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What are the eligibility requirements for the Enthusiastic Newcomer SPARK award?

At the time of entry, the nanny must:

• be legally allowed to work in the United States.

• be classified as a household employee and paid according to current tax law.

• be currently working in a full-time nanny position.

• have at least 2 years of full-time nanny experience.

• have at least 1 verifiable nanny reference.

• have 1 additional verifiable childcare reference letter.
What information do I need to complete the submission form?

You’ll need to provide or upload:

1. your complete contact information

2. the details of your work history including the dates of employment, a short description of your duties and the contact information of your current and past employers

3. required letters of reference in PDF or JPEG

4. video entry
What are the eligibility requirements for the Seasoned Veteran SPARK Award?

At the time of entry, the nanny must be:

• be legally allowed to work in the United States.

• be classified as a household employee and paid according to current tax law.

• be currently working in a full-time nanny position.

• have at least 10 years of full-time nanny experience.

• have at least 3 nanny reference letters.

How do I convert my reference letters into PDF or JPEG form?

If your letters are in paper form, you’ll need to scan them into a computer file and save them in PDF or JPEG format. If you don’t have a scanner at home, most office supply stories like Staples or Office Max provide very inexpensive scanning services. Once you have the letters in a digital file format, make sure you can upload them from the computer you’ll be using to complete the submission application.
What is the SPARK Award for Excellence in Nanny Care?

The SPARK Award celebrates everyday nannies doing extraordinary work to support parents, care for children and strengthen families. The two award categories, Enthusiastic Newcomer and Seasoned Veteran, showcases individual excellence in nanny care demonstrated by exceptional childcare, impactful work, and a positive, encouraging attitude.
Who created the SPARK Award?

The SPARK Award was created and is coordinated by Lora Brawley, owner of NannyBizReviews.com, TopNannyTalent.com and AtoZNannyContract.com; and creator of National Nanny Training Day. You can read her full bio here.
What does SPARK stand for?

Of course the most important part of being an excellent nanny is providing excellent childcare. On top of that, there are characteristics that all successful nannies share and SPARK outlines those things. A nanny with SPARK:

Spark celebrates nannies doing extraordinary work not only in the field of childcare but also to support new mother and strengthening the family bonds. Spark awards nannies who are doing impactful work and has a positive impactful attitude. An employer or an agency representative or a friend can fill in the form and upload to nominate a nannyclick here to Learn even more here

has a Service-minded or “How can I help?” outlook.

acts in a Professional way.

has a positive Attitude about herself, her job, and her role as a nanny.

is Resourceful and knows where to go for information, ideas and support.

is Knowledgeable and understands how to foster a child’s healthy development.
What are the categories of the SPARK Awards?

There are two categories: the Enthusiastic Newcomer and the Seasoned Veteran. Although each category highlights a nanny with a different experience level, both categories showcase individual excellence in nanny care demonstrated by exceptional childcare, impactful work, and a positive, encouraging attitude.
I have someone I want to nominate but I’m afraid she’ll be intimated or overwhelmed by the process. Is there help available?

Yes! I don’t want anyone excluded from the SPARK Award because of a language barrier, the technical requirements or any other reason. Please contact me directly at info@nannybizreviews.com with your concerns and I will do my best to connect you to the people and resources that can help guide your nominee through the process.
How do I make my video entry?

Check back soon for a tutorial on how to record and upload your video.
Who can nominate a nanny?

Anyone! A nanny can be nominated by her employer, her agency, another nanny, a friend, family member, or anyone who thinks she’s an excellent caregiver and deserves recognition. A nanny can even nominate herself.
Can I nominate more than one nanny?

Absolutely! I encourage you to nominate as many deserving nannies as you know that meet the eligibility requirements. Of course there can one be one winner in each category but each nominated nanny will receive recognition for being a nominee and will feel appreciated and honored to be in the company of great caregivers.
How are the winners chosen?

The winners will be chosen through a 50/50 combination of public voting and a selection committee.

All nominees will submit a video that will be added to the online SPARK Award video showcase. Viewers can vote for their favorite nominees through the Nanny Biz Reviews’ facebook page.

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.

How many times can I vote?

You can vote up to 5 times.
Who’s allowed to vote on the videos?

Everyone! The more people that vote, the more people who see what excellent nanny care looks like in the real world.
Can I vote for the same nominee more than once?

Yes. But even if you have a favorite I encourage you to watch a few of the other videos. You might find another caregiver you’re equally impressed with!