Nannying For The Child With Special Needs

Our guest post today comes from International Nanny Association

As modern families continue to grow, they have become more prone to hiring professional, experienced nannies to support the day-to-day management of their busy households. As a result, Nanny and Parent FAQnanny roles have become much more complex and integral to the family dynamic than ever before. Nannies are expected to be more deeply involved in the physical and emotional development of the children, along with managing the basic needs of the kids.

Given the high demand, nannies have become more skilled in how to take care of varying types of children in multiple situations. Furthering their knowledge and continuing their education to include specializations and certifications, today’s modern nanny is well-versed in the intricacies of childcare.

Children with Special Needs

Families who have children with special needs often face different challenges than other families, and as they grow together they develop effective ways to best support and nurture their kids. Families with differently abled children often develop a dynamic support system to ensure that all members of the family are well cared for, respected, challenged, and loved.

As a result of generally busy lifestyles, this amazing family support system is not always available to the families in need of support, so this is where exceptionally talented nannies come in and play a gigantic role.

A nanny for a child with special needs is typically more skilled and often has more experience than their peers.  Children with special needs can have varying communication abilities, dietary concerns, or behavioral differences, depending on the specific situation. No two kids are alike, so although personal experience is extremely helpful for nannies wishing to work with differently abled young ones, it is essential to approach each situation with an open mind and desire to identify what is best for that specific family and child.

Continue reading for more information on skills, training and more. 


The professionals at TLC Family Care personally assist nannies, babysitters and families in St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Charlotte, Miami and Orlando to find the right childcare arrangement. Our mission is to provide a safe and personalized  approach for families and caregivers to connect with each other that is not an internet search. TLC has worked with families, nannies, sitters, newborn care providers, and tutors for over 35 years and looks forward to working with you! To find great nanny and babysitting jobs visit us at or Call 314-725-5660.

Taking Care of Your Infant This Fall

Even if your little ones are not going back to school they can still get sick this fall.  

Here are a few things you can do to prevent an illness in your newborn.

1. Flu shots: everyone in your household over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. This will minimize the risk that your infant will get sick, since we cannot give the shot to children under 6 months.

2. Whooping cough shots: there is currently an epidemic of whooping cough in some areas of the US. While mostly annoying it sometimes can be debilitating to older children and adults with several weeks of a relentless cough, but to an infant it can be fatal.  Most of us have been immunized as children, but immunity wears off over the following decades. The vast majority of cases in infants come from parents. Everyone over 10 years including parents, grandparents, caregivers and anyone else in contact with your infant should get the booster shot now. Your family doctor or pediatrician, an urgent care or clinic can give it.

3. Clean hands: Wash your hands frequently throughout the day.  Also, ask anyone who comes in contact with your infant to clean their hands first.  Stopping the spreading of germs is one of the best ways to keep you baby healthy this Fall.

TLC for Kids Newborn Specialists are available to take care of your little one’s this Fall.  Our Specialists are trained to give the highest quality care to newborns.  They are also available to help teach newborn care to the parents.

Please visit our website for more information on our Newborn Services.


The professionals at TLC Family Care personally assist nannies, babysitters and families in St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Charlotte, Miami and Orlando to find the right childcare arrangement. Our mission is to provide a safe and personalized  approach for families and caregivers to connect with each other that is not an internet search. TLC has worked with families, nannies, sitters, newborn care providers, and tutors for over 35 years and looks forward to working with you! To find great nanny and babysitting jobs visit us at or Call 314-725-5660.

TLC Announces Nanny Training Affiliation

TLC Founder Sharon Graff Radell announces Nanny Training affiliation with Foundation Practice for Nannies, a CACHE Endorsed Learning Program.  Nanny Training Logo

Foundation Practice for Nannies is a CACHE Endorsed Learning Program designed by award-winning nanny and recognized industry expert Michelle LaRowe. The course consists of 13 lessons designed specifically for nannies and covers topics including child development, health and safety, nutrition, creating optimal environments for children cared for by nannies, professionalism, and unique situations nannies face. Each lesson has an introductory video, course content, resources, and a quiz. Once all lesson quizzes are completed, students can access the final exam. Upon passing the final exam, a joint certificate from Nanny Stella, Inc. and will be accessible immediately and available for download. A CACHE certificate will be requested and mailed directly to the student at the mailing address provided.

