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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday Table Talk: Thursday Additional Workshops at the INA Conference

Thursday Additional Workshops at the INA Conference
By: Alice Shaffer

The 25th Annual INA Conference is less than two months away! If you are still on the fence, you still have time to get in on the early bird conference fee (April 1) and take advantage of the awesome additional workshops offered on Thursday May 20, 2010 starting at 1:00pm. These workshops have a small additional cost to them. This includes an American Red Cross Basic Water Rescue Certificate, INA Credential Review and Exam, a New Agency workshop, and Newborn Care Specialist 201 class.

If you have have been interested in opening your nanny agency or just recently in the past two years opened your agency, you really would benefit from going to the New Agency workshop. I actually went back in 2003 at my first INA conference and absolutely loved every minute of the program and still remember a lot of the information given. It helped me decide on whether or not to open a nanny agency. Which I decided against at the time. After the Thursday workshops don't forget to join everyone at the Opening Reception at 6:30pm.

Thursday May 20, 2010 1:00-5:00pm
cost $40

This course is designed for participants who do not need to be trained as lifeguards, but who require certification in victim recognition and general first aid topics. The class includes an in-water skills session to practice basic water rescue techniques, designed to assist victims and keep them faceup until more help arrives. This course is excellent for camp counselors, child care providers, health and fitness facility employees, and others who are around water on a regular basis. Presented by Lia Brewer and Serena Jolley, American Red Cross Water Safety instructors.

To help ensure an enjoyable and successful experience:
  • Dress comfortably. Bring a bathing suit, towel, and swim cap if your hair is longer than shoulder length. Goggles are optional.
  • Please arrive on time, no admittance is permitted 15 minutes after the start of the class.
  • All necessary course materials will be provided during class.
  • Practice sessions can be physically demanding. If you have any questions about your ability to participate, consult with your Health Care Provider prior to the course.
  • Bring a pen/pencil and reading glasses if necessary.
Course Certification
  • Payment of the course fee is not a guarantee of certification.
  • Basic Water Rescue certification is valid for three years.
To be eligible for course certification you must:

  • Be present for the entire course. + Successfully complete all required skills.
  • Pass a multiple choice written exam at 80% or better.
Thursday May 20, 2010 2:30-5:30 pm
cost $40

Nannies who wish to take the INA Nanny Credential Exam must submit a completed INA Nanny Credential Exam application to the INA Membership Services Office prior to the May 1, 2010. Please contact Michelle LaRowe at for additional information. Attendees should bring a copy of “Beyond Parenting Basics: The International Nanny Association’s Official Guide to In-Home Child Care” to this session. If you do not have a copy, you can purchase a copy during the conference registration process and it will be shipped to you prior to conference.

Newborn Care Specialist 201: A Day in the Life of a NCS

Thursday May 20, 2010 2:30-5:30 pm
cost $35

Join Newborn Care Specialist (NCS) Cortney Gibson and take an in-depth look at advanced newborn care, sleep training and what it truly takes to work as a NCS. Attendees will discuss the day-to-day reality of this career and tackle some common misconceptions. Learn how to take what you know about newborn care and apply it to real-life situations. Attendees should already have some newborn care experience and strong knowledge of the basics, as this is an advanced care workshop. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, so come prepared! Handouts will be provided along with hands-on demos and an informative visual presentation.

Ready, Set, Go! A Workshop for New Agencies
Thursday May 20,2010 2:30-5:30 pm
cost $35

Ready, Set, Go! is a must-attend session for those new to the nanny referral business or those considering opening a placement agency. Join agency owners and consultants Wendy Sachs and Sharon Graff-Radell to learn the nuts and bolts of starting a household staffing referral agency and discover what needs to be considered as a young agency in today’s market. This in-depth presentation will focus on financial considerations, marketing, recruiting, competition, and insightful business practices that pertain specifically to our industry.

This workshop will also feature:
  • Background Checks 101 presented by Lynn Peterson of PFC Information Services, Inc.
  • Legal Issues 101 presented by Bob King, Esq., of Legally Nanny®
  • Payroll and Taxes 101 presented by Kathy Webb of HomeWork Solutions /


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