GlobalAppointments.com An Internet service for the International Au Pair jobs community, forging links between prospective employers/employees across the globe.
GlobalAppointments.com has a high capacity database and friends across the world, thus ensuring that advertisements will be seen by all the right people. With high levels of exposure users are provided with the best possible chance of achieving their goal.
Please select (click) one of the following section headings for further, specific information:
What is an Au Pair?
What is an Au Pair Plus?
Employing an Au Pair
Working as an Au Pair
An Au Pair is any one between the age of 17-30 who travels to a foreign country in order to study the language and culture whilst living as part of a family. In return for full board and lodgings and pocket money they will help with the children and perform light household duties. Many countries e.g. Australia, Canada do not have an official AuPair jobs programme, however they do offer a similar opportunity to those wishing to work in their country . Australia for example has the Working Holiday Programme, Canada has the Live-in Caregiver Programme.
The majority of Au Pairs are young and will have very little childcare experience, except for maybe baby-sitting or looking after children of close relatives and friends. Aupair jobs are not the same as nanny jobs and an aupair should never be left in sole charge of babies or young children until the family are sure that the aupair can cope.
Language proficiency varies widely, one way to check an aupairs skills in any given language is to read their personal account in their advert. We always encourage aupairs to write in the language of the country they wish to work.
Most girls apply to stay for 6-12 months but we always have plenty of girls who wish to stay for longer or shorter time periods e.g. Holiday placements only.
They must have their own room and be able to attend Foreign language classes . They do not expect to earn a lot, but it is always best to pay your aupair the going rate or above, thus ensuring they have a good quality of life with you and wish to stay.
Sometimes the normal 5 hours a day or 25 hours may not be enough for a busy family with two working parents. Should this be the case,
for example in school holidays or even at other times, you could consider an AU PAIR PLUS. However please note that an Au Pair Plus
may not have full sole charge of young children under the age of 3 years. Part time care is permissable for children aged 2 & over. If both parents
go out to work, a Mothers Help or a Nanny is the appropriate choice for younger children.
An Au Pair Plus is normally a single person, male or female, aged 17 years or more, who comes to the UK as part of a language and cultural
exchange programme. This means that they undertake to live with a UK-based family for an agreed period of 3-24 months and to help them with
their children and light household chores for around 26-35 hours per week. While an Au Pair Plus can work more than a normal au pair, the hours
should be kept to maximum of 30 per week where possible, to enable the au pair plus to attend language classes. A 35 hour week should only be
expected where this is unavoidable and certainly should not be a regular occurence. In exchange an au plus plus must receive full board and lodging,
including their own room for their exclusive use, and minimum weekly pocket money of £65-75 plus a week outside
London (we recommend at least £75-90 per week if you live in London). They should have two days completely free from daytime work, ideally
the weekends. However if the host mother or father have jobs which involve weekend work, it is possible for the Au Pair's day or days off to be
given during the week, subject to prior agreement. In addition to daytime working hours, an Au Pair Plus can babysit up to two nights per week
at no further cost to the hosts, provided advance warning is given.
Obtaining a visa is not as complicated as it may seem. Most countries insist that the aupair has a found a family before she/he travels and that the family either obtain the visa for her/him or write a supporting letter.
Visa's are not expensive to apply for but there are many rules and regulations the family offering the aupair job, and the aupair must abide by. The best website for all the information you need is:
Click here for full details about Visas and Work Permits
Whilst GlobalAppointments offers this advertising service to Au Pairs, families should be aware that they must carry out a thorough check on a candidate
before offering them work. Families should also be aware that Aupair jobs agencies who specialise in supplying Au Pairs to families do not normally interview the Au Pair before offering them to a family. We would advise families to reject an Au Pair who is unable to supply copies of childcare related references with contact details. You could have backgrounds checked by a CV checking agency such as CVbonafide.com (see our resources menu), which should work out much cheaper than using, say, a nanny agency for the purpose.
Parents should be aware that recent research has shown that the communication skills of young children are seriously compromised by prolonged exposure to an Au Pair who speaks poor English. The implications of this are clear. Choose an Au Pair who speaks the English
language with confidence!
At the outset make sure that your Au Pair knows how to contact you in an emergency, and that she is given a list of the telephone numbers of
e.g. friends, doctors, hospitals, etc. Many Au Pairs will not know to call 999 in the UK, for example.
General advice regarding aupair jobs
- Hours of work/Pocket Money.
Aupair jobs are between 5-7 hours per day with two full free days off per week. Recommended pocket money is a minimum of £65 (up to £90 for a Au Pair plus in London) per week (every country is different). An Au Pair from within the EEC/EEA may occasionally work longer hours providing she is agreeable and properly remunerated, or given time off in lieu.
