The Australian Nanny Association is very excited to announce it’s fifth AGM and our third Nanny Convention this year in Sydney!

Our guest speakers announced so far….

Robin Grille is a father, psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin’s first book: Parenting for a Peaceful World has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA, UK, Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand. His second book, Heart to Heart Parenting, was first published in Australia, is now available in an updated USA edition, as well as in German and Korean.

Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children.Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from 28 years clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin’s seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.

To find out more about Robin Grille’s work, his books, articles and seminars visit: www.hearttoheartparenting.org and www.our-emotional-health.com

With decades of combined experience in the Early Childhood Industry, Donna and Angela have made this business their passion to educate and empower nannies, parents, carers and educators in all the developmental milestones for children aged 2-6 years old. Their number one focus is to ensure all carers who have contact with children of this age group are providing the life skills necessary for children to grow into responsible, caring and capable young adults.

Donna and Angela will discuss communication in regards to initiating, planning and delivering information that is vital for a parent to know even if it is undesirable behaviours. They will share tips and strategies that have helped them throughout their professional careers with both parents and co-workers.

See Back on Track for more details

Dr Kristy Goodwin is one of Australia’s leading digital parenting experts (and mum who also has to deal with her kids’ techno-tantrums!).

She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, speaker, researcher and media commentator. Dr Kristy arms parents and professionals working with young children with research-based information about what today’s young, digital kids really need to thrive online and offline.

Kristy takes the guesswork and guilt out of raising kids in the digital age by arming parents and professionals with facts, not fears about how screens are impacting on children’s health, wellbeing and development (without telling you to ban the iPad, or unplug the TV).

Louise Cosgrove is Team Leader at Kids and Traffic​, the Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program at Macquarie University. Louise has worked in a variety of early education and care and adult education settings prior to joining Kids and Traffic 15 years ago. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Educational Leadership in Early Childhood Education. Louise is passionate about improving safety outcomes for young children as vulnerable road users.

See www.kidsandtraffic.mq.edu.au for more information.

Sarah Breckenridge an Association Montessori Internationale trained Infant Community Director at Inner Sydney Montessori School. Here classes are offered for children from Birth to three year old. Most of the programs involved a carer attending with the child as it is as much a learning environment for the adult as it is the child.

A principal goal of ISMS is to assist every child to become a happy, confident, independent learner who reaches his or her highest academic potential.

Associate Professor Elisabeth Murphy is the Senior Clinical Advisor, Child and Family Health, NSW Ministry of Health and an expert in child health whose medical career has been devoted to ensuring the best possible health outcomes for children and families. Maintaining a focus on child population health, she has overseen the implementation of a number of early intervention programs designed to lead to improved health throughout life, including NSW-wide evidence based screening programs for hearing and vision, Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health programs, and promotion of health checks for improved child development and health in the NSW Personal health Record. Concurrent with her Ministry role, A/Prof Murphy works in Northern Sydney Local Health District as Network Director for Child, Youth and Family Services. A/Prof Murphy’s academic role as Discipline Head of Child Health at the University of Notre Dame reveals her deep commitment to addressing child population health issues with the next generation of doctors.

Literacy for Littlies

Shelly grew up in England surrounded by animals and a feisty palomino pony. She was the middle child of three, but also had eleven foster siblings (not all at the same time!) Shelly studied Teaching and Biology at University and moved to Australia in 2002.  Shelly Unwin debut series of five picture books, You’re One! You’reTwo! You’re Three! You’re Four! and You’re Five! was released on the 1st June, receiving instant success and Shelly has two more picture books coming out in 2018, marking the cusp of a very exciting career. Shelly is actively involved with several schools as the ‘author in residence’ for their writing programs and has spoken at several writers’ events in Sydney. Shelly lives on Sydney’s North Shore with her husband and their two young children.

Penny Morrison is the author of Captain Sneer, the Buccaneer published by Walker Books and listed as a 2017 notable picture book by the CBCA. Her other books include Hey! Is that how God made me? and The Mighty Mighty King Christmas Book, with her next book coming out in 2018.
Penny is trained as an Early Childhood Educator, leads a weekly music group for toddlers and their carers and regularly presents workshops for adults and children. She lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with her husband and three children.

Stephen has 7 years combined in consumer electronics industry with Dick Smith and Harvey Norman. His management role with Dick Smith took him to many stores and landed him an opportunity to relocate to Alice Springs for 2.5 years and start the brand there. Stephen was fortunate enough to be involved in Indigenous employment programs as a presenter and mentor; a challenging and rewarding experience.


After a few years break he is back in the industry part-time looking after businesses and school accounts. His goal is to help provide smart solutions to enhance everyday life and business, bridging the knowledge gap and simplifying the process.

Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris are authors of the Promised Land.

In Promised Land, a young Prince and a farm boy meet in the forest and their newfound friendship blossoms into love. However, when the Queen re-marries, her sinister new husband seeks control of the Enchanted Forest and the land the farm boy’s family are responsible for protecting.
In a Kingdom where all are equal regardless of what they look like or who they love, Promised Land is a brand new fairytale about friendship, responsibility, adventure and love.

Liz escaped from the legal profession after 15 long years in practice to establish a Sydney presence for the online learning platform for lawyers – CPD Interactive which she continues from the Bondi Junction HQ of The Little Space.

Knitter, runner and reader – Liz sometimes does all of this simultaneously whilst helping her 3 noisy primary schoolers with their homework. Passionate about genuine workplace flexibility and leadership opportunities for women.

Rachelle has had an eclectic career and has held roles in many work genres. She prides herself on being a ‘go-to’ person and will always go out of her way to help family, a friend or colleagues.

A mother, music lover, sun seeker and self proclaimed homebody, Rachelle will always be on the go and does so in her own quirky and unconventional yet stylish way. Rachelle has experienced first hand the lack of flexibility in the corporate workplace and set about creating grass roots change for women through The Little Space concept.

As the NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM, leads a team that provides advocacy, dispute resolution and business support services for small businesses in New South Wales.

Robyn has worked in a diverse range of sectors and has held senior executive positions with the State Chamber of Commerce, Sydney Opera House, and the City of Sydney and is a passionate place maker.

Robyn received an OAM in 2009 for her services to the community founding Carols in the Domain and raising funds for the Salvation Army.

ANA Agency lunch is being held on Friday 10th of November. (Non members welcome).

For more information about the NSW small business Commissioner, please visit www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au.

Jay Laga’aia is a much-loved actor and children’s entertainer. His film credits include Nim’s Island and Star Wars, and television credits on Home and Away, Bed of Roses, Legend of the Seeker, Xena Warrior Princess and of course, Play School! He has played Mufasa in The Lion King, The Wizard in Wicked The Musical, and most recently performed in Children of the Sun with Sydney Theatre Company.

A gifted musician Jay has written and recorded four children’s albums with ABC for Kids and toured his live show throughout Australia.

Jay is currently shooting the third series of his children’s television show, Jay’s Jungle, for 7TWO.

Jay is the Queensland Government’s kindy ambassador and is a passionate advocate for early childhood education and early literacy.

Jay is a proud father of 8.

Thomas Rastas is Senior Digital Specialist at Melbourne IT Group

Tom is a leading digital marketer who has assisted a number of Australian companies with their digital and social strategies. He is currently, Netregistry expert Digital Strategist, bringing over 7 years of in-depth online marketing experience.