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Do Aupair Agencies allow Aupairs to look after pets ??

Pets are normally considered as a part of the family so all the Aupair Agencies should state on their websites that Aupairs duties might include looking after pets. Aupair looks after the children and helps the host family with some light housework. As Aupairs live as a part of the family the job description can change and some Aupairs might end up doing more or less housework than others. Every family is unique therefore the job duties varies. Your Aupair Agency should clearly explain what are the requirements of the family so there is no misunderstanding when the aupair arrives. Normally Aupairs mainly work with children, getting them ready for school, taking them to and from school, looking after them, taking them to after school clubs, prepare something for a dinner, occassional babysitting etc. All Aupairs are normally required to help with household chores, such as hovering, tidying up, laundry and ironing for the children, loading/unloading the dishwasher, etc. Many families in the UK have pets and they are treated as a part of the family. As a result of this Aupairs might end up looking after pets as well. They could take a dog for a walk, or just let them in the garden during the day, give them fresh water etc. I would not even say that this is a job description, pet lovers would enjoy take a dog for 10 min walk. When it comes to smaller pets, such as a cats they do not really need looking after, may be fresh water or a treat during the day would be welcome but normally cats just sleep during the day. I would not expect an Aupair to refuse to help the family with their pet if there is such need.Many Aupair Agencies state that Aupairs should not look after the family pets, but I disagree with this. 


1 Comment to Do Aupair Agencies allow Aupairs to look after pets ??:

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Pet Sitter Los Angeles on 01 October 2011 06:35
Yes! i think you are Discussing A really important issue in your blog!!i really like your Efforts!
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