Have You Nominated a Nanny for the SPARK Award?

SPARK APNA buttonAs you know, Town + Country Resources is proud to join with other member agencies from the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) 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 care for children, support parents and strengthen families.

This April, Nannies will be chosen to win awards in one of two categories: The “Enthusiastic Newcomer” and “Seasoned Veteran” awards both showcase individual excellence in Nanny care demonstrated by exceptional childcare, impactful work and a positive, encouraging attitude. T+C’s commitment to unbeatable client service and quality Nanny care is the perfect companion to the mission of the SPARK Awards. The Enthusiastic Newcomer award is for Nannies who have worked professionally for two or more years. The Seasoned Veteran award is for Nannies who have been working in the field for 10 years or more.

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 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.

Anyone can nominate a Nanny and you can nominate as many Nannies as you want. I know I couldn’t choose just one! All you have to do is answer a few quick questions to get the ball rolling.

Nominated Nominees will receive an email letting them know they’ve been nominated and inviting them to complete the application form and submit the supporting materials, such as a 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! But don’t worry, you can do it!

Winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and the deliberations of the selection committee. Your votes will help 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 just five votes!

At the close of the voting period, 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. One winner will then be chosen from those finalists based on a score given by their original vote numbers plus the votes of the selection committee.

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, including T+C, have generously come together to be the collective sponsors of these events and awards.  We all see the great work Nannies do every day and are excited about being part of the SPARK Awards.

Click here for more details on the SPARK Award. Nominate a Nanny, spread the word and help honor this profession!