May 3-6, 2012 the nation’s best nannies and placement agencies gathered together in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate 27 years of excellence in an industry they are passionate about: in-home child care.
Over 200 members of the International Nanny Association gathered at the Tuscany Suites and Casino to increase their knowledge and hone their skills to polish up on their professionalism. “Unfortunately, the media often portrays nannies as something other than they really are” says Susan Tokayer, co-president of INA. “By educating the media, parents and the public on what a true professional nanny is, it is our hope that families will make better choices regarding childcare for their children.”
During the event, Nikki Gribble of Bethesda, Maryland was named the 2012 INA Nanny of The Year (NOTY) award recipient. “Nikki Gribble is a fine example of who and what today’s professional nanny is. An educated child care specialist with a genuine love and working knowledge of children” said Becky Kavanagh, 2006 INA Nanny of the Year and INA co-president. In addition to being the best of the best in her profession, she is of legal working status and adheres to all required state and federal tax laws; a hot topic not only in the political arena, but also in the media.
Nikki Gribble is a graduate of the English Nanny & Governess School and certified professional nanny. Gribble has five years of professional nanny experience, is an INA Credentialed Nanny and has been a member of INA since 2006. She is also a member of ADCAN (Association of DC Area Nannies), the oldest nanny support group in the United States and holds basic water rescue certification through the American Red Cross.
Nikki has carved out a niche for herself in caring for multiples. She was nominated for this prestigious award by her employers who are parents of twins.
As is tradition, this prestigious award was presented by the previous year’s award recipient, 2011 NOTY Marcia Hall at the annual NOTY Luncheon.
In addition to the 2012 NOTY Luncheon, the 27th annual INA conference included 3 days of information-packed workshops for all those involved in the in-home child care industry. Attended by nannies, governesses, newborn care specialists, traveling nannies, nanny agency owners and their staff, as well as industry service providers from all over the world, the conference featured noted speakers including Peter Shankman, founder of HARO, nationally recognized expert in household employment law, Bob King of Legally Nanny and nanny educator, Carolyn Stulberg, of the Alexandra School.