Nominate a Nanny for the SPARK Award!

Town + Country Resources is proud to join with Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) members from across the country to sponsor the first annual SPARK Awards for Excellence in Nanny Care. The SPARK Awards, created by Lora Brawley of Nanny Biz Reviews, celebrate everyday nannies doing extraordinary work to support parents, care for children and strengthen families.

In recent years, Lora Brawley started noticing just how many amazing people are in our industry and how little recognition these caregivers receive for all that they do. Everyday we are surrounded by nannies who personify lofty ideas like passion, commitment, creativity, life-long learning, devotion, professionalism and service. Who teach, support, play, encourage, hug, soothe, laugh, explore and love for a living. Brawley wanted to reward and recognize these nannies, so she created the SPARK award for Excellence in Child Care. Along with honoring the dedication and hard-work of nannies, the SPARK Award celebrates the diversity found in today’s nanny workforce and showcases what quality nanny care looks like in the real world.

There are two award categories, Enthusiastic Newcomer and Seasoned Veteran that showcase individual excellence in nanny care demonstrated by exceptional childcare, impactful work, and a positive, encouraging attitude. Town + Country’s commitment to unbeatable client service and quality nanny care is the perfect companion to the mission of the SPARK Awards.

So what criteria are nannies judged on? Of course the most important part of being an excellent nanny is providing excellent childcare so that’s at the top of the criteria list. In addition, there are characteristics that all successful nannies share and SPARK outlines those things. A nanny with SPARK:

  • Has a Service-minded or “How can I help?” outlook;
  • Acts in a Professional way;
  • Has a positive Attitude about her job and her role as a nanny;
  • Is Resourceful and knows where to go for information, ideas and support; and
  • Is Knowledgeable and understands how to foster a child’s healthy development.

The Enthusiastic Newcomer is for caregivers who’ve worked as a nanny for 2 or more years. The Seasoned Veteran is for nannies who have been working for 10 or more years.

Anyone can nominate a nanny and you can nominate as many nannies as you want. Town + Country certainly couldn’t choose just one! All you have to do is answer a few quick questions to get the ball rolling.

Nominees will complete a short online application, submit reference letters and a 2 to 10 minute video. The process is quick, easy and painless. Unless of course you don’t like to be on camera! Don’t worry you can do it!

The winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and a selection committee. Your vote helps pick the winners. You’ll have the chance to watch each nominee’s video and vote for your favorite nanny through the Nanny Biz Reviews’ Facebook page. We know it’s hard to pick just one nanny so you are allowed 5 votes!

At the close of the voting period, the two nominees in each category with the most votes will become finalists. The selection committee will choose a third “wild card” finalist in each category.

The vote tally for each nominee will be converted into a score, which will count for 50% of the nominee’s total score. Each member of the selection committee will score each nominee and those committee scores will count for the other 50% of the nominee’s total score. The nominee with the highest total score in each category will be the winner.

Whew! That’s a lot of math but the winners will really represent the diversity and the collective voice of the nanny community.

The winners of the 2013 SPARK Awards for Excellence In Nanny Care will be honored at their local National Nanny Training Day event on Saturday, April 20th, 2013. Each SPARK Award winner will receive a gift package including a cash prize.

Select APNA agencies have generously come together to be the collective sponsors of these events and the award. We all see the great work nannies do every day and are excited about being part of the SPARK Awards.

For all the details on the SPARK Award, please visit Nanny Biz Reviews. We need your help to spread the word and make the dream of honoring nannies in a real way become a reality.