Just a few more weeks to Nannypalooza 2011. Have you clued in to all that is happening this year at conference? Amazing speakers and workshops, endless networking possibilities, industry news and resources, new friends and catching up with old friends, and some fun time added for Saturday night.
If you attend this conference, you will walk away with new energy for what you do, new knowledge and resources you take back to your job and utilize every day, self-assurance that you are worth it and have the confidence to move forward in your job or in your search for a new job.
If you attend only one event this year, make it Nannypalooza 2011.
Here is the information on the final batch of speakers that will be at conference. Another amazing line-up of professionals in this industry.
Win-Win Negotiating: How to Get What You Need AND Keep Your Relationships Happy with Amy Greene and Erin McNeill, Co-founders of Massachusetts Alliance of Professional Nannies (MAPN)
As nannies, we strive to please our employers and charges, often while letting our own needs go unmet. We are sometimes afraid to voice a complaint or point out a better way to do something. This workshop will use role-playing and group exercises to help nannies negotiate a contract, solve problems with parents, and build their communication skills so they can approach conflicts with confidence.
Erin and Amy each have 5+ years of experience as professional nannies. During this time, we have negotiated and renegotiated contracts, worked with a variety of parents and children, and used creativity to solve problems involving our charges and/or their parents. We also worked together with three other nannies in the Boston area to host nearly 80 nannies for last year’s Nannies Across America. While working on the logistics for the conference, we helped form a non-profit organization, Massachusetts Alliance of Professional Nannies (MAPN), in order to help strengthen the voice of the nanny in the workplace, build social connections among local nannies, foster leadership skills, and provide nannies with the skills they need to be extraordinary caretakers. In addition, both Erin and Amy are certified teachers, and have multiple years of classroom experience. This has broadened our perspectives on dealing with a wide range of parents and children, and with solving a multitude of problems!
Shake Your Booty! (Getting Your Charges Fit Through Music and Movement) with Cindy Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will learn some great activities to get their charges off the couch, away from their game boy, and up and moving!! We will integrate movement with both music and art, promoting fitness while also fostering creativity. This is a hands-on workshop in which participants will learn how to create their own clogging board and then try some dancing moves themselves, while also experimenting with the Jackson Pollack technique of painting. There will be lots of hand-outs shared with additional resources for great CDS, informative websites, and more cool activities for kids.
Cindy Wilkinson has a BA degree in Sociology and Early Childhood Education from the University of Nebraska/Kearney and additional training from St. Nicholas Montessori Training Centre (correspondence course). In Colorado, she holds a Director’s Certification and has worked as a teacher, assistant director of a pre-school, and as the Master Teacher at the Metropolitan State College of Denver Child Development Center. Her nanny experience spans over 33 years and consists of live-in, live-out, shared, and vacation nanny positions. She has also taught music with numerous pre-schools, elementary schools, and arts organizations. In 2001, she created Jumpin’ With Cindy where she markets her children’s CDs, workshops, children’s music classes, and performances. In 2009, she created her Jumpin’ With Cindy Music Blog to share the latest info on arts education with parents, nannies, and educators. Her most recent arts experience includes serving on the faculty of the Denver Center Performing Arts (12 years), past faculty of the Swallow Hill Music School (10 yrs), and assisting with the development of the “little bears” music program with the Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco. She has presented at INA, Nannypalooza, University of Nebraska/Kearney Nanny Day, Colorado AEYC, New England AEYC, ABC Nannies Nanny Conference, and Geo Kids Teacher Training in Menlo Park, CA. She also was honored by Helping Hands in Greenwich, CT with their Service Award in 1992 and by the International Nanny Association with their Nanny of the Year Award in 1998.
“How did I end up working for a family who won’t let me drive?” Matching: The Key to Nanny Success
with Lora Brawley of Nanny Biz Reviews
What are you looking for in a family? Are these the qualities that match you best as a caregiver? Ever wonder how a neat freak like yourself ended up working for the messiest family in the world? Have you taken a job only to find out a month in that the family thinks the schedule is law while you think it is a mere suggestion? It all goes back to how to interview and research families during the hiring process and how you evaluate your own personality and talents. Often we find that we are so busy making sure we are a good fit for them that we forget to make sure that a family is a match for our personality and talents. We will discuss revealing questions and techniques that you can use to vet families and find your perfect match. Like a good batch of cookies, it’s all about the chemistry!!