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Why You Should Attend a National Nanny Training Day Event in Your Area

Posted on by Erin | in Nannies

By Erin McNeill

National Nanny Training Day (NNTD) is an annual event that falls on April 20, 2013, which is also the end of The Week of the Young Child (National Association for Education of Young Children).  The event will be held in multiple cities across the nation on this day. The goals of NNTD are to promote awareness of the importance of education for nannies, to encourage nanny-related businesses and organizations to become involved in providing and/or promoting quality training, to provide accessible and affordable education to all nannies and to raise the quality of care through a well-trained workforce. Individual cities have planned their events, and all will offer childcare-related workshops. You can also expect most cities to offer the following to their attendees:

Childcare education workshops – All NNTD events have the requirement that at least 50% of the workshops must be childcare focused, so you are sure to encounter at least one workshop specifically pertaining to childcare. There are many sessions being offered at the events across the country, and topics include child development, activities to do with children, topics on working with children with various special needs and keeping kids active.

Professional development workshops – At the bigger events across the country you’ll also find workshops that focus on professional development for the nanny. There are workshops being offered on topics such as financial planning, health care options, resume and portfolio development and how to talk to your employers about tricky topics.

A chance to meet with local agencies and other professionals – A nanny conference is a great place to meet with the professionals in the industry, from tax advisors to nanny agencies. It is a good place to meet agencies that you haven’t met with before even if you aren’t currently seeking a job, because there will be a point in the future in which you will be and it’s good to make early connections. It’s also a good place to meet with health care insurance professionals and nanny tax companies.

The opportunity to connect with local nannies – Working as a nanny can be very isolating and a conference is a common ground to meet others in the industry. You’ll have the opportunity to plan playgroups, outings and social gatherings and meet people who are new to the area.

Affordable events – Most events cost between $25 and $40 for the day and include multiple workshops, snacks, lunch, goody bags and door prizes! Consider asking your employers to pay for your conference fees, as the event will directly impact the care that you give their children and you will bring back new ideas and activities to try with the kids.

Events are being held across the nation in about 40 cities and over 2,100 nannies expected to attend. Individual cities are planning the events, with either nannies or agencies doing the planning. You can find out where your nearest event is being held by visiting Nanny Biz Reviews and looking for events in your state.

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