How to List Nanny Experience on a Professional Resume

Are you all set to apply for a job after completing your studies or gaining initial experience? Or are you looking to apply for additional jobs related to babysitting to increase your chances of securing a job?

Whatever the case may be, let’s see how you can include nanny experience on the resume so it looks professional.

In a nutshell, add a section in your resume and title it as ‘experience’ where you list all your experience as a nanny.

Make sure to mention the date at which you started and the date you ended. The resume should also include key responsibilities and duties you performed during a particular tenure.

Other than this, make sure to mention any skills that make you stand out, such as CPR or having certification in First Aid.

Considering that working as a professional nanny is a not-so-traditional job, it can be tricky to include it in resumes.

A common misconception is that it’s an entry-level job. However, the skills you acquire while working as a nanny are transferable to other jobs you apply for in the coming future.

Let’s discuss how you can add your experience of working as a nanny to your resume. At the same time, we’ll explain how to do it, so you impress recruiters.

Experience section

After you talk about your qualification, make sure to add an “Experience” section and add a subtitle “Babysitter or Nanny.”

Make it a point to mention the city and state where you provided your services. Similarly, include the city and state/province where you provided babysitting services, as well as the date range that you worked as a babysitter.

For instance:


Houston, Texas

A general tip

Recruiters don’t find the candidate to be credible when their resume lists too many jobs within a short timeframe of a few months.

Sure, you may have your reasons to jump and switch between several jobs, the recruiter might take it as a warning sign. Consequently, they may not hire you.

And so, the best deal is to list all your experiences by combining them into one job. To put it simply, instead of mentioning each job as an individual, we suggest you lump all of them into one under a time bracket.

It is better to play safe rather than putting yourself in an awkward position. You don’t want to find yourself defending your name during the interview by listing all of the jobs.

Other relevant job titles

Since babysitting or nanny both comes off as a tad unprofessional, we suggest you look and swap it for other relevant job titles, such as Child Caregiver or governess.

This not only sounds professional but is also an accurate representation of what you do.

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Talk about the responsibilities

First and foremost, make sure to read through the job description thoroughly so that you know where to make the tweaks in your resume.

To ensure that your resume is easy to read and engaging, use bullets and action verbs.

For instance, if you are looking to apply for a teaching job, you should talk about any academic assistance you have provided while working as a nanny.

If you have helped the child with homework or helped them with conceptual understanding, make sure to mention it all.

You can also talk about child psychology or behavior management methods you acquired and utilized throughout your job as a nanny.

Also, make sure to list the ages of children you have supervised so that a recruiter could relate.

Add the “Skills” section

After you finish talking about your experiences and education, add a separate section, and title it “skills.”

Here, you can talk about additional skills you have but can’t go under the Experience section.

This could include any certifications and courses related to babysitting or the current job opening you plan to apply for. In addition to this, the section does not necessarily have to be about certified skills only.

If you have no official certifications to quote, you can highlight your experiences, such as providing care to a child with disabilities, such as Down syndrome.

If you have command over different languages, make it a point to mention them. However, make sure you are fluent enough for recruiters to consider you bilingual or multilingual.

Other than this, you can also mention some of your soft skills. This could be time management, excellent communication skills, multitasking, ability to adapt, or problem-solving skills.

Add references

We suggest you add a separate page to your resume carrying references if it is already full.

However, it is best to somehow manage and list them in your resume for the recruiter’s convenience. After all, nobody likes to deal with a lot of papers!

Ensure that you have picked the best of your references as they can play quite a role when looking for a job in the childcare industry.

Speaking of this, mention the relationship you share with them in addition to contact details and email ID.

We hope now you know how you can list your nanny experience! To sum up, make sure that you have mentioned your full and accurate contact information at the top of the resume.

Marissa Letendre, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Marissa Letendre is a senior HR leader and resume expert with over 12 years of experience. She has worked for both startups and Fortune 50 corporations and has helped thousands land jobs at top companies. Marissa has written on a wide range of topics, including employee engagement, career development, resumes, job searching, recruiting, and organizational effectiveness and has been featured on sites such as Slack and The Undercover Recruiter.

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