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News & Updates
INA Conference Takes on Las Vegas!
T he International Nanny Association held its 20th
Annual Conference in Las Vegas at the Hotel Embassy Suites on May 12 th through the 15 th . 150 people attended from all over: even India and New Zealand were represented!
Most notably, our own Wendy Sachs, founder and President of TPNN, was a speaker at a workshop on how to build a successful agency. One of her goals was to help increase the standards of other placement agencies. Wendy had a great time: "It was a lot of fun. We worked hard all day, and then in the evening nannies and agency owners went together to shows or tried their luck at the casinos."
A highlight of the conference was a presentation by Nanny Deb and Nanny Stella, from the Fox Television series "Nanny 911." They spoke about their real life stories and experiences as nannies. "We were all touched by their stories," said Wendy. "It was gratifying to know that they were real nannies, in real jobs, who had become celebrity nannies. Their goal is to help us in the United States to educate the public about the role of the professional nanny in our society."
This role is becoming more and more important, as many families include two working parents.
When asked if she considered the conference a success, Wendy was enthusiastic. "I think it was a huge success. The buzz was that everyone learned so much from the workshops and from each other."
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* 2005 Nanny of the Year *
Every year, at the International Nanny Association Conference, through a careful selection process, one outstanding nanny is named Nanny of the Year. Nannies are nominated by their employers, placement agencies, or anyone else who wishes to recognize them. A four-member panel composed of the President of the INA, the previous year's Nanny of the Year, one agency owner and one nanny (also INA members), narrow the applicants down to five finalists, and select from them a working nanny who is "an example of the best kind of nanny... a professional who makes childhood a safe, loving and happy place to be."
This year the panel recognized Jenny Brown, of Kirkland, Washington , as a caregiver of the highest quality: one, according to the standards listed on the INA website (www.nanny.org), "who has enriched the lives of the children and families with whom she/he has worked." working in the childcare industry for more than 14 years; her career began at age 16 when she participated in her high school's Child Psychology program, part of which involved working in the school's onsite preschool. The program had a profound impact on her life; "I knew from then on," she says, "that whatever I chose as a career would involve children." Jenny currently cares for two children: Sofia, 4 ½, and Dylan, 2 ½, whom she has been with since they were 6 months, and newborn, respectively.
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This month's picks:
Chateau Meddybemps: With a name like this, it has to be good. There are so many fun games, stories and activities on this site, it might be hard to log off!
Spacekids: This NASA website has lots of fun things to do if this planet gets boring. Kids can explore our solar system, galaxy, and beyond.
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