The INA has worked to bring standards to the nanny industry for almost 35 years and the Board will continue to work to support the whole industry. We have news for our members today.
First, based on feedback from our members, we are making a change to the previously called “Caregiver Membership.” Effective now, this category will be called “Childcare Professional” to better define what it is intended for nannies, au pairs, babysitters and other in-home childcare professionals. If you were a “Caregiver Member” it will be automatically changed in your member portal within the next 7 days. “Childcare Professional Members” will still be able to select their own title that will be listed on the membership directory when the individual updates it in the member portal.
The Board also wishes to let the INA membership know that effective September 1, 2019, there will be a change to the INA membership dues in four categories. The (newly renamed) Childcare Professional category will change from $45 to $55 annually. The Placement Agency and Educator Members will change from $295 to $325 annually and the Industry Service category will change from $395 to $425. The last time any of these categories had a change to pricing was in 2013. While changes like this are never taken lightly by the Board, changes in the economy and increases to the costs of running the INA as an organization have made this necessary, just like for any other business. We will continue to work hard to support our membership and look forward to an ongoing great organization.
Finally, we would love to debut our NINE NEW VIDEOS. INA’s Recommended Practices for Nannies, Placement Agencies, Background Checks, and Educators have been around for many years. Earlier in 2019, the Board of Directors rolled out updated versions of these as well as the development of Recommended Practices for Support Groups, Business Staff, Nanny Employers, Newborn Care Specialists, Industry Services, and Online Recruiting Platforms.
And now we have made these best practices into easy to digest videos to help spread the word about the standards to which we should all aspire. Use these videos by:
- Confirming you are holding to high standards in the industry.
- Giving them to employers and potential employers.
- Sharing through social media.
- Adding them to your website.
- Using them when teaching students.
- Distributing them to your clients and placements.
Please reach out to the INA office if you have any questions.