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  • President's Message
  • Member Endowment
  • Why Should I Cast My Vote?
  • Best Practices

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President's Message
By Becky Kavanagh, INA co-president

Greetings! I hope you have had a chance to familiarize yourself with our new site and layout. The improvements and opportunities keep coming. Watch for e-blasts and return to often. Please remember, to take advantage of discounted conference registration rates, use of the job board and access to members only content, you must register for INA’s Online Community.

In the last issue, you were presented with an article from Susan Tokayer, stating her opinion on the DWU. This started many conversations across the Internet, and so we offered you the opportunity to have a voice on this matter and have it featured here. As of publication, we have received no responses. It is important that we can provide a forum for support and discussion.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas for Conference 2012, and showing you why being a member of INA is A Sure Bet!

INA Membership Conference Endowment

INA is pleased to announce the launch of the INA Membership Conference Endowment. The INA Membership Conference Endowment has been developed as a way to recognize our members for their dedication to the in-home child care industry.

Through the 2012 INA Membership Conference Endowment, INA is pleased to offer full conference registration (a $295 value) to four INA members. Two full conference registrations will be given to those in the business category and two in the caregivers category. 

Started in 2011, the INA Member Conference Endowment secured its initial funding from half of all monies raised through the 2011 INA Annual Conference 50/50 raffle. INA is pleased to continue earmarking half of all monies raised in future Annual Conference 50/50 raffles to the INA Member Conference Endowment fund. As tradition, the other half of all monies raised will continue to go towards supporting a local children’s charity in the city where INA's Annual Conference is held. 

At the 2012 INA Annual Conference, the first INA Member Conference Endowment gift will be given in honor of former INA Board of Directors member Colleen Grube. On November 30, 2011, Colleen lost her life in a senseless act of violence. Colleen was an avid Annual Conference attendee, as well as an INA Board Member and Executive Board Member for many years. The 1997 INA Annual Conference that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, holds wonderful memories for our many members who were there in attendance with Colleen

Why Should I Cast My Vote? 
By Kellie Geres, INA Board of Directors Nominating Committee Chair

Having served on the INA Board of Directors for 10 years, and now as the current INA Board of Directors Nominating Committee chair, I understand the importance of serving on the board of directors and what the INA board does for our membership, organization and industry.

Each year, the nominating committee strives to bring the membership a ballot of nominees who will serve the organization to its fullest and meet or exceed the qualifications required to be eligible to serve on the board of directors.

Once the nominees are accepted, a voting ballot is presented to the INA membership to cast their votes. Each year, a minimum number of votes are required from the membership to qualify each election.  Each year it is a struggle to secure those votes. 

As committee chair, it is my goal to answer some common questions and dispel some myths about the nomination process, as well as to encourage each member to cast their vote when the ballot comes out in March.

Who qualifies as a board of directors nominee?

Any individual, standard or supporting member of INA can serve on the INA Board of Directors.  Independent supporters are not eligible to serve.  Staff members of an agency member are also not eligible to serve, unless they hold their own membership.  While it is not necessary, it is strongly recommended that those considering nomination have attended at minimum one conference, and have been involved in an INA committee.  Members can nominate themselves, or individual names can be given to the committee and they will be contacted to see if they are interested in serving on the board.

What is the nomination process?

Potential nominees fill out the official board of directors’ nomination packet.  Each nominee is asked a series of questions based on their INA involvement, skills they may bring to the board, prior board experience, and what contribution they will bring to the association.  Nominees also provide references, only one of which can be an INA member.  The nominating committee then interviews each applicant and their references and makes the final determinations as to which candidates will appear on the ballot. 

As former board members, the nominating committee knows the qualities one must have to serve on the board successfully, and the committee presents a slate to the membership that it feels meets the needs of the organization.  We have declined applications from nominees for lack of experience and lack of knowledge of the association.

Why you should vote.

