Today there is a major shift in hiring trends for high end personal childcare options. Parents are demanding educated and knowledgeable Newborn Care Specialists to care for their infants. To help meet this need, Tonya Sakowicz founded Newborn Care Solutions to train childcare professionals in this specialized field. Offering classes at their base in Scottsdale, AZ, online, and across the country, Tonya was selected as DEMA’s Educator of the Year in 2016.
Tonya shares more about her school and this unique niche industry in this month’s Private Service Educator Spotlight…
- How long have you been in business?
We have been in business formally for 2 years as of 2017, but I have been teaching for nearly 15 years for the International Nanny Association (INA), the National Association of Nannies (NAN), the Association of Premiere Nanny Agencies (APNA), and now the Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA).
- In a nutshell, what do you teach?
We teach everything a nanny or other childcare provider would need to know if they want to be a Newborn Care Specialist or a nanny with a strong emphasis on Newborn Care.
- What makes your training unique?
Our training is geared specifically to the industry—we respect the knowledge that nannies already have and build on that to give them a more in-depth, evidence based education that allows them to provider a higher quality of care to their principal and child charges.
- How long are the courses?
Our courses typically run about 18 hours for the Foundational and Advanced classes, including sectional quizzes and final exam. Our individual courses for specific topics, such as Green Proofing and Sleep Solutions, last anywhere from 2-8 hours.
- How frequently are the programs run?
Most of our courses run online all the time and all of those are self-paced. In addition, we teach our Foundational, Advanced and Sleep Solutions Workshops live around the US about twice a year each. Our courses are also taught in Australia and we hope to go into the UK, Saudi Arabia and China this coming year (2018).
- Do you have an online or correspondence courses?
Yes, most of our course offerings are available online.
- What are the requirements to attend your school?
We require prior experience working with children in a professional capacity. You must have been a nanny, governess, postpartum doula, infant room daycare provider or in-home daycare provider with verifiable references.
- Who is your ideal student?
Our ideal student is someone who is self-motivated and committed to professional excellence in newborn and infant care. It is often someone who has worked with children from their early teen years and has continued in childcare as a profession and now wants to specialize even further.
- Do you offer placement assistance to your graduates? What is your placement rate?
We do offer assistance through the posting of jobs on our graduate board. Many of the nation’s top placement agencies come to us to fill their positions with our students. For example, a recent agency owner interviewed 5 candidates for a very high-level position. 4 of those 5 candidates were chosen to move on and interview with the family—all of the 4 chosen were graduates of our program. However, we do not have a formal in-house placement assistance process.
- Do you belong to any professional associations?
Yes. DEMA, where I serve as the Co-President of my local chapter in Scottsdale, AZ. In the INA, I am the 2016/17 1st Vice President. We are also a sponsoring member of APNA.
- Are you accredited? If so, with what entity…
- How much does your program cost?
That depends on the course. Our least expensive is our Green Proofing course at $97. Most programs fall into the $329-$697 price range. Currently, our most expensive program is our 1 year-long Elite and Master NCS programs at $2,495 each.
- Are financial aid, scholarships or payment plans available?
Payment Plans are available.
- How can people contact you?