Australia’s first ever Nanny Conference to recognise the growing profession

12-14 June 2015 at The University of Sydney

Registrations now open

Following the nation’s recognition of the importance of childcare – with the Government’s recent commitment to trial childcare-subsidies for shift workers – the inaugural Australian Nanny Conference (ANC) was today announced. It will be held at The University of Sydney on 12–14 June 2015, with Melina Marchetta, best-selling author of the much-loved Australian classic, Looking For Alibrandi, as the keynote speaker.

The first of its kind, the ANC is the industry’s premier network and training event for nannies and mannies (male nannies) nationwide. The two-day event has a high caliber speaker line-up and includes workshops and a multi-track conference designed to connect and help nannies and provide them with further training and education, amongst like-minded professionals.

Event Director and founder of Nanny She Can Do, Hope Skinner, said: “I found it really surprising that such an event doesn’t already exist. It’s high time that nannying is recognized as a respectable and valuable profession for Australians. As the industry is growing in popularity at record speed, there has never been a better time to bring the nanny-world together.

“The Australian Nanny Conference provides an opportunity for industry professionals to come together to better improve the common miss-perception that nannying is an inferior alternative to childcare, and to help further cement it as a legitimate profession,” she said.

The event’s series of seminars will offer practical and customised advice for individual nannies, insights and hands-on solutions to in home child-care through a nanny-specific lens. Opportunities also exist for nannies to talk to nanny agencies face-to-face, connect with training options and organisations and interact with brands that benefit their day-to-day profession.

The core priority of the conference is to discover new methods of learning and to develop the key skills necessary to early childhood development.

Ms Skinner added, “The event has attracted an esteemed line up of specialists who are willing to share the secrets to their success in line with this year’s theme of professionalism. Speakers will unite to help develop careers on a scale previously unseen in this country.”

Key speakers include:
· Pinky McKay, IBCLC, parenting expert and best-selling author. Owner of Melbourne based private practice, Pinky McKay is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with a top billed seminar on toddler tactics.

· Dr. Louise Porter, Child Psychologist, university lecturer and published author including ‘a comprehensive guide to classroom management’, giving a seminar and workshop on guiding children’s behavior.

· Dr Pamela Douglas, GP, researcher, author of The Discontented Little Baby Book and founder of Possums Online, with sessions on baby-care and what makes for healthy feeds.

· Seana Smith, author and major contributor to the Australian Autism Handbook 1st edition, and founder of Sydney Kids Food and Travel, with a workshop on understanding autism.

· Ainslie Asquith, owner and director of Domestic Payroll, with a seminar on nanny employment best practices, as a specialist nanny tax expert.

· Devon Barnes, speech pathologist, owner and clinical director of Lindfield Speech Pathology and LearnFast founder. She will be speaking about promoting speech, language and literacy.

· Dympna Kennedy, parent mentor and coach, owner and founder of Creating Balance, delivering a seminar on the circle of security and connecting with your babies by communicating effectively.

· Laura Douglas, career expert and founder of The Workher, with a workshop on careers, professional development and passion projects.

· Louise Dunham, nanny agency expert, a panel member discussing the recent government nanny subsidy proposals as CEO of Melbourne based nanny agency Placement Solutions, and Ethics Chair on the board of the International Nanny Association.

· Jessika Schaad, herbalist, practitioner at Wholistic Health Group with a workshop on the benefits of good digestive health and tips to minimize the effects of chemicals on the body.

· Donna Sheppard and Angela Hadzipasic, early childhood professionals and founders of Back On Track Consultancy with a workshop on ‘school readiness’.

· Mary Dawes, owner and lead instructor of First Aid For You as conference sponsors will present key info on the importance of basic first aid.

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