Voting is your right and privilege. Voting gives members the opportunity to select whom you want representing you as an organization.  From the candidates presented, members can select all or just the ones you wish to have your vote count for.  If a nominee does not get the minimum number of votes required (50), they are not eligible to serve on the board.  So just being on the ballot does not ensure they will be elected and serve the association.

Not familiar with the nominees?

We are limited by space in the information we can provide you with on each nominee.  We strive to bring you the most important facts about each nominee, but if you wish to know more about a nominee, we encourage you to contact that nominee directly with your questions. 

The board is made up of agency owners only.

Not true!  The current co-president of INA is Becky Kavanagh, a nanny with 20+ years’ experience, with the same family!  There are two other nannies serving on the board, as well as a newborn care specialist, two educators, and one online service.  So of 16 current board positions, only eight of those are being held by an agency owner.

So once elected, what does the INA Board of Directors do for the association?

The INA Board of Directors serves the association and its membership.  Some of their recent actions include: approving the Spanish translation of Beyond Parenting Basics; approving the INA Service Award Pin Program; approving the INA Conference Endowment Fund; approving the website restructuring; creating a clearinghouse of information and resources for nannies, employers and the public to learn from; approving the Job Board on; and much, much more. 

I hope this answers some concerns you may have about the upcoming election, and will allow you to take a few moments when the ballot comes out to cast your vote for the 2012-2014 INA Board of Directors.

2012-2014 INA Board of Directors will be installed at the INA Conference on Saturday, May 5, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Best Practices: Ways Agencies Can Prepare Nannies to Be Professional During the Interview and Beyond
By Kellie Geres, 1997 INA Nanny of the Year, INAVision Editor

As nannies, many of us turn to an agency to find a job.  But what do those agencies do to prepare the nanny for interviewing with prospective families, accepting a job and acclimating to a new area?

I asked a series of questions to various INA member agencies and here is what many of them had to say about how their agency helps prepare their nanny candidates:

  • Provide your prospective nanny with handouts on how to handle the interview process, questions to ask prospective employers , appropriate dress, way to greet potential employers
  • Review with candidates how to discuss topics such as job duties, schedules, wages and benefits, and even spending a considerable amount of time educating nannies on taxes and payroll
  • Advise your nanny on the appropriate dress for interviewing
  • Encourage nanny to send a thank you post-interview
  • Suggest a dry run to the interview – noting the location and travel time
  • Offer workshops or one-on-one sessions working with your nannies to create a professional resume
  • Once placed, offer information and membership to local nanny support group. If no groups are available in your area connect your nanny with others you have placed, providing her with a network to get her started in the area. 
  • Provide the nanny and family with handouts on effective communication techniques, area play groups, daily log information, medical release forms and performance review checklists to make the placement a continued success 
  • Provide both nannies and families with sample work agreements and follow up to see if completed and agreed upon 
  • Make sure your nannies and families like your Facebook page 
  • Provide ongoing content to your Facebook page and blog providing area information, informative articles, and educational opportunities across the county 
  • Coordinate CPR renewal classes for your caregivers once or twice a year, so nannies that need to renew can come to you for that service
  • Schedule nanny nights out every few months, inviting your nannies to a local restaurant and your company pick up the bill
  • Schedule nanny appreciation events during National Nanny Recognition Week
  • Inform employers about NNRW and upcoming conferences and educational opportunities so they can encourage their nanny to attend
  • Create a referral reward program for nannies that refer friends and families to you.  Reward those nannies with a cash gift.

While just a few examples of what agencies can be doing to prepare nannies, we invite you to join us on our Facebook page and continue the discussion and share with us your experiences as a nanny and an agency on your best practices.

Many thanks to Nannies from the Heartland, First Class Care, The Philadelphia Nanny Network, Inc.,  Childcare Solutions, Morningside Nannies, White House Nannies, Westside Nannies, Nannies and Housekeepers USA, English Nanny & Governess School, Nannies Who Care.

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