CACHE Certification Program

NCS Certification!

Newborn Care Solutions® is ACCREDITED through CACHE International and via their US representative, Nanny Stella, for you to become a CERTIFIED Newborn Care Specialist!

We have compiled some helpful information for you so that you understand the steps to certification and why CACHE certification is such a great route to pursue.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this new opportunity through the World Leader in totally independent, third-party oversight accreditation and certification.  

Who is CACHE?

The Council for Awards in Care, Health & Education (CACHE) was formerly known as the famed National Nursery Examinations Board (NNEB) in the U.K. They provide fully independent third-party-verified accreditation and certification for educators and caregivers, setting the standards for the fields of “Care, Health & Education.”

CACHE is recognized worldwide as a legitimate authority with a longstanding reputation for having the highest expectations for their students. Their accreditation and certification programs “have helped millions of learners across the world to raise professional standards, earning [CACHE] a reputation for excellence and leadership across the sector”. Learn more about CACHE here. 

How do I get Certified?

Since Newborn Care Solutions®, it’s staff and Independent Contractors have no part in the certification, you have to go to the source.  Nanny Stella, INC. is the US authorized representative of CACHE International.

To qualify to apply for certification through CACHE; students must submit the following items to NCSCACHE@gmail.com

Please do not submit your CACHE Certificate fee prior to completing these steps, and do not submit these materials to Nanny Stella, Inc. 

  1. Submit Foundational Exam Certificate from Newborn Care Solutions dated AFTER 10/25/2018.
  2. Submit your Resume, and be sure that reflects at least 2 years experience working with infants (under 12 months of age) within the last 5 years (the equivalent of 40 hours a week, for 50 weeks a year), 2 years total within the previous 5 years, with babies under 12 months of age. You can have a gap--that isn't the important part).
    • example of how your hours should be outlined in your resume:
      Wilson Family, newborn Feb 2018-end of May 2018 (4 months, 688 hours)
      Jones Family, newborn twins Dec 2017-start of Feb 2018 (2 months, 400 hours)
      Smith Family, newborn and toddler June 2017-end of Nov 2017 (6 months, 1032 hours)
      Madison Family, triplets, 6 weeks old Jan 2017-June 2017 (5 months, 2709 hours)
      Total hours with a newborn(s) within the last 5 years: 4829 
  3. At least 3 verifiable infant references* (can be submitted via the resume or separate word document) with contact information.
  4. Copy of current CPR and First Aid Card.
  5. Proof of ongoing infant-specific education in the childcare field (for example, doula training, lactation trainings, sleep training course, etc..) Acceptable proof of ongoing education can be:
    1. Proof of Registration
    2. Certificate of Completion
    3. NOT Accepted - syllabus of class / course / conference agenda / receipt
    4. All submissions of ongoing education must be dated within the past three years.
  6.  US High School diploma or equivalent from your country.

* please submit documents as a word doc or pdf. Do not submit .pages 

Once you complete these steps and receive your final approval from Newborn Care Solutions, you will be provided with information to proceed with the CACHE steps.

You will find the certification requirements on the website www.NannyStella.com This is what makes the certification so valuable: The rigorous standards are set and upheld by an independent, government-based organization and regularly audited for accuracy and compliance.

FAQ

I have already taken the Foundational Course through Newborn Care Solutions®; can I apply right away?  You will need to go to the Newborn Care Solutions® Website, log into your student portal and watch the updated course and pass the updated exam. Because CACHE had very stringent requirements, some small changes to the course have been made and the new program upholds those. Contact our office for that log-in information.  You will also need to make sure you have completed the other requirements for certification such as the required, verifiable hours, First Aid and CPR, etc…

Is there a fee for certification? Yes, this is a fee set by CACHE and Nanny Stella for processing your application.  As we are independent of the certification, we do not set or collect this fee.

More FAQ

When can I apply? Please submit the following to NCSCACHE@gmail.com

  • Foundational Exam Certificate from Newborn Care Solutions dated AFTER 10/25/2018
  • Resume that reflects at least 2 years experience working with infants (under 12 months of age) within the last 5 years (the equivalent of 40 hours a week, for 50 weeks a year), 2 years total within the previous 5 years, with babies under 12 months of age. You can have a gap--that isn't the important part).
  • At least 3 verifiable infant references (can be submitted via the resume or separate) with contact information
  • Copy of current CPR and First Aid Card
  • Proof of ongoing infant-specific education in the childcare field (for example, doula training, lactation trainings, sleep training course, etc..)
  •  US High School diploma or equivalent from your country

Do I have to be certified to work as an NCS? No.  There are currently no regulations within the US to work as an NCS.  Other countries may have other requirements. Many agencies and families are starting to require this to apply.

Is this certification recognized elsewhere?  Yes! CACHE has been established since 1945 and is recognized around the world as the Gold Standard for child care course certification. It is recognized in several countries around the world and this certification may help open many doors of opportunity for you!

How is CACHE certification different from other ‘certifications’? Certifications from other organizations can, of course, be meaningful (just like passing any CPR course is far better than having no knowledge at all). But only the certification which is granted by an independent, widely recognized authority in the field has the full weight of professional validity and means that the individual certified has genuinely and reliably achieved mastery of the required content for their profession.

Organizations of professionals who seek to monitor themselves and raise the level of professionalism in their industry offer a tremendous value to the industry through networking and informal continuing education, but they cannot offer independent validation of critical knowledge and skills because by definition, they are not independent at all.

I am a postpartum doula; what about me?  Actually, our Foundational NCS course is also APPROVED through CAPPA and qualifies for 16 continuing education units towards your ongoing certification! And families love doulas who are also trained NCS, especially if they are certified for that as well.

Where can I get more information? Follow us on Social Media, get on our email lists and check our website www.newborncaresolutions.com regularly for updates.  

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