Considering a live in child-carer?

 

Au Pair Comparison with a Nanny and Mother's Helper

 

  • Nanny

 

Nanny is a professional child carer who has plenty of childcare and is educated, holds peadiatric first aid certificate and DBS. Nanny can work full time (up to 60 hours/week) or part-time on a live out or live in arrangement. They are employed by a family and are taxed.

Live-in nannies get accommodation and food on top of their salary. They can work up to 12 hours a day with up to 2 babysitting sessions per week. Payment is £350-500 net/week (full-time arrangement) or £7-12/hour or even more depending on the description of work.

Live-out nannies travel to the family’s house and work up to 12 hours a day with up to 2 babysitting sessions per week. Payment is £400-600+ net/week (full-time arrangement) or £8-14/hour or even more depending on the description of work.

A very good side of having a nanny is that they provide individual and flexible care of your children and they tend to stay with the family for a longer time and tie greater relationships with the family. This position might be expensive for families, however it might be less so if they have more children or they share a nanny with another family (Nanny-share). 

 

  • Mother's Helper

 

Mother's helpers are similar to an au pair and can work up to 35 hours/week or up to 45 hours/week while one of the parents is at home. They have more childcare experience than au pairs but not quite yet as much as a nanny. They can work with babies as one of the parents is at home and can give them a thorough guidance. They receive a higher amount of pocket money than an au pair. For their help up to 35 hours/week, they will receive £120-175/week, whereas for their help up to 45 hours, they will receive £150-250/week or even £300 depending on the Helper's experience, age, language level, children's ages and difficulty of duties.

They normally help with childcare, laundry, cooking, tidying and other light house work (however not deep cleaning) while one of the parents works from or stays at home.

The payment is also paid during their own holidays which are 4 weeks per 12 month period plus all the bank holidays.

Mother's helper can be a really good choice for a family if one of the parents stays at home and need some extra pair of hands, especially with very small children.

 

  • Au Pair

 

Au pairs are not professional child carers such as nannies and can help taking care of children that are above 2 years of age. They have some experience working with children and like helping in light housekeeping (however, they don't do heavy cleaning) and are normally interested into exploring the English culture, language, places and meeting new people. They are also treated as a member of the host family.

They receive a minimum of £80-100 per week or more for 25-35 hours/week of help if an au pair has child care experience such as taking care of their younger siblings and/or babysitting other children and have genuine interest to help a family.

The au pair will receive a minimum of £120-175 for 25-35 hours/week of help if an au pair is mature, has a lot of relevant experience, skills or certificate in child care or is well educated (e.g. Master in English or Education).

The payment is also paid during the au pair's own holidays which are 4 weeks per 12 month period plus all the bank holidays (or 2 weeks per 6 months).

An au pair has 2 free days per week free (one of them has to be over the weekend).

Au pair programme is perfect especially for a welcoming family who have an extra room in their house or flat and primary school aged children. It is a good way of helping each other and making new friends, therefore, the best match possible plays an important role. 

 

Andrea, director

www.supremeaupairs.com

www.info@supremeaupairs.com

07463457555

How to welcome an au pair into your home

For host families, a new au pair coming into their home can be a very exciting as well as nerve racking time. However, it is also essential to be aware that this is also a big change for the au pair. The au pair is someone else’s daughter or son, they may be homesick at first and usually need some time to adjust to the new foods and new habits.

If you haven’t found the right au pair yet, our agency Supreme Au Pairs will be happy to assist: info@supremeaupairs.com, 07463457555.

To make the transition as easy as possible, we have prepared some examples and tips of how the host family can welcome their au pair into their home.

BEFORE AU PAIR’S ARRIVAL:

  • keep in touch with the au pair prior to their arrival, send them photos of your children, a description and schedule of the role and also show interest about their current life. For example, ask them about what they like to do in their free time, what they like to eat and what things they consider to be important in their living space. It is important for au pairs to feel accepted and valued by sharing information about your children and the role and showing interest in their likes and culture which will make them feel valued and appreciated
  • provide them important contacts where they can reach you at arrival

PREPARE THE AU PAIR'S BEDROOM:

  • a room with a window with a nice view if possible, a comfortable and tidied bed and enough space for a desk with a chair and storage
  • colours in the room: pillows, accessories, vases etc. to brighten up the room
  • a welcome basket that can consist of toiletries, a welcome drawing from your children, a book about the location you live in, a list of suggested sightseeing, notepads, fresh flowers or homemade cookies or similar can additionally make them feel appreciated and comfortable

AU PAIR’S ARRIVAL:

  • pick them up from the airport or give them clear guidance on how to get from the airport to your house and if you can, cover the cost of them getting from the airport to your house
  • make their arrival memorable, bring a welcoming spirit with a nice meal you know she likes from your previous conversations with them, balloons or flowers at their arrival also work to help them cheer up after a long flight and make them feel special
  • give the au pair time and opportunity to bond with the children well by perhaps playing board games together, children showing the au pair their room and playing with their favourite toys
  • give the au pair time to recover from travel, give them at least a day to unpack, rest and settle into the host family’s home before taking over child-care duties
  • welcome your au pair to the neighbourhood, to find friends but also to know the people who they can contact in case you are not available
  • Introduce them to your friends' au pairs if you can to ease the culture shock and to help them make friends
  • they normally wish to improve their English and see new places while they are your au pair and therefore, you can help them by providing tips for English courses and travelling

We hope this guide will help you on the way to a positive au pair placement experience. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@supremeaupairs.com or 07463457555.

