Launches Basic Skills Exam


The International Nanny Association (INA) is pleased to announce the availability of a Basic Skills Exam for nannies.

The INA Basic Skills Exam was developed to assess a nanny’s basic child care skills and knowledge. The exam is a 40 question, timed, multiple-choice exam that is available to be taken online.

The assessment addresses:

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Professionalism
  • Child development

The minimum passing score for the INA Basic Skills Exam is 70%.  Those nannies that score 70% or better will receive a certificate stating that they passed the exam.

Susan Tokayer, Co-President of INA is excited that the association is able to offer an entry level exam to in-home child care providers. “While the INA Nanny Credential Exam is taken by experienced nannies that have a minimum of 2000 hours of professional childcare experience and current certification in Infant/Child CPR and First Aid, the Basic Skills Exam is geared toward those individuals who have a desire to become a nanny, are new to the profession or those who wish to assess their current child care skills and knowledge.” 

The INA Basic Skills Assessment was authored by the following seasoned INA Nanny Members:

Myrna Alphonse, MA/NCC

Kellie Geres,1997 INA Nanny of the Year

Cortney Gibson, Newborn Care Specialist

Becky Kavanagh ,2006 INA Nanny of the Year

Michelle LaRowe,2004 INA Nanny of the Year and parenting author

Glenda Propst, 1991 INA Nanny of the Year and founding member of the International Nanny Association


Nannies wishing to take the INA Basic Skills Exam may contact the INA Member Services Office at 888.878.1477.



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