Only take advice from an expert who has been an Au Pair
Everything about au pairing, living abroad, fitting into a family, learning the language, dealing with children and their parents, solving unknown problems, dealing with unfamiliar situations can be challenging, but with hindsight it is great fun and a once in a life time experience.
This blog is also about preparing families to be the best, making an au pair hosting as smooth and enjoyable as possible. I am using my own childcare, teacher, former au pair as well as our host family’s experience.
Au pair placement is one of the most popular ways of living abroad and arranging live-in childcare. I would like to help all of you to succeed in this exciting period.
As a former au pair and expat I know this subject inside out.
I hope you will find my advice helpful!
New Year's resolutions 2018 (Build up your career!)
Here are some New Year resolutions ideas for you! Stop procrastinating: The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this... Read more
Advent Handcraft Ideas (Bilingual Au Pair Training)
Advent is one of the most exciting times of the year for children (and for some of us grown-ups too!) We have pulled together our collections of advent crafts, advent printables, advent calendars, advent origami and other advent activities to help you enjoy it with your own and your host family. Angels crafts - great ideas from unusual materials... Read more
Guidelines for Au Pairs and Host Families By BAPAA (Tips for Au Pairs)
The guidelines below are to be considered in use from Thursday 7 September 2017 for new placements and fully implemented by 1st January 2018. Individual families or agencies may wish to improve on these benefits, but these should be offered as a minimum. Nature of the Programme: The Au Pair programme is a cultural exchange programme. Au Pairs... Read more
What is Remembrance Day? (What's New?)
Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day, is held in Commonwealth countries to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, as well as all those who have been involved with and affected by war and conflict. Originally declared a special day in 1919 by King George V to remember the soldiers killed in the First World War, now we... Read more
Your first few days with your host family (Tips for Au Pairs)
In the few days of your stay with your host family, you should Play and be with the children and visit with the host family as much as possibleYou may feel shy or homesick, but spending time with your new host family will help you bond with them and become comfortable more quickly than if you spend your free time alone in your room. Ask how to... Read more