 

Au Pair: Dear Family letter


A Dear Family letter is a perfect way for an Au Pair to introduce themselves, show their personality and convince the host family why they would make a good au pair.

The letter starts with “Dear Family,” and includes the following information:

 

 

  1. WHO YOU ARE

  2. YOUR EDUCATION/WORK BACKGROUND

  3. CHILDREN RELATED EXPERIENCE

  4. WHY YOU LIKE CHILDREN

  5. WHAT ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY DOING WITH CHILDREN

  6. WHY YOU WANT TO BE AN AU PAIR

  7. WHY YOU WANT TO WORK ABROAD

  8. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS AND PLANS

  9. WHY YOU WOULD BE THE BEST AU PAIR FOR THE FAMILY YOU ARE APPLYING FOR

 

This is your opportunity to sell your self and show them that you really want to be their au pair. Don’t make it too short. It is worth to make a good impression to put you ahead of other applicants.

Be polite and positive. In order to find the best match possible, be honest and give them all relevant information to get to know you more.

11 Tips for a Nanny job Interview

If you have an interview for a nanny position, read this important checklist of 11 actions towards your success:

  1. PLAN YOUR WAY TO THE MEETING: receive precise information regarding location of the house (you can even google it) and their telephone number. Have your mobile internet working for Google Maps, just in case. Arrive rather 10 minutes earlier than 10 minutes late, but call them and apologize if you are running a bit late.

  2. KNOW THEIR NAMES AND BASIC INFORMATION: gather as much information as possible

  3. CALL THEM (or leave a message) BEFORE YOU GO THERE TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND ANNOUNCE YOU ARE COMING: you can also double-check about the address etc.

  4. CLEAN, SMART AND TIDY APPEARANCE: make good impression with the family, don't wear too much of jewellery, wear smart clothes but comfortable enough to play with children and getting to know them more

  5. BRING RELEVANT DOCUMENTATIONS: you can show them your childcare qualification/training certificates, DBS, Paediatric First Aid Certificate, written references from previous employers, anything you think is relevant

  6. GREET THE PARENTS WITH A HANDSHAKE AND A SMILE, MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT: positivity is the way

  7. IF CHILDREN ARE THERE, INTERACT WITH THEM AS WELL: create happy environment, you want them to like you

  8. TRY TO USE FORMAL AND GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT ENGLISH

  9. BE HONEST WITH YOUR ANSWERS: if there is any previous negative experience you have to talk about, always end this on the positive note

  10. DON’T ANSWER WITH YES/NO ONLY: prepare and read the potential questions for you and for them, let it be friendly and smooth conversation

  11. THANK THEM FOR THEIR TIME: shake their hands, it is also recommended to follow up with a text or emailing a few hours later to thank the parents for their time and that you are looking forward their decision being made

Good luck!

Andrea, director

www.supremeaupairs.com

www.info@supremeaupairs.com

07463457555

9 Au Pair’s Questions for the Host Family

It is important to convince yourself that the host family you are considering is the right match for you. Therefore, it is highly recommended to ask a lot of questions at the interview. Here are 9 potential questions you could use:

 

  1. FAMILY’S ROUTINE

What are you like as a family? What are your hobbies?

 

  1. ABOUT CHILDREN

       What activities the children enjoy? What they like to eat and what they don’t? Do they require any regular medication or special needs that you need to be aware of?

 

  1. YOUR DUTIES

What will be my duties? What activities will I be required to take the children to? What is the requirement about babysitting?

 

  1.  DISCIPLINING

What is your approach to disciplining your children? What would you like I am with them?

 

  1. HOUSE RULES

Are there any house rules I would need to be aware of? (for example: no shoes in the house, phone use, kosher, diet food, religious beliefs)

 

  1. HOURS OF WORK/SALARY/HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT

How many hours per week are you expecting from me to work? Will I need to work over the weekend sometimes? What will be the payment?

 

  1. MEALTIMES

What meals will you need to prepare for the children? Can you eat with children or you shall wait until the children are in bed and eat by yourself?

 

  1. ACCOMMODATION

What will be my room like? What furnishings will be supplied? Can you use the house internet connection?

 

  1. FINAL QUESTION

When you think you will be able to decide on your application?

7 Reasons to Hire a Summer Au Pair

Kids are happy because of the school break and everything would be just perfect if only parents wouldn't need to work all the time… Well, there is where an au pair could steps in! In exchange for a new summer experience abroad she or he will happily help you out at things you need a help with the most.

Life As An Au Pair

There are different experiences of being an au pair in the UK. There are a lot of opportunities for traveling, meeting new people and improving your English. However, it is very dependent on the type of work you do, how many hours you will work and the Letter of Invitation which you sign before your arrival to the family's house which tells you how much of free time you have, what you are helping with and how much you will receive pocket money.

7 Benefits Of Hosting an Au Pair

 

Having an au pair represents a solution to family's needs, most often in childcare, light housekeeping or helping the elderly in return for an au pair’s safe and welcoming stay in a new environment and the opportunity to learn the language and culture.

Alternative Home Help to Tackle School Pressure

There is more and more pressure in schools as time goes by and kids grow and every parent's wish is for their kids to be successful learners in their lives. A tutor may be an extra help for children in striving the best as one to one arranged tuition may represent that a lot is achieved in a quicker time.

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