Friday, November 2nd
3:00- 5:00 — INA credential exam (optional and extra cost involved) MORE DETAILS SOON
8:00- 10:00 pm---- welcome reception
8:00- 10:00 pm---- welcome reception
Saturday, november 3rd
7:45- 8:45 am---- breakfast and registration
9:00- 5:30 pm---- workshops, networking breaks and lunch
9:00- 5:30 pm---- workshops, networking breaks and lunch
Sunday, november 4th
8:00- 9:00 am ---- breakfast
9:00- 12:30 ---- workshops and goodbye session
9:00- 12:30 ---- workshops and goodbye session
Remember that continental breakfast and buffet lunch on Saturday and buffet breakfast on Sunday are included in your registration price. All other meals at your own expense. Menus will be posted 2 weeks prior to conference to allow you to make alternate accommodations if required by your dietary needs.
The Business Side of Nannying with HomeWork Solutions
Join a domestic employment expert from our conference sponsor HomeWork Solutions as they discuss nanny taxes, contracts and other essential paperwork and legalities of being a nanny. We will touch on talking to employers about benefits and why being paid legally is not only the right thing to do, but also protects employers and employees.
Intro to Positive DisciplineHow to move away from punishment and toward using encouragement, consequences, limits and agreements, for an approach to discipline that stimulates cooperation and self-restraint.
Pascale Brady is a Certified Adlerian Parent Educator with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP in Kensington, MD). As a Certified Parent Educator at PEP, Pascale has been teaching Parent Education classes and workshops for over 14 years. In addition to being a parent educator and a parent of two teens, she is a certified professional life and business coach, Founder and CEO of Global Life Coaching LLC.
How Not to Write a Book
So your nanny life is the stuff of sitcoms and your charges say the darnedest things. You’re beginning to feel your creative juices flow but before you start on that manuscript, I’ve got a little advice for you. “How Not to Write a Book”
10 tips for budding authors to avoid common and costly pitfalls in the world of children’s literature.
Presented by Jennifer Marie Glancy, author of “When Mommy’s Job is Far Away”
Jennifer is a Preschool Teacher/Administrator in Alexandria, VA. She co-wrote a picture book about deployment using her experience as a military nanny and her background in Early Childhood Education. The book is geared toward children ages 2.5yrs -10yrs. It aims to help young children of deploying service members better understand their situation, maintain emotional health and stay connected to a deploying parent.
For more information about the book or to take a look at Jen’s upcoming projects you may visit her author website www.militarypicturebooks.com .
Infant/Child Gut Health
More and more information has come to light in recent years about the importance of diet, nutrition and gut health. What goes on in our stomach directly affects the health and well being of so many systems throughout our bodies. This is especially true of babies and young children. We will discuss what this really means and what we can do to promote a healthy gut. Cortney Gibson has been working with newborns and their families since 1997. She founded Gibson Newborn Services in 2004 and has expanded the company to accommodate the growing number of parents seeking her help. Specializing in the care of preemies and multiples, Cortney has cared for dozens of twins, triplets, quintuplets, and even sextuplets. She is also considered to be a pioneer in the art of Early Sleep Conditioning, a gentle no-tears approach to establishing healthy sleeping habits.Giving her clients incredibly useful tools for caring for babies, Cortney teaches magical soothing techniques to parents and caregivers all over the country. She is also a Certified Passenger Safety Technician and is passionate about educating families and caregivers about car seat safety and proper use.Cortney has spent over 80,000 hours nurturing babies and caring for young children. She is one of the co-founders of the Baby Dream Team and holds a certificate in newborn care from the Alexandria School, as well as a Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Cortney also attended the International Maternity and Parenting Institute to study Greenproofing and Maternity and Child Sleep and is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with Safe Kids Worldwide. After joining the International Nanny Association in 2004, Cortney began serving on the Board of Directors in 2007 and has held various positions on the Executive Board. She currently serves as the Senior Director.
Cortney regularly presents workshops and webinars for parents and caregivers. She also contributes articles to newsletters, parenting websites and blogs. Cortney has been featured on Fox News, as well as the Today Show for her work with newborns. Expanding her services to meet the needs of the industry, Cortney created an online education hub for parents and caregivers, called BabywondersUSA. Her popular course, Sleepwonders can be found there, as well as workshops, webinars, and the upcoming fertility doula course, Fertilitywonders. Cortney’s dedication to mentoring and supporting colleagues has been developed into a site called Prosperatree that combines personalized coaching and exclusive events that promote personal and professional growth.
