UAE supernannies in the spotlight
Contest to highlight welfare of domestic workers
Have you got a Mary Poppins or a Mrs Doubtfire in your home?
You might just have the best nanny in the country.
Domestic workers in the UAE are to be recognised for their work.
Organised by Rise, a startup that seeks to help migrant workers build a better future, the aim of the UAE Best Nanny Awards is to showcase the importance they play in households across the UAE – and to put the spotlight on their welfare.
Employers can nominate their nannies online. Entries will then be put to public vote, before a shortlist of nannies will be judged on how they help and support the children in their care.
Padmini Gupta, CEO and founder of the Best Nanny Awards, said: “The awards seek to recognise the importance of the role they play. Nannies spend a lot of time in the background – helping our children and us shine on our big days – be it at work or at home.
“We wanted to give a platform for the nannies to shine and a way for families to recognise them – by nominating them.”
Nominations will be uploaded online with a photograph or video from employers or their children, outlining why they think their domestic helper deserves recognition.
The posts will then be shared on the personal pages of the employer and the nanny and open to vote. Those with the most votes will face a panel of judges.
“We will look at their ability to build a caring and nurturing environment for the children,” added Padmini.
She added: “They will also be judged on the ability to imbibe healthy eating habits in the children, her support in child learning and development and her understanding of child safety and emergency handling. We have constituted a panel of experts to ensure the process is fair and impartial.” The awards were launched on October 1 and so far 50 completed entries have received 5,000 votes. Nishita Shah, mum of two, has nominated her Filipina nanny of nine years. She said: “I feel one of the reasons we live in the UAE is because we have help at home. They work really hard so that we can do whatever we want. We trust them 100 per cent and they have a lot more control over our families than we ourselves do. This is a great way to show our gratitude to the nannies. “My daughter, when she was five, if anyone would ask her ‘where are you from?’ she would say, ‘I am half Indian, half Palestinian and half Filipino’. That’s how much my daughter loves her nanny.” The deadline for nominations is October 15.
RECOGNITION: Parbati, one of the nominees
SUPER: One of the nannies nominated so far. To enter visit the GrowWithRise Facebook page