UAE su­per­nan­nies in the spot­light

Con­test to high­light wel­fare of do­mes­tic work­ers

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Veathika Jain @veathika

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

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