How to Write a Nanny Resume

When drafting a resume for nanny positions, you want to show you can keep children safe and healthy while highlighting what sets you apart from other applicants. This isn’t your typical job search — the recipient of your resume isn’t a recruiter or hiring manager, but a parent or guardian highly invested in finding the right person to help raise their children. So it’s especially important to write a resume that makes a good first impression and shows your relevant skillset. The tips and examples below will help you do just that.

  • Entry-level
  • Mid-career
  • Senior-level
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1. Write a brief summary of your nanny qualifications

The Profile section should briefly summarize your years of nanny experience and any related training or certifications you have. As safety is critical to your work, make sure you mention it as a strength in your Profile. This section is also a good place to describe your overall childcare approach or philosophy. Give details that overlap with the position you’re applying to – for instance, you could specify whether you focus on explorative play and low-tech entertainment or can provide tutoring and other education during care hours.

Senior-Level Profile Example


Nanny with 10+ years of experience. Skilled at working with parents to set clear weekly schedules and build a safe, positive home environment. Committed to supporting parents’ educational and disciplinary goals for each child. Offer live-in or live-out flexibility.

Entry-Level Profile Example


Dedicated Nanny with nearly two years of experience. Create engaging activities that incorporate learning through play and build children’s social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Highly organized and attentive in caring for multiple children at once, with strong practical knowledge of safe feeding and bathing practices.

2. Add your nanny experience with compelling examples

View the Experience section as a chance to give examples of your success providing quality, home-based childcare. Under each past nannying job, cite the number of children you cared for and their ages. Also list the main ways you promoted a safe and healthy home environment, such as preparing meals, helping with school projects, or organizing fun games and art activities.

Senior-Level Professional Experience Example


Full-Time Nanny, The Smith Family, Rye, NH | February 2019 to Present

Contact: Art and Tamara Smith, [email protected]

  • Care for two boys, ages 7 and 9
  • Help both children complete their homework assignments nightly
  • Prepare and serve healthy, balanced meals accounting for each child’s food allergies
  • Coordinate trips to local parks, zoos, and museums
  • Safely transport children to and from school, playdates, medical appointments, and extracurricular activities
  • Perform light housekeeping duties

Entry-Level Professional Experience Example


Nanny, The Dupre Family, Wellesley, MA | July 2021 to Present

Contact: Jesse and Roy Dupre, [email protected]

  • Supervise 3 children when their parents are at work or on vacation
  • Prepare balanced and healthy meals, closely following parents’ instructions
  • Engage children with fun indoor and outdoor activities
  • Help maintain a tidy house by doing laundry and sweeping and vacuuming floors as needed
  • Pick up children from school and take them to after-school activities

3. Include education and certifications relevant to nanny roles

Parents and guardians seek nannies with plenty of up-to-date childcare knowledge. If you have a degree or training in child education or a similar subject, be sure to feature that on your resume and include the date if it was recent. But if your degree didn’t pertain to childcare, consider adding bullet points on what you learned that would still apply to the position. Also include any relevant certifications (such as CPR or first aid) to show parents you’d provide safe, quality care of their children.

Certifications

Template

  • [Certification Name], [Awarding Organization], [Completion Year]

Example

  • First Aid and CPR, American Red Cross, 2022

Education

Template

  • [Degree Name], [School Name], [City, State Abbreviation] – [Graduation Year]
  • [Child-focused courses and other relevant assignments]

Example

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire (UNH), Durham, NH – 2013

Add a Key Skills section to show the various ways you can support children’s health and wellbeing. To help you get started on this section, we’ve included a list of common key skills for nannies below.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Activity Planning & Scheduling Child Development
Child Hygiene & Cleanliness Conflict Resolution
Creative Problem-Solving Early Childhood Education
Healthy Meal Planning & Preparation Homework Assistance
Household Management Montessori
Parent & Guardian Communications Playtime Facilitation
Positive Discipline Safety & First Aid
Task Prioritization Time Management
Waldorf Work Scheduling

5. Consider adding details on your professional references

With resumes, there’s an exception to every rule. Case in point: You may have been told to omit references on your resume, but this rule doesn’t apply to nannies since positive references are often key to their overall candidacy. For any family you’ve worked for that’s agreed to be a reference, feel free to give their name and contact info in your Experience section. That way prospective employers can reach out to them and learn more directly about your work ethic and childcare skills.

