Nannypalooza is an annual conference that is organized by Sue Downey of Nannypalooza.com. The conference is focused on bringing high quality training to nannies at an affordable cost. The nannies that attend are a wonderful mix of entry to high level caregivers who have varied experience levels, educational backgrounds, and skill sets. The conference environment is friendly and informal, and creates a warm, welcoming space for all that attend.
Nannypalooza 2012 will be held on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th at the Philadelphia Airport Hilton. Festivities will kick off Friday night before the conference with an informal dinner at the hotel restaurant where attendees can connect with old friends and network with each other to make new ones.
Caregivers can attend for only $140 if they register by September 17th and for $170 if they register after that date. The registration fee includes all the workshop sessions, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, breakfast on Sunday, networking events, a jam-packed goodie bag, and a chance to win one of the amazing door prizes.
Hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday nights are available through the Nannypalooza block for only $89 per night, plus taxes and fees. Those rooms are limited so nannies should register and reserve their room as soon as possible.
Along with networking sessions during conference hours, there’s also a Saturday night game night that nannies can attend. For only $15 nannies can enjoy great company with both old and new friends, and can play a friendly game of group Pictionary or Charades. There will also be a light snack to top the night off.
The big picture goal of Nannypalooza is to provide training sessions that address the unique needs of nannies. Sue Downey says, “Each year nannies get a full slate of great workshops to choose from. I make sure there are sessions for beginning nannies just coming into the field and for nannies that have lots of experience. And I try to have a balance between childcare and professional development. This year I’ve brought back some favorites and have lots of new topics and speakers. Nannies are really excited about what they’ll be learning this year.”
The real world topics and top notch speakers at Nannypalooza account for much of its popularity and the high rate of nannies that attend year after year. This year features:
Lora Brawley of NannyBizReviews.com, Matthew Haack, and Michael Wright of the Domestic Estates Managers Association
There is also an extended session from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday afternoon. Distinguishing Yourself As A Childcare Professional: How To Share Your Expertise In The Interview And On The Job offered by job search expert Lora Brawley. In this training the attendees will learn a step-by-step process that will help them concretely define their vision, approach, and expertise, reinforce their role as childcare professionals, and successfully communicate their ideas during the interview process and within the employment relationship. Caregivers can attend the extended session for only $25 if they register by September 9th, for $35 if they register by October 7th, and $45 for on-site registration.
Each year Sue Downey takes on the challenge of creating a fun, light-hearted theme for the conference. This year will feature a Dr. Seuss theme from Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Attendees can expect Seuss-like surprises in all the unusual spots. This frivolity is representative of the relaxed atmosphere the conference promotes. It’s what makes Nannypalooza such a hit with nannies. They love being able to combine training with a sense of fun and adventure.
Continuing education is an important part of being a nanny. It helps you stay current on what’s happening with research in the childcare field, learn new skills and hone current ones, connect with like-minded colleagues, and get excited about the work you do. Nannypalooza is the perfect opportunity to get training and be part of the larger nanny community. As Sue Downey says, “It’s the only nanny conference that’s organized and run by nannies, for nannies.”
To register for Nannypalooza 2012, visit www.Nannypalooza.com. To register for the extended session, visit NannyBizReviews.com. If you have any additional questions, you can contact Sue Downey, the organizer, at SueDowney@Nannypalooza.com.
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