NannyUp: Session 1 Documents

This page contains links to documents you need to create a Nanny Portfolio and to find a nanny job online. 

You’ll find the Session 1 presentation in English here

You’ll find the Session 1 presentation in Spanish here

The Session 1 NannyUp evaluation form is here.


Creating a Nanny Portfolio

The following sections describe what to include in your Nanny Portfolio. You can find the Nanny Portfolio checklist here. (It is a Word document that will appear on your computer screen.)

Cover Letter (Required) 

Your cover letter introduces you to your employer.

Here is an example of an effective cover letter. You can edit this to create your own cover letter. (It is a Word document that will appear on your computer screen.)

You can find more information about writing cover letters here

The following sections provides specific information on what to include in your cover letter.

Paragraph 1 

  • State the position you are applying for. 

  • A brief summary of your experience. 

  • Respond to the requirements of the job. For example, if the child has special needs, talk about your experience with special needs children. If the parents want a bilingual nanny, talk about your language capabilities. 

Paragraph 2

Give more details about your work as a Nanny.

  • What makes you a good Nanny?

  • What kind of activities do you like to do with children?

  • What do you children think of you? (For example, “The children I take care of  love me because they say I am a lot of fun and I also am a good teacher.”)

Paragraph 3

Explain why you are looking for a new job or, if you’re not working now, why you’re not working.

Paragraph 4

Say “Thank you for your consideration” or something similar. 

You can find more information about writing cover letters here. 

Resume (Required) 

It is very important to have an up-to-date resume that includes all of your skills. Here is a link to an article about how to write an effective nanny resume

Here is an example of an effective nanny resume. (This is a Word document that will appear on your computer screen). Modify this document to create your own resume.

College Transcript (Required) 

Your college transcripts shows your employer that you are a hardworking college student. You can get a free unofficial transcript from Cañada College.

To obtain an unofficial college transcript 

  1. Log into WebSmart.

  2. In the Student Services section, choose Student Records. 

  3. Choose Request Unofficial Transcript.

  4. Follow the directions. 

  5. When you receive your Unofficial Transcript, print it and put it in your Nanny Portfolio. 

Drivers License (Optional)

If you have a driver’s license, take a photo of it, print it, and put it in your Nanny Portfolio. 

Letter of Recommendation (Optional) 

When you include a letter of recommendation in your Nanny Portfolio, you are demonstrating that you are a responsible employee. Try to get as many letters of recommendation as possible. 

You can ask for a letter of recommendation from any of these people: 

  • Past employer

  • Present employer (if they know you’re leaving)

  • Professor 

  • Upward Scholars staff 

  • Clergy

Pediatric CPR/First Aid Training Certificate (Optional) 

The American Red Cross offers a class in Pediatric First Aid and CPR. This is an excellent class for anyone who works as a nanny or wants to be a nanny.

  • The class is $95 and is held from 9:30 to 5:30 on a Saturday or Sunday throughout the year.

  • You can sign up for the class here. 

  • When you complete the class, print your certificate and include it in your Nanny Portfolio. 

Upwards Scholars will reimburse the cost of the CPR/First Aid Training class for the first five NannyUp students who complete the CPR/First Aid class. To show that you have completed the class, email Diana Viscarra at Diana@UpwardScholars.org. Include your CPR/First Aid certificate and receipt for the class with your email. 

TB Test Results (Optional) 

Your doctor can give you a TB test. Or you can get a TB test at one of these locations: 

San Mateo Mobile Health Clinic
650 573-2786
Call for price and availability 

Immediate Care
650 570-2273
Call for an appointment

TDaP Vaccination Results (Optional) 

TDaP is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). 

You can get this vaccine from your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, go to one of the clinics listed here

Trustline Registry (Optional) 

Info coming soon 


Applying for Nanny Jobs Online

Applying for Jobs at Care.com and Urban Sitter

The two best places to look for childcare jobs online are

Creating an Online Profile 

Before you can apply for a job at Care.com or UrbanSitter.com, you need to create an Online Profile. Your profile should include the following:

  • “About Me” description

  • Photo of yourself

  • Current resume

Use this online tool to create an About Me description. 

After you have an About Me description, go to the site and create your online profile. 

Applying for Nanny and Babysitting Jobs on Nextdoor 

Nextdoor is a neighborhood Web site where you can post your online profile.  You can only post information about your services on your own neighborhood NextDoor site. But you can ask people who live in other neighborhoods to recommend you on their Nextdoor site.

To sign up for NextDoor

  • Go to Nextdoor.com, enter your email address and street address and click Find your neighborhood. 

  • Complete all of the required fields.

  • When you receive an invitation to join Nextdoor, follow the link on your invitation to create your account.

  • Click Sign up.

  • Verify your address. 


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