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!
Pancake Day (What's New?)
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to... Read more
February Half Term: Activities, events & things to do (Tips for Au Pairs)
Wondering what’s on this half term? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve gathered a list of the best half term activities, events and things to do across the UK. With attractions all over the country going the extra mile for you and your little ones this February half term, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to half term events. Check the... Read more
History of Valentine’s Day (What's New?)
How did St. Valentine become associated with love and romance? Get the full story behind the holiday. Conversation hearts, truffles galore and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates—these are the symbols of Valentine’s Day for many lovers around the world. But why do we have a “sweets to the sweet” tradition every February 14? While the roots of... Read more
How does BREXIT affect the au pair programme right now? (Help me! I am moving abroad!)
According to the British government, EU nationals can move freely in and out of the UK until the end of 2020 with no extra visa arrangements. For now, au pair placements in the UK can continue as usual.Brexit has been in the headlines for months and months in a very confusing way. At the present time, no one knows exactly what relationship the UK... Read more
5 Smart Reasons to Consider a Gap Year Before College (Build up your career!)
The announcement that first daughter Malia Obama would take a gap year before starting college at Harvard had many students and families taking a second look at options for delaying entry into college and using the extra time to explore potential interests and careers. As the new school year begins for many students and a gap year begins for some... Read more