Are You CPR/First Aid Certified?

Should Parents Pay for Their Nanny or Au Pair CPR/First Aid Certification?

All in-home childcare providers should be CPR/First Aid certified. The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program is a comprehensive training program designed to help caregivers recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and first aid emergencies.

Nannies and au pairs can find a location to get certified, or renew their certification (every two years), by contacting the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Participant’s Manualcovers skills that students need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. The program incorporates the latest science and meets OSHA guidelines, features accident prevention and emergency preparedness tips, and includes skill sheets at the end of certain chapters, for easy reference and review.

Topics covered include:
Chapter 1: Before Giving Care and Checking an Injured or Ill Person
Chapter 2: Cardiac Emergencies and CPR
Chapter 3: AED
Chapter 4: Breathing Emergencies
Chapter 5: Sudden Illness
Chapter 6: Environmental Emergencies
Chapter 7: Soft Tissue Injuries
Chapter 8: Injuries to Muscles, Bones and Joints
Chapter 9: Special Situations and Circumstances (includes Emergency Childbirth, Treating Older Adults, Language Barriers, and more)
Chapter 10: Asthma
Chapter 11: Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
Appendix: Injury Prevention and Emergency Preparedness



  1. Sure am! CPR/AED certified and Pediatric first aid certified. I hope I *never* have to use what I learned, but I'm certainly prepared in the case of an emergency. Most of the time, the breadth of my first aid is dispensing a kiss to make a "boo boo" better and that's the way I like it!

  2. A must for healthcare professionals. Certification ensures that all practitioners know their trade well. Additionally, this encourages schools to do better in providing quality education.

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