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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.