or are currently registered for a Nurturing Nanny course are eligible for a $40 discount. 

RIE Nurturing Nanny
Register for the October course

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

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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