Your Au Pair can be asked to baby-sit two nights a week as part of her weekly duties. Wherever possible please give advance notice.
An Au Pair is not a housekeeper but will expect to be asked to help with light household duties such as dusting, vacuuming, washing up, keeping the children's rooms tidy, occasional ironing and some shopping. Most Au Pairs will be able to prepare the children's breakfast and a light supper. They would also expect to take or collect the children from school and keep them amused. Do not expect them to be able to run your household, remember Au Pairs are only an extra pair of hands.
Many families wish to travel with their au pairs and this is usually popular but give advanced warning where possible. It is also important to be aware that many aupairs require visas to travel to other countries and these can take months to organise.
- What will your Au Pair Expect?
Your Au Pair must have her/his own room with sufficient space for all his/her clothes and possessions, and facilities to study. She will take her meals with the family.
If you go away leaving your Au Pair in the house, please remember to ensure that she has enough food or money to get provisions as required. Please don't turn off the central heating! Also leave contact details and emergency numbers.
- Language Courses.
Most Au Pairs will want to attend an language course during their stay. Please find out about your local classes and help her to enrol.
Advise to aupairs before travel
It is strongly advised that you make your rules clear. Most families allow an initial call home on arrival and local calls in cheap time. You may wish to explain how expensive the telephone is especially for international calls. There are many different international phone card available. They can be purchased from most newsagents and provide cheaps calls to many locations.
- House Rules.
These are entirely up to the individual family but we suggest you cover subjects such as who she can bring home and when, and arrangements if she will be late home at night. You may also wish to discuss the use of the television and acceptable volumes for music.
Some families require an Au Pair to drive. Please bear in mind that she may not be used to driving on the left and will need some lessons to get used to our roads. Ensure that you are adequately insured as you will be responsible for any damages caused in the event of an accident.
- Medical Cover.
Most countries will provide Au Pairs with emergency hospital treatment due to reciprocal health agreements with countries under the Au Pair (or similar) scheme, however, some GP's may make a charge for routine appointments. We do not think any Au Pair should travel without full travel and medical insurance of their own!
The success of an arrangement depends on flexibility and goodwill on both sides. The Au Pair has come to improve her Language skills and will appreciate being talked to and her mistakes explained. Remember that she will probably be homesick. Please allow her time to settle in.
- Never travel uninsured
- Ideally you should have a valid first aid certificate.
- Ideally you should have a valid International driving licence.
- You should have taken at least basis lessons in the language of the country you wish to visit.
- You should be in good health and carry an up to date doctors certificate.
- Ideally you should carry a valid Police Check Certificate .
- Your passport must be up to date and run for at least the length of stay in you chosen country.
- Always carry enough money to travel home.
- Do not travel unless you are happy with the host family.
- Make sure a member of your family/friend know where, and with whom, you are staying.
The most important thing to organise is full contact details for the family you work for and all emergency numbers e.g. friends, doctors, hospitals.
The emergency number in the UK country is: 999
- Hours of work/Pocket Money.
You should expect to work between 5-7 hours per day with two full free days off per week. Recommended pocket money is a minimum of £65 (up to £90 for a Au Pair plus in London) per week (every country is different). You may be occasionally asked to work longer hours but you can expect to be properly remunerated, or time off in lieu given.
You should expect to be asked to baby-sit two nights a week as part of your weekly duties.
You are not a housekeeper but expect to be asked to help with light household duties such as dusting, vacuuming, washing up, keeping the children's rooms tidy, occasional ironing and some shopping. You should be able to prepare the children's breakfast and a light supper.
Many families wish to travel with their au pairs. It is also important to be aware that many aupairs require visas to travel to other countries and these can take months to organise.
- Accomodation and meals.
You can expect your own room with sufficient space for all your clothes and possessions, and facilities to study. You will take meals with the family.
- Language Courses.
You should expect time off during the day to attend language lessons.
Most families allow an initial call home on arrival and local calls in cheap time. You should be aware that international calls of any kind are expensive . There are many different international phone card available. They can be purchased from most newsagents and provide cheaps calls to many locations.
- House Rules.
These are entirely up to the individual family. They are likely to cover subjects such as, who you can bring home and when, and arrangements were you to be late home at night.
Some families require an Au Pair to drive. Ensure that you are adequately insured.
- Medical Cover.
Most countries will provide Au Pairs with emergency hospital treatment due to reciprocal health agreements with countries under the Au Pair (or similar) scheme, however, some GP's may make a charge for routine appointments. We do not think any Au Pair should travel with out full travel and medical insurance of their own!
We sincerely hope that you will rapidly find the position/aupair you are looking for, and welcome comments and suggestions on how we might improve our service to you.