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Requirements to Become an Au Pair

Requirements to Become an Au Pair It is often said that children are the future. It is therefore so vital that they are looked after, cared for, and nurtured to become the best versions of themselves that they can be. As parents, life demands a lot from us and, as much as we would love…

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How To Help Your Family Shine This Year

How to Help Your Family Shine This Year   Once again, we find ourselves fast approaching the end of the first quarter of the year. No matter how well we plan, time always seems to slip by faster than we expect. After a challenging 2019, many of us have pinned high hopes to 2020 and…

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Mapping Out The School Year With Your Au Pair

Mapping Out the School Year with Your Au Pair   It is another new year, and another chance to achieve your goals. It is also a time for planning to make sure you and your family are on track and ready to take on every challenge that the new year brings. While there are many…

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How to Protect My Child from The Internet

How to Protect My Child from the Internet   The Internet is a wonderful source of information and activities to help entertain and educate our children. At the same time, it can also be a scary place with many dangers lurking when we are not watching. With so many devices readily connected to the web,…

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Choosing an Au Pair for The School Holidays

3 Tips for Choosing an Au Pair for the School Holidays   Once again, school holidays are approaching fast. Where has the time gone? And where are the days when we were lucky enough to have four holidays a year? The reality for most adults is that we have to be at the office as…

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Tips to Keep Children Safe from Predators

7 Tips to Keep Children Safe from Predators   It is probably every parent’s greatest fear: that our children will be abducted or be harmed by a nefarious predator. The mere thought of it is enough to send chills down one’s spine and to turn one into a dreaded helicopter parent. But apart from the…

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Springtime – Encourage Kids to Play Outside

5 Reasons Why You Should Encourage Kids to Play Outside Now That It Is Spring   It is that time of year again – the mornings are getting lighter, the temperatures are starting to climb, and everything seems fresh, beautiful, and full of life. Gone are the days of snuggling up on the couch and…

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Why Do You Need an Au Pair?

Why Do You Need an Au Pair? Let us face it – the world moves at breakneck speed, and at times, it can be tough to keep up. Between focusing on a career, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and having some semblance of a social life, there is hardly time to run a household. Add children…

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What Can I Expect My Babysitter to Do?

What Can – and Should – I Expect of My Babysitter? Different families – and certainly different children – have very different needs. While there are basic tasks you can realistically expect of your babysitter, it is always advised to carefully go through all expectations and house rules to ensure that everyone is on the…

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How to Get My Child Off the iPad and Playing Outside

How to Get My Child off the iPad And Playing Outside Technology certainly has its advances. It allows us to stay in contact with people far and near, to share experiences, and also to perform certain functions at work and home a lot easier. It has also completely changed the kids’ play landscapes all over…

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Why Encourage Kids to Play Sport

Why Encourage Kids to Play Sport   Sport is an integral part of most children’s lives. Most schools advocate that children take part in at least one summer and one winter sport. Families are also becoming more conscious of the importance of partaking in some form of sport as a family. There are many reasons…

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Why You Need to Hug Your Child

WHY YOUR CHILD NEEDS A HUG We all love warm, fuzzy hugs. But for kids these are essential for their growth, health and development. Science shows that a 20 second hug releases a hormone called oxytocin, also known as the love hormone which in children helps them to grow healthier brains, strengthen their immune system,…

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How to Help Your Au Pair to Be Fantastic

How to Help Your Au Pair to Be Fantastic Employing an au pair stretches well beyond the employment of a temporary cleaning crew or gardening service. Au pairs are not just someone to look after your children for a night or two, making sure they stay out of trouble. They are highly trained professionals who…

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Messy Play Ideas

Kids and Messy Play Ideas – Why It Is Important to Get Messy!   Many parents are put off by the idea of messy play. After all, it seems like a whole lot of trouble to clean up, do the washing, and then get the little ones clean! In modern times, messy play is often…

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The Adventures of Au Pairing

We at Au Pair Extraordinaire believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and what better part of that community than a dedicated, experienced, and loving member such as an au pair. Born and raised Joburger and au pair for four years, Roo Kruger, 22, tells all about the adventures of helping raise…

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How much does an au pair cost?

How much does an au pair cost in South Africa?  Depending on an au pair’s experience level, you can expect to pay between R5000 to R10 000 per month for a part-time au pair working between 10 to 30 hours per week, and R9000 to R20 000 per month for a full-time au pair working…

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Easter Holidays 2018 – What to do

The hunt is over! Here’s a list of exciting things to do over the Easter weekend. The long-awaited Easter break is upon us. For some, it’s a significant religious holiday to celebrate, and for others, it’s a much anticipated break from work. Regardless of what Easter means to you, it’s time to enjoy the last…

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Where to find an Au Pair

Finding the perfect au pair for your children can be daunting task. Where do you begin with sourcing high quality, trustworthy people who not only love to look after children, but are really good at it? Hiring an Au Pair is not easy, there are just so many people out there who think au pairing…

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Safety tips for Drop-offs and Pick-ups

Safety tips for Drop-offs and Pick-ups

Working as an au pair means that you need to have an extra sense of responsibility at all times as you need to be extra alert when it comes to the safety of the children you are looking after. As an au pair you are already dedicated to keeping your client’s / host family’s safe and as such, precautions must always be taken.

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Children and allowances

We lead busy modern lives , and you’ve taken the step of getting an au pair to ensure everything runs like a well-oiled machine. You afford the good stuff for your family, and you’re mindful of the quality of care your child is receiving while you work.

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