This website uses cookies
We request permissions to obtain statistics of your browser navigation. If your keep browsing, we consider that you accept the use of cookies
x
---

Blog

The needs of an Au Pair

As we already know, welcoming an Au Pair into our home gives us many advantages, such as the possibility for the children to learn a new language and for the parents to exchange the history and the cuisine of the home countries. Nevertheless, apart from the advantages, if you are a family thinking about welcoming an Au Pair into your home, you need to consider also the needs of these young people. We’ll give you here a short list of the main things to keep in mind before beginning the programme:

  • A room with enough facilities to live in. You need to have a room where the au pair can feel at home and have his/her own intimacy. The person who will look after the children will live in your house but needs to have a place to stay in his/her free time.
  • Free time to get to know the city, attend a language school and go out with other people. Moreover, it’s important for the Au Pair to know beforehand his/her working hours to organize his/her time and activities. It’s normal that sometimes you suddenly need his/her help or some extra working hours which are not listed in the contract (babysitting), but the best thing is always tell him/her as in advance as possible.
  • S-/he will need help and understanding, especially the first days, since s-/he arrives in an unknown place. Surely, s-/he will thank you if you show him/her the city and the surroundings where s-/he will live and, if possible, if you introduce him/her to other people with whom s-/he could spend his/her free time.
  • Maybe s-/he hasn’t the same eating habits as you, therefore it’s always positive to get interested in his/her tastes and to try to buy food s-/he will like.
  • In most cases, it’s hard to express yourself in an unknown language. That’s why, it would be a great thing if you manage to take some time each day to talk with the Au Pair, asking him/her about his/her day, if s-/he has visited some new place… In this way, you will interest yourself in your children and help the aupair to improve the language.
  • You will need to help him/her to get a mobile phone, a bank account and a public transport card.

 

With a little understanding and empathy from everyone, everything will surely go smoothly and finally the Au Pair will be part of the family!