In pictures: nannies take baby steps at Chinese academy
Women training to be qualified nannies, or Ayis as they called in China, practise their skills with plastic babies in Beijing.
The Ayi University training programme teaches childcare, early education, housekeeping and other domestic skills.
The eight-day course costs US$250, and successful participants obtain a certificate to show employers. Most of the women are migrant workers from rural regions.
China’s growing middle class, and the end of the one-child policy, has boosted demand for domestic help in the cities.