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Communication with a non-native English speaker

Communication with a non-native English speaker Dear Host Family, Even you have assessed the proficiency of your au pair's English as part of your selection process, their communication skills might be not as good as you would expect.  However, you will need to give the au pair time to come to terms with speaking English every day. With your support you will see the au pair's confidence and... Read more

How to get your kids to behave in a restaurant

How to get your kids to behave in a restaurant After news of a Poulsbo, Washington restaurant manager’s surprising “well-behaved children” discount for a family of five with three young children made national news, more parents began to sit up and take notice of how important ensuring their kids’ good behaviour while dining out really is. As those same parents know, however, conquering... Read more

How to be a fantastic host family?

How to be a fantastic host family? Maintaining a good working relationship with your au pair requires regular communication and negotiation, and showing that you care about your au pair is an essential part of the deal. Asking how your au pair’s day was, including her in family meals and outings, celebrating her birthday, and recognizing important holidays will go a long way... Read more

How to help your children transition from one au pair to another

How to help your children transition from one au pair to another Inviting an au pair into the family home is a wonderful way to provide children with quality child care. Au pairs often form bonds with children that even full-time nannies may not be able to, and parents are often comforted by the knowledge that a child’s au pair's is a regular presence in their children’s lives. However, inevitably, there... Read more

How to be a successful host family?

How to be a successful host family? ChildcareAn au pairs main responsibility is to take care of the host family's children. The au pair is expected to play with and occupy the children, help with their homework and take them to school, kindergarten or to their other activities. In addition, the au pair assists the family with light housework during the au pair stay, the children get... Read more

Some advice for host families – What to do in the first few days I.

Some advice for host families – What to do in the first few days I. Many au pairs will have travelled some distance to arrive in a foreign country. It is reasonable to give some time for recovery from the journey and to allow for acclimatisation to the new surroundings. You will find out much more about your new guest in the first few days. You will need to teach the au pair many things about the running of your... Read more

10 good reasons to hire an au pair

10 good reasons to hire an au pair 1. Flexible childcare, the hours you need childcare for change slightly week by week, or you need help before and after school hours and more in the school holidays. 2. Someone to help you with endless household chores, tidying, washing, food preparation, even dog walking! 3. Someone to occupy 1 or 2 of your children whilst you attend to/do... Read more

Au pairs, nannies and other people working in your home

Au pairs, nannies and other people working in your home Do you want to live with a host family in the UK and look after their children, whilst learning more about the British culture and language? Do the quick check and find out if you are eligible to be an au pair in the UK. Do you want to host an au pair in your household to have an extra pair of hand to help you out? Do the quick check and find... Read more

Is Au Pair Program Abroad Right for You?

Not sure if becoming an au pair abroad is right for you? Test yourself and good luck!