Service Award Pin

Be recognized for your dedication and time working in the nanny industry through our Service Award Pins.

Individuals who have been employed as a nanny, newborn care specialists, nanny educator, placement agency owner, business staff, or other industry business owner for 5 or more years (working a minimum of 24 hours per week) and are currently an INA member in good standing may apply for the INA Service Award Pin.

2022 Applications are closed. Applications for the 2023 year will open later in 2022

Each year at the INA Annual Conference, Service Award Pins are presented during the INA Service Award Pin Ceremony. In 2022 will have just one application period (August 25 – December 15, 2021) and anyone who applies and is accepted to receive a pin will be recognized at the 2022 Conference. However, attendance at the conference is not required. If you are not able to attend the 2022 Conference, your pin will be mailed to you following the conference. All 2022 recipients will be a part of the video introduction. Due to cancelations in 2020 and 2021, all pin recipients from these years will be recognized at the 2022 Conference as well.

To apply for the INA Service Award Pin in 2022, you will need to do the following by December 15, 2021:

  • Be a current INA member.
  • Work legally in the country of employment within the in-home childcare industry for a minimum 1200 hours per year and be able to tell us the hours you’ve worked.
  • Complete the digital form which includes general information, 3 references (including at least one INA Member), a complete professional history, a bio of yourself in the 3rd person of around 200 words, and an
    attestation that information given is correct.
  • Pay the 2022 Service Pin Award Processing fee that can be found in the INA Estore of $30. (Product #8).
  • Email a professional headshot of yourself with no selfies or other people in the photo PLUS one additional photo.

Please note that we have streamlined the application process so that all applicants will be able to include their work history and bio within the digital form instead of needing to send in separate documents. We have also created a work history and bio example so that everyone can see the information we need. As you apply please keep in mind that your work history will be taken from your first paid position in the industry as an adult (18 years-old) through the end of our application deadline (December 15, 2021.) If your application is accepted, you will be notified by January 15, 2022

We will continue the new-found-tradition of creating a video of all Service Award Pin Recipients in addition to recognizing those pin recipients that are present at our annual conference. So, once the evaluation is finalized, you will be asked to provide us with a few additional images of yourself by February 1, 2022. If these images have children in them, we will need to have the parent or legal guardian of that child fill out a Photo Release form.

Please reach out to the office ( if you have questions about this.

Join us in congratulating our 2022 recipients. You can meet them HERE.


Pin History

The Harriette Grant Service Award Pin is presented to nannies and specialty nannies. This award pin, named in honor of Harriette Grant, reflects Harriette’s dedication to the nanny profession. Ms. Grant was a founding member of INA, a founding member of the Association of DC Area Nannies (ADCAN) and was selected as INA’s very first Nanny of the Year in 1990. Ms. Grant later went on to be a co-founder of the National Association of Nannies (NAN).

The INA Service Award Pin is presented to nanny educators, referral agency owners (or their staff), and business owners (or their staff) who serve the in-home child care industry.

The Service Award Pin program originated within the National Association of Nannies in 1995. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of past NAN members, the Service Award Pin concept will continue on within INA and will share the same goal of recognizing those within the in-home child care industry for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to professional excellence.

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Professional History Example

All INA Service Award Pin applicants will need to include their professional history in their digital application. 

  • Owner at “The Company Name” : Start 9/2016 : Current : Full time //
  • Nanny for NAME E Family : Start 8/2011 : End 8/2016 : Worked 180 hours a month // 
  • 8 month gap job hunting //
  • Nanny for NAME D Family : Start 9/2009 : End 12/2010 : Worked 60 hours a month // 
  • Nanny for NAME C Family : Start 11/2008 : End 8/2010 : Worked 100 hours a month //
  • 5 month gap for maternity leave //
  • Nanny for NAME B Family : Start 3/2006 : End 6/2008 : Worked 200 hours a month //
  • 1 year job outside of the in-home childcare industry //
  • Nanny for NAME A Family : Start 1/2004 : End 3/2005 : Worked 160 hours a month //

Biography Example

All Service Award Pin applicants must provide a Biography in their digital application. This Bio must be written in 3rd person and under 200 words.

Third Person looks like: 

Helen McCarthy is a Professional Qualified British Nanny (N.N.E.B) with over 28 years experience as a Nanny. She has devoted her career to the care of children at all stages of life, with all levels of needs. 

Third person is NOT: 

I am a Professional Qualified British Nanny (N.N.E.B) with over 28 years experience as a Nanny. I have devoted my career to the care of children at all stages of life, with all levels of needs. (first person)

You are a Professional Qualified British Nanny (N.N.E.B) with over 28 years experience as a Nanny. You have devoted your career to the care of children at all stages of life, with all levels of needs. (second person)