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Nanny slate: USYD hosts industry’s first conference

The inaugural Australian Nanny Conference has been announced.

The conference will be at the University of Sydney on June 12–14, and is a networking and training event for nannies nationwide. Melina Marchetta, the author of Looking for Alibrandi, will be the keynote speaker and aims to bring an understanding of teenagers and young adults to her professional audience.

Hope Skinner, event director and founder of the blog Nanny Shecando, said she found it surprising an event such as this didn’t already exist. Skinner also said that as the industry was growing at record speed, this conference was the perfect opportunity for nannies to be properly recognised as quality providers of childcare.

“The Australian Nanny Conference provides an opportunity for industry professionals to come together to [address] the common misperception that nannying is an inferior alternative to childcare, and to help further cement it as a legitimate profession,” Skinner said. “It’s high time that nannying was recognised as a respectable and valuable profession.”

Skinner also said the conference would help nannies accelerate their professional development through the training events on offer. She said the core objective was for nannies to develop new methods of learning and to help other nannies provide the best quality childcare.

Representatives from various nanny agencies will attend, giving attendees the chance to interact with potential employers.

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