How to Pick the Best Nanny Resume Template

A template can help you visualize what your nanny resume should look like based on your goals and experience. Feel free to choose one with a bit of color and personality, but make sure it’s still clean, simple, and organized. Parents and guardians should be able to see at a glance whether you have the skills and background to fit their family’s needs.

Nanny Text-Only Resume Templates and Examples

  • Entry-level
  • Mid-career
  • Senior-level

Helen Barrett
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Main Street, Boston, MA 12345

Profile

Reliable Nanny with nearly 10 years of experience. Consistently praised by client families for warmth, dedication, and professionalism in a fast-paced home setting. Skilled at organizing children’s daily schedules for meals, school, and recreational activities. Effectively engage with children at different developmental stages.

Key Skills

  • Child Development & Psychology
  • Conflict Management & Resolution
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Meal Planning & Preparation
  • Parent & Guardian Communications
  • Task Prioritization
  • Time Management

Professional Experience

Live-in Nanny, The Brown Family, Boston, MA | September 2018 to Present

Contact: Cecilia and Ronald Brown, [email protected] 

  • Care for two girls, ages 6 and 9
  • Prepare safe, balanced meals accounting for 9-year-old’s wheat allergy
  • Organize fun, educational games and activities, both indoors and outdoors
  • Run errands including grocery shopping and dry cleaning pickup
  • Meet with parents regularly to discuss upcoming events or changes in weekly schedule

Nanny, The Johnson Family, Newton, MA | September 2013 to August 2018

Contact: Erika and Neal Johnson, 098-765-4321

  • Cared for three boys, ages 2, 5, and 7
  • Engaged children in fun educational activities to support their social, emotional, and behavioral development
  • Drove children to and from school, as well as various after-school activities and playdates
  • Prepared and served dinners according to parents’ specifications

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire (UNH), Durham, NH | 2013

  • Degree program included part-time student teaching in a kindergarten classroom
  • Excelled at planning lessons pertaining to language development
  • Planned activities designed to foster children’s social skills

Certifications

First Aid and CPR, American Red Cross

Frequently Asked Questions: Nanny Resume Examples and Advice

What are common action verbs for nanny resumes?+

You may find it hard to generate unique verbs for each bullet point on your resume, especially if you’ve held similar nanny roles. The list below can give you some fresh ideas and help you find a good mix of action verbs on your nanny resume.

Action Verbs
Adapted Cared for
Cleaned Coordinated
Created Documented
Dressed Drove
Encouraged Engaged
Enhanced Ensured
Established Facilitated
Fostered Generated
Guided Helped
Improved Led
Maintained Managed
Monitored Nurtured
Observed Organized
Performed Prepared
Promoted Protected
Provided Read
Resolved Sanitized
Secured Strengthened
Supervised Supported
Taught Transported

How do you align your resume with a job posting?+

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs for childcare workers will increase by about six percent between 2021 and 2031. This growth rate is roughly the same as the average for all US occupations.

Whenever you’re applying for a nanny job, make sure you tailor your resume to the job posting. To do this, go through the posting and note the key skills or requirements listed. You should try to use any of these keywords that overlap with your background in order to indicate you’re a good fit. For example, if a job posting calls for someone with a bachelor’s degree in childhood education and a teaching license, you can pull these elements in. However, you can also use shorter keywords like “outdoor play” or “school-age children” to help your resume more closely match the position.

What is the best nanny resume format?+

In nearly all cases, you should use a Combination (or Hybrid) resume, because it’s easiest for parents to learn about your childcare skills and experience – it’s also easiest for you to align with your job goals.

With the Combination format, you highlight your most relevant skills and experience in your Experience or Work History section and an intro section. (This combination of work history and intro content is where the format gets its name.) Your resume intro should include a Profile summary and Key Skills section, and you may also add a Career Highlights or Awards section. By carefully choosing the details for these intro sections, you can (a) position yourself for your target job and (b) give employers a clear, quick view of what you offer.

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Expert Advice
Include a cover letter with your resume

Nannies work very closely with families, so writing a cover letter can help you start that personal connection and ensure you’re not just another name in the pile. See our cover letter guide for examples and tips on this key job search document.

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Jacob Meade

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, ACRW)

Jacob Meade is a resume writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience. His writing method centers on understanding and then expressing each person’s unique work history and strengths toward their career goal. Jacob has enjoyed working with jobseekers of all ages and career levels, finding that a clear and focused resume can help people from any walk of life. He is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) with the Resume Writing Academy, and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

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