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Aupairs, timetable and duty list

Many Aupair Agencies will tell you how important it is to give your Aupair a duty list and a time-table so there is no misunderstanding about their duties and responsibilities. Weplaceaupairs highlights the importance as well. Sometimes families do not realize the importance of giving the Aupair a written timetable which will also include a duty list. Most of the Aupairs  never lived away from home or only lived with friends so there probably was not  a time in their life when they were expected to follow a housework or childcare routine. All the Aupairs have done some housework in their life, some more than others but this is probably a first time in their life when they are getting paid for looking after the house.

What to expect from your Aupair first two weeks??

Weplaceaupairs recommends to spend couple of days with your new aupair to show them the area, children's school, language school, shops, nearest train station or buss stop. Most of the Aupair Agencies state that Aupairs are not Nannies or Housekeepers. Aupairs have some childcare experience, some more than others,  but they will rely on your guidance the first two weeks. Every child is very unique so any tips on how to handle your children will be very welcome by the Aupair. If the Aupair is little bit shy the first couple of days, please encourage them by talking to them and asking them questions. This will give them confidence to talk and not to worry about the mistakes they might make.

What are the advantages of having a live-in Aupair ??

The cost of nurseries has dramatically increased over the years so that's why Aupairs are very popular and our Aupair Agency receives manny enquiries regarding Aupairs. These days it's very hard to find a live-out part time childcare, and I am sure that many parents have experienced this. Employing a qualified Nanny can be costly and most of the families cannot afford to pay a full time Nanny. I have been quoted £9-10 per hour!! You might have looked into the cost of putting your child in a nursery and I was myself shocked how expensive this can be. Childminder might be a possibility but again not everybody can afford to pay £6++ per hour and not everybody is comfortable with the idea of having your child staying in somebody else's house.

How to find good Aupair Agencies

There are many Aupair Agencies in London, or other parts of UK but to find a good Aupair Agency can be challege. We are hoping that our tips will help you. There are many Aupair Agencies on the internet, just google "aupair agencies" and you will see. Many of them are members of different aupair organisation e.g. British Aupair Association or International Aupair association. Choosing an Aupair Agency based on the fact that there are members of aupair association does not necessarily means that such agency is reputable and will provide efficient service. Membership in such organisation cost around £300 a year and any agency that have been in a business for over a year is welcome to join. I have come across agencies who were members of such organisation but did not follow their guidelines so why join. Having a logo of aupair association on their website, does not guarantee anything these days.  If you are looking for a good Aupair Agency phone around, ask them to send you their information pack, look at their terms and condition of business, look at the quality of the files of Aupairs and  also check if all the Aupair applicants have police checks, and medical certificate. It's definitely a good idea to phone such Aupair Agency, have a chat with them, and ask them for suggestion on how to chose a good aupair. I am sure that after speaking to couple of Aupair Agencies, looking at their files of Aupairs, terms and condition of business, you will be able to chose a good aupair agency.

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.

When your new Aupair arrives

Our Aupair Agency tries to give as much support as possible to all the host families and also Aupairs.
When an Aupair arrives in the host family, it can be difficult for both of them. Their Aupair Agency should be there to offer them a guidance and help if needed. We always email both, the family and also the Aupair, to find out if all is going well. Our Aupair Agency can give the Aupairs a guidance on language schools and also contact details for other Aupairs which we believe is very important. We recommend that the families choose a language school  which offers courses that will not overlap with the Aupair's timetable.
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