Children and Technology
Feel like you’re constantly asking the children to “turn that thing off?” Whether it’s video consoles, computers, tablets or smart phones, you may be starting to feel like electronics are ruling everyone’s life! In this workshop, we will explore some of the problems caused by excessive electronic use, as well as ways to set limits around technology and ideas for improving connections with children through technology. Pascale Brady is a Certified Adlerian Parent Educator with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP in Kensington, MD). As a Certified Parent Educator at PEP, Pascale has been teaching Parent Education classes and workshops for over 14 years. In addition to being a parent educator and a parent of two teens, she is a certified professional life and business coach, Founder and CEO of Global Life Coaching LLC.
Working with Challenging Parents
We all know the hardest part of any position is the unique relationship between nanny and employers. It is an intimate thing to help raise another person’s child. Parents often have expectations and demands that are ill communicated or unrealistic. Come and join in a discussion with Austin, an agency owner, about how to navigate the tricky waters. We will discuss how to decipher what parents really want, how to communicate when things are tough and above all how to remain professional and serve families with excellence along the way so that the children can remain the number one focus and priority. Austin Macfarlane has lived in North Carolina all her life. She was born and raised in Winston-Salem and moved to Raleigh in her early twenties. She nannied for 10+ years and then launched My Girl Friday- a nanny agency that puts a lot of importance on supporting the nannies in the Raleigh-Durham area. She runs placements all over the US- but her main domain is Raleigh. Austin has always felt that in order to truly represent her clients in their search for an amazing nanny, she needs to be just as focused on supporting the nanny community. Through this belief, her agency has become one of the largest in North Carolina and a favorite nationwide! She lives in Raleigh with her partner, Adrian Larrea, their 8 year old bearded dragon, Jah, and their 1 year old dog, Arlo. Austin and Adrian also own a kombucha brewery, Tribucha Kombucha, and when she isn't working with the agency- she's usually focused on helping with that project, hiking, traveling, or spending time with her favorite kiddos.
Let's Talk About Race
Join us for a frank and open discussion about race in the nanny industry. We will discuss how issues of race affect the nanny community, hiring and working with families as well as how these issues may affect how we raise children who enjoy and celebrate all people. We invite everyone to come and share their experiences and opinions. With Alene Mathurin and Sue Downey
Working with pre-teens and teens from a Positive Discipline place
Sometimes guiding tweens or teens can seem like a wrestling match, with both adults and youngsters feeling like losers. Gain the necessary skills to help your tween/teen discuss and solve problems in a positive way by focusing on long-term goals, determining who owns the problem and encouraging resilience. Pascale Brady is a Certified Adlerian Parent Educator with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP in Kensington, MD). As a Certified Parent Educator at PEP, Pascale has been teaching Parent Education classes and workshops for over 14 years. In addition to being a parent educator and a parent of two teens, she is a certified professional life and business coach, Founder and CEO of Global Life Coaching LLC.
Using Online Sources for Job Searching
Have you used Care.com, SitterCity, or Facebook to find jobs? For the past 3 years, I’ve been talking to nannies across the country about the ways new technologies are changing the ways they find and do their work. This workshop will share the findings of this research - including ways to protect your privacy, connect with families, and avoid scams. Do you have experiences about these sites you want to share? Or opinions about how technologies have changed your industry? This workshop will also provide the opportunity to participate in an ongoing research project. Julia Ticona is a researcher and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Annenberg School for Communication. She loves talking to people about how they use technology to find work and do their jobs. You can find her writing in Slate, FastCompany,Wired, and in a book forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She’s also the proud mom of a 7 month old gentleman named Sam. You can find her at juliaticona.com.
Kids with Anxiety: When to Worry about Your Worried Kid
Anxiety is on the rise, in both kids and adults. How do we tell when the anxious behavior we're seeing is a phase, and when it's a disorder that requires treatment? Some of the things we do to reassure anxious kids can actually exacerbate the problem. We'll discuss what anxiety looks like from little kids through teens, and what happens when anxious parents raise anxious kids, as well as ways to interact with kids that help empower them to "be the boss" of their anxiety, instead of having it control them. Susan Fetcho, LCPC, ACS, is a licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor. She is the Coordinator of Clinical Training in the Department of Applied Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling at Coppin State University in Baltimore. She also serves as Clinical Director of Lighthouse, Inc., a Maryland Youth Service Bureau, where she provides clinical supervision to staff and graduate student interns. She has over 25 years of experience in counseling children, teens and their families.
