The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of what our daily lives look like. Especially for parents and child care providers. As things have unfolded, we’ve gotten creative with how child care looks—like with virtual sitting.

But there are many families who are looking to bring nannies and sitters back into their home because they need the extra help while working from home, or because they’re physically going back to work.

What Sitters Are Thinking

This leaves care providers with the struggle of how to navigate the unknowns of safely caring for kids (and keeping themselves safe) during a global pandemic. As a sitter, you may be asking yourself:

  • What are the recommended hygiene practices for kids?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in kids?
  • What are the best practices for whether or not a child should be in group care?
  • How can I effectively communicate with parents about my needs and their preferences?
  • What are the best practices for maintaining a clean environment for me and the kids?

All of these are fair questions. As a care provider, you pride yourself on being informed and feeling prepared for any job. However, providing care during a global pandemic is a new experience for everyone. So what’s a sitter to do?

CCEI Offer

Child Care Training For COVID-19

Thankfully, ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) has been working quickly to develop a new online course to help sitters and nannies feel better prepared for work in the time of COVID. Their course, Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 When Caring For Children, provides basic information everyone should know about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the child care setting.

It’s a one-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.1 IACET CEU (continuing education unit). Participants will learn about recommended hygiene practices, recognizing signs and symptoms, criteria for excluding a child from group care, communicating with children and families, maintaining a clean environment, and more.

Course Reviews

You don’t have to take our word for it. Check out what other child care professionals are saying about this course:

Thanks for everything. This course was very reassuring compared to everything on tv, radio, and social media.
Diane | Kansas City, MO

This training was great! It answered a lot of questions I had before coming back to work.
Melissa | West Haven, CT

The way the course is presented is very easy to follow and learn from.
Shyrl | Mesa, AZ

I enjoyed this online course and all the examples and video it offered.
Lenette | Stratford, CT

The program is very well organized and the handout is very useful.
Maria Luisa | Miami, FL

I really enjoyed this training, thank you. It has a lot of information for me to incorporate at home and at school.
Hawa | Astoria, NY

Learn more about ChildCare Education Institute and get your exclusive offer on an annual subscription to take this and other professional development courses. Get started today!

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).


The health and safety of families and care providers are important to us. ChildCare Education Institute is a third-party provider and not directly affiliated with Sittercity. Information is constantly evolving, so Sittercity can’t guarantee the accuracy of this course or if it’s up to date. As always, we highly recommend following up-to-date CDC guidance when it comes to making informed decisions about health and safety.

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