How Long Does It Take?

The course typically takes 15 to 30 hours to complete. It is taken completely online and students progress at their own pace.

What is CACHE?

CACHE is a UK based organization that was established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB). The board set the syllabus for the first national examination which took place in 1947. In 1994, the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE. In 2001, they incorporated the National Association for Maternal and Child Welfare and in 2015, they became part of NCFE.

TLC Nannies: purchase your Foundation Practice for Nannies here and use code tlcnannies to take 10% off your purchase price! Please note, for nannies who opt to do a payment plan, no discount is available and no code can be entered.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at or 314-725-5660

Nanny Training in Today’s Job Market

Being a nanny is a very rewarding career. With more people entering the in-home childcare field the competition for jobs is getting harder. One way to stand out above the rest is to participate in nanny training. Keeping your skills set current leads to job security.  Remember a good nanny is invaluable to a family!

TLC for Kids requires all nannies to be CPR and First-Aid certified. TLC also recommends taking continuing education courses in Childcare and Early Childhood Development.

A few in-home childcare organizations offer nanny training. Read the blog by Homework Solutions to learn more. Consider attending Nannypalooza West or Nannypalooza East this year, or maybe NAEYC is favorite. Don’t forget online options including Nanny Coaching Team, Nanny Care Hub, or


Swaddling your newborn has important benefits!

As the director of our Newborn Care Program at TLC Family Care, I am asked many questions about infant care. I hear a lot of questions about the importance of swaddling. Last night I had the opportunity to attend the Certified Newborn Specialist and Postpartum Doula training through Parenting Resources in St. Louis. swaddling a newbornDuring class, I learned how to properly swaddle a baby using the “nurses swaddle” technique. My instincts and previous training about swaddling were confirmed; swaddling your baby can make a huge impact on the happiness of your baby and the amount of sleep you and your baby will get in the first few weeks and months of life. 
A good swaddle can keep your baby from being disturbed or wakened by her own startle reflex which causes her to wake up no matter how tired she is. Newborn babies can be swaddled anywhere from 18-20 hours per day and sleep 38% better than newborn babies that are not swaddled. You should swaddle your baby within hours of giving birth and continue to do so until they are approximately four months old or starting to roll over, whichever comes first. 
As a parent, I knew that swaddling is encouraged by doctors and nurses but I am not sure I truly understood the benefits until now. I would recommend everyone learning how to swaddle correctly and do it often. It can be a lifesaver. 
During the next few weeks, I will be sharing more helpful hints regarding the care of newborns! Stay tuned.

Don't Forgot About The Newborn Specialist Training!

Don’t forget the Advanced Newborn Care Specialist Intensive Training Weekend September 9 – 11, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Dulles Airport in Herndon, VA, located just outside Washington, DC.

This a great way for Miami Newborn Specialists to gain some specific training in working with newborns. In order to operate at the top of your game and be in demand, you must be knowledgeable about the current trends in apps and technology, evidence based knowledge and emerging trends in the Newborn Care industry.

Special pricing is still available.

Click here for registration details!

TLC Family Care has experienced Newborn Specialists available to help with your newborn needs.  Call us at 305-256-5905 or visit our website for more information.

Newborn Specialist Training

We are excited to share with everyone a Newborn Nanny Specialist training being offered in September.  This is a great way for nannies to gain more



SEPTEMBER 9 – 11, 2016


Join us in Washington, DC for our
Advanced NCS Intensive Training Weekend. 
Topics Will Include:

  • Advanced Sleep Conditioning Techniques
  • Advanced Infant Feeding: the science behind breast-milk, formula and alternatives, plus working with babies with cleft palate, babies on feeding tubes and other specialty devices
  • Infant Brain Development and how sleep, nutrition and environment impact newborn brain development
  • Working with Premature Babies
  • Special Needs Car Seat Use for Preemies
  • Working with Multiples-twins, triplets and more!
  •  Working for High Profile Clients
  • Alternative Care Options for Common Infant Ailments
  • Difficulties in the NCS world and how to handle them
  • Better Business Practices

Included in your registration:

v Awesome weekend of teaching and networking with some of the best of the best
v Lunch on Saturday & Sunday
v Welcome Reception Friday Night, plus much more!

