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Looking after children comes with its own set of responsibilities, but if you love their energy, enthusiasm and aptitude for learning, then being a professional nanny or childcare provider could be the ideal career for you.

Not only can a childcare course prepare you for working in a private family home, but you could learn more about child psychology, protecting young people at risk and ensuring their health and safety while in your care. It can also provide you with opportunities to develop your career in other childcare sectors, including education or counselling.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our childcare courses online, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk
    • What is child abuse?
    • Protecting the child
    • Report indications of the possible risk of harm
    • Apply ethical and nurturing practices in working with children
    2Ensure the Health and Safety of Children
    • Maintain a clean and hygienic environment
    • Recognise and respond to signs of potential illness
    • Provide a safe environment
    • Supervise the safety of children
    • Travel with children safely
    • Administer medication within guidelines
    • Manage and respond to allergy / anaphylaxis
    3Provide Care for Children
    • Provide physical care
    • Create opportunities for children to develop their understanding of physical needs
    • Establish an environment that encourages children to complete tasks themselves
    • Respond to the emotional needs of children
    4Child Psychology
    5Contribute to Provision of Nutritionally Balanced Food
    • Childhood nutrition
    • Encouraging healthy eating
    • Planning nutritious menus
    • Safe food handling
    6Support the Development of Children
    • Support the physical development of children
    • Support the social development of children
    • Support the emotional and psychological development of children of the same age
    • Support the language, creative & cognitive development of children
    7Interact Effectively with Children
    • Communicate positively with children on an ongoing basis
    • Promote positive behaviour
    • Collaborate with children about their interests
    • Support children in learning about the decision-making process
    8Provide Experiences to Support Children’s Play and Learning
    • Children’s play and leisure
    • Developmentally appropriate play activities
    • Facilitate children’s play and leisure
    9Develop an Understanding of Children’s Interests and Developmental Needs
    • Gather information about the child through observation
    • Gather information about the child from secondary sources
    • Record observation of interests and needs appropriately
    • Use observations and information gathered to understand the child and contribute to program planning
    10First Aid and OHS Processes
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our online nanny courses. For example, you will:

    • Have the chance to begin your career as a professional nanny within a few months
    • Study an industry-recognised course that was designed by senior professionals who work in the childcare sector
    • Make the most of online learning, without the need to spend time or money travelling to classes
    • Complete the course at your own pace in your own time
    • Work alongside a personal tutor who will answer your questions and help you through the course
    • Get a 10% discount off the total course fee when you pay upfront. Alternatively, you can spread the cost with weekly interest-free payments

    Enrol on our online childcare courses today to launch your new career as a professional nanny.

  • Career Prospects

    Being a professional nanny and looking after other people’s children can be a particularly rewarding job, especially if you love working with kids. Skills and personality traits that are important should you wish to work successfully as a nanny and childcare provider include:

    • A love of children
    • Patience and a calm attitude
    • Excellent organisation and communication
    • The ability to discipline children when necessary
    • An understanding of how children think and behave
    • Flexibility and openness to change
    • The ability to work on your own and unsupervised
    • Willingness to accept responsibility

    Generally, nannies are expected to work in the home of their employer and may have certain expectations or tasks that they must complete on a day-to-day basis. This could include:

    • Driving the children to and from school or extra-curricular activities
    • Feeding them throughout the day and preparing healthy snacks or foods
    • Playing with them and keeping them occupied
    • Planning creative play and activities that will be fun as well as educational
    • Taking them on days out or to social events
    • Keeping their room and their belongings neat and tidy
    • Supervising them at all times
    • Ensuring they’re safe from risks and hazards in the home (sharp cutlery, cleaning solutions, etc).
    • Teaching them basic life skills, such as baking or good hygiene

    The tasks that will be set for you could change depending on what your employer expects from you. For instance, some employers may require you to cook tea for the children each evening, whereas some parents may be home from work in time to do this task themselves.

    As well as studying on a programme such as ICI’s online nanny course to become a childcare professional, it can be beneficial to have a clean driver’s licence so that you can transport the children around. Anyone who works or volunteers with children must go through Garda vetting before working with children.

    Other roles that you may be able to get involved in after completing a childcare course include childminding or even teaching, though extra qualifications may be required.

    Demand for childcare experts is strong and there are employment opportunities nationwide and internationally.

  • Course Levels Explained

    Executive Diploma

    This course leads to the awarding of an Executive Diploma. This kind of qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our childcare course.

    So what are you waiting for? If you want to start your new career as a professional nanny, enrol on our online learning programme today to get started.

  • Course Length

    Our students complete this online nanny course in an average of 24 weeks.

    The benefit of an online course is that you can complete it in your own time. This time period, therefore, is just an average and the course may take you longer than this if you have other work or family commitments to consider. This is absolutely fine – in fact, you have up to three years to complete the childcare course, so you don’t need to rush through the programme. Alternatively, you could fast track your learning and graduate within a few months. The choice is yours.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    You can become a professional nanny without having to physically attend your classes. This ICI course can be completed via distance learning (also known as correspondence learning), which means the class is 100% online. Dive into aspects of the course in your free time without having to spend time or money travelling. This gives you the freedom to study whenever and wherever you wish, anywhere in the world. You will always have your personal tutor on hand to provide advice and answer questions.

    Our online childcare course has been designed to be highly practical and engaging, making completing the lessons and assignments a rewarding experience.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    ICI is also a member of the International Nanny Association (INA). The INA is a not-for-profit organisation that was initially established in 1985 and is the global industry body for nannies across the world. The first INA conference included agency owners, nannies and nanny educators from the UK, Australia, the US, Canada and more. Today, it remains an association that is committed to educating new nanny professionals and supporting childcare providers.

    Our online childcare course takes both a theoretical and practical approach to ensure you get the most out of your learning experience. It was written in conjunction with industry professionals to help fast track you into your nannying career.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Perhaps you already have some childcare training or are currently working as a nanny. If this is the case, our programme could still be relevant for you. You could take the course to update your existing knowledge and skills or to learn something new about your job role.

    As long as the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities, you can claim back the course fees as a tax deduction.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our online childcare course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipPN)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.