Why Art and Creativity Is Important For Children
As nannies we wear many hats, from dishes to diaper changes, making sure homework is done, to keeping our little ones safe. Arts and crafts may be at the bottom of your list. Not knowing what to do or anticipating a mess may make you a little weary of even trying. Einstein says, "Creativity is intelligence having fun." Creative art not only allows your kids to express themselves but to grow in physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. Feeling paint between your finger or the stickiness of glue is just as important as learning your ABC's. Creative play promotes creative thinking, builds confidence, problem solving, and most important a well rounded child.Its our job as child care providers to promote children's development by providing opportunities with creative art activities such as sensory play, painting, building, and imaginative play. So put your artist hats on and get creative. Letasha Smith is native to Portsmouth Virginia and now residing in Washington DC. Working as a professional nanny for several years, she has serviced numerous families by providing travel, overnight support, as well as full time local care. Letasha is the founder of Nanny Me Creatively, a Facebook blog that teaches kids and their caregivers the importance of free play and creativity. She believes being creative and allowing children to play naturally is just as important as traditional methods of education. Making her appearance at iNNTD in New York among 230 nannies, Letasha successfully talked about the importance of portfolios and representing yourself as a professional nanny.`
Stress during childcare is inevitable as juggling children, parents, play dates, and a personal life is a lot to manage. This course will discuss how to recognize the different components of stress, both physiological and psychological, and will cover behaviors and techniques helpful to reduce and manage stress reactions as a caregiver and to help children manage their stress. Presented by Elizabeth Malson of the Amslee Institute. Master of Science in Pharmaceuticals from the University of Southern California, Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, and Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University. PADI certified Emergency First Responder Instructor and Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
Supporting Late Talkers
When a child begins to talk can vary immensely. Each child begins to produce sounds and combinations of sounds at different times. Join a speech therapist as she discusses late talkers and discover ways to work with them to support their speech production and vocabulary. Susan Chaplick (CCC-SLP, M.S. Boston University) is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Philadelphia Autism Society. At CSI, she provided Speech/Language therapy. Through the 00 Anna Thorne School she runs specialized preschool language programs for children with language delays, attention problems, social skills deficits, difficulties with behavioral self-regulation, and autism spectrum disorders.
The Art of Storytelling Workshop with Wolf Performing Arts Center: How to Tell the Absolutely Best Story Ever!
In this workshop, attendees will learn some tried and true tricks of the trade for sharing stories with their young ones. We will discuss using dramatic techniques and the actor's tools to involve young imaginations to participate in the tales. This will help you encourage reluctant readers, increase dramatic play, and be FUN! Tess Kunik is a teaching artist at Wolf Preforming Arts Center, where she runs the Visiting Artist Program and directs the 1st and 2nd grade performances. In addition to teaching, she is an experienced performer and designer. Her most recent performance/design work is with Ninth Planet, on a piece called "Homeworld," a dance installation for babies and their caregivers. Sue Downey's charge Amelia recommended her - and says she is the best ever!
Household Manager Forum
Come and join in with other nannies who do household management duties to discuss the challenges and joys of a blended position. This is an open discussion with no set presentation so come with questions to pose and answers to share.
Tricks of the Trade for Early Childhood Professionals
Care work makes all work possible. - Al-jen Poo We are each other’s greatest resource. This is an interactive presentation in which we will actively discuss best practices in early childhood education. Our position is unique in that the nature of our work often entails extended periods of time away from other professionals. During this forum nannies will have an opportunity to speak one on one with other caregivers exchanging the valuable lessons we have learned in the field. Please bring with you to this presentation a handout of your favorite activity. Pictures and examples of projects are greatly encouraged. Anne Kearney graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts in Sociology. She resides in the Washington, D.C. where she is employed as a nanny and is active in addressing issues of social justice for underrepresented individuals.
Introduction to Respectful Child Care™
This workshop will provide background information and practical understanding of major elements of three pedagogies and practices which are currently associated with the movement toward “Respectful™” child care, i.e. Waldorf, RIE/Pikler, and Montessori, and how these are related to current research in the neuroscience of infant and child development. Workshop participants will leave with an understanding of the main commonalities between these methodologies, what questions to ask a client family who wish to implement one of these approaches, as well as how current research in neuroscience supports the implementation of respectful relationship-based care for infants and children, as an integral component of the healthy growth and development of the child.
This is an open forum for those nannies who are interested in leadership in the nanny community. Do you run a nanny group online or in person? Plan nanny events and meet ups? Interested in working with an organization like INA or the Domestic Workers groups? This is a chance to get together with other leaders and discuss how we can work together to better our industry. If you are currently serving in a leadership role, or if you are interested in becoming more active, this is a great opportunity to share your insights and ideas and be inspired by others.