BONUS Material: 

  • Access to our PRIVATE NCS & Mentoring Facebook Group
  • Comprehensive Training Workbook

This class REQUIRES (minimum one of the below items): 

  •  Prior NCS Training – NCS Foundational class OR NCS approved training course (instructor approval required) + minimum 1 NCS job
  • Postpartum Doula Training plus at least one Postpartum Doula client with hands on baby care
  • 3 years equivalent experience as NCS or PPD and instructor approval
  • Applicants must submit their resume or training certificate via email to with Advanced Training-Washington DC in the Subject Line.

How to Become A Newborn Care Specialist

Have you thought about becoming a Newborn Care Specialist or a Postpartum Doula? Many nannies have decided to become more specialized in the field of newborn care. Working as a newborn specialist is a fulfilling job for those who love infants and enjoying educating and supporting new parents as they adjust to their baby.

Newborn care specialists are up-to-date on the latest techniques for swaddling, colic, breastfeeding, sleep and more. They not only help nurture and care for precious newborns they help build confidence in new parents caring for their little ones. First time parents need the help and advice that a professional can offer. But, we all know no two babies are the same! Newborn specialists are also needed to help families with more than one child. What worked to calm one baby might not work to calm a sibling.

If you are interested in becoming a newborn care specialist there are training courses for nannies, nurses, babysitters or anyone interested in becoming a Newborn Care Specialist. There are many places to get started. First consider classes taught at local hospitals and colleges. After you get your feet wet and feel this is something you really want to do check out some of the following online courses that we think would be a beneficial. Courses like these are a good investment into your future. With a certification like this you could get newborn work making $17-$25/hr!

Newborn Care Specialist Association:   The NCSA is a international association dedicated to the professional Newborn Care Specialist. It has been developed to oversee ongoing education in the field of newborn care. Their continuing education providers are designed to educate using the most up-to-date skills in this profession. It is the association’s desire for these higher standards of care to spread across the country and raise the bar in this industry.

Gentle Ventures Training Center: Gentle Ventures is the number one rated, research based training center in the nation for newborn care.   They were the first to begin teaching on line and  have trained most of the teachers of other newborn care classes.   To see a sample of their teaching please watch a little bit of their first class. 

TLC for Kids is always looking for certified Newborn Care Specialists to join our team.  If you are interested in working for TLC visit our website at

What to Bring to a Nanny Interview

So you’ve gone through the TLC for Kids application process, and you’re moving on to interviewing with families! Interviews can be a scary part of the process, so we’ve gathered a few tips on what to bring and how best to represent yourself!






  •  Prepare ahead of time.
  • Review any information you have about the family or the job before the interview, so it is fresh in your mind and you can show that you did your homework. Also look back over your resume and application, and brainstorm your answers to common or expected questions about your past experience and your nannying style.

    • Make a good first impression.

    Be on time, dress professionally, shake hands, make eye contact, and don’t forget to smile! Nannying is about connecting with the parents as well as the kids.

    • Come prepared.

    Bring activity ideas – from past experience or tailor-made for this family – and be ready to brainstorm more possibilities as you learn more about the kids throughout the interview

    • Connect with the kids.

    If you’re interviewing in the home, ask to meet the children and spend a few minutes getting to know them. This will show the family that you are ready and excited to get started.

    • Ask your questions!

    Parents will like to see that you thought about the job enough to have your own questions and concerns. Don’t be too shy to ask about specific needs the kids have, any additional responsibilities outside of childcare, their typical daily schedule, or any other things you’re curious about.

    • Follow up.

    Parents lead busy, hectic lives! A written or emailed thank-you note can go a long way – especially if it emphasizes a couple of things that got you excited and made you realize how perfect this job will be for you.

    Good luck!

National Nanny Training Day

National Nanny Training Day is April 12th.  TLC is happy to be hosting this event for  nannies in St. Louis.

TLC for Kids St. Louis

This year we have two great seminars planned for St. Louis nannies.

The first one is “How to Live your Life Well.”  This seminar, led by a mental health expert, offers practical tools on how to increase mental well being and manage everyday life.

The second seminar is  “Music and Movement.”  Led by a music educator, this seminar teaches caregivers how to incorporate music and crafts into your daily routine caring for kids.  For all ages!

Please join us for these fun and educational seminars.  To learn more and register for the National Nanny Training Day in St. Louis click here.


We look forward to seeing you!