About Us

Our Mission

INA’s mission is to serve as the umbrella association for the in-home child care industry by providing information, education and guidance to the public and to industry professionals.

The International Nanny Association (INA), a nonprofit organization, serves as the umbrella organization for the in-home child care industry. INA members include nannies, nanny employers, nanny agencies, educators and industry service providers. Since 1985, INA has worked to professionalize the industry by setting high standards for industry professionals and nanny agencies. INA leverages the expertise of industry professionals from around the globe to help increase awareness about the industry, to develop the professional skills of nannies, and to educate parents about the benefits of hiring a qualified nanny to care for their children.

What has INA Accomplished?

INA’s mandate is to provide education, information, networking, advocacy and research relating to the in-home child care industry. Since 1985, INA members have established definitions for various in-home child care positions and developed the Commitment to Professional Excellence that all within the In-home Childcare Industry should strive to adhere to. We have published recommended practices for not just nannies and placement agencies but also background checks, educators and newborn care specialists. INA also developed the first nationally recognized Nanny Credential Exam and a Nanny Basic Skills Assessment. The INA also provides a Member Directory, Job Board and a professional ethics review process.

INA publishes important Tool-Kits to assist its nanny agency members to operate in line with the INA’s Recommended Practices and to flourish. Publications include:



The INAVision newsletter is supplemented by our web site, www.nanny.org and our INA Weekly Brief, and a range of INA publications. INA continues to provide educational programming via an annual conference where nannies, agency owners, educators and industry service providers are brought together to attend workshops and personal development sessions. INA conducts industry studies and tracks the latest news and industry related trends to keep its members and the public informed.