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…
The market is flooded with au pair agencies, all offering the same thing- screened au pairs. How do you know which one is the best? The people that look after your children need to be screened more thoroughly than most other employees, and agencies give parents the peace of mind that all the candidates sent…
This topic has caused a fair amount of confusion, and we are going to demystify this once and for all. The difference between the two is vastly different in South Africa compared to abroad. A nanny overseas is a broad term for someone who is employed to look after a child in its own home.…
We cannot be more thorough when it comes to choosing a person to look after our kids. Luckily there are some great tried and tested ways to ensure that you find the right person. Here are some things to look out for when you start the process of finding your au pair: 1. We…
Determining Au Pair salaries can be quite the conundrum! This is because each family has such different needs, especially when it comes to working hours, so there really is no conclusive rule of thumb. There are so many factors that come into play that it is easy to get it wrong. If you set the…
“What is an au pair really?” Is this the right option for me? What does an Au Pair really do?” These are some of the most common questions that come up when you decide you need to hire some extra help for your children. In South Africa, we have adopted the term Au Pair and…
If you’re already hiring an au pair, you will know just how valuable they can be to your family, and just how much of a role they play as a part in your family too. Something many host parents worry about is whether or not it’s a good idea to take their au pair on holiday with them.
If you are considering a career as an au pair, it’s best to ensure that you’re fully aware of what to expect and how to behave, before you get involved in the industry.
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.
As au pair’s, when being placed with a family, many of us have fleeting worries about hospital visits caused by tightly wrapped karate belts and forced running, only to result in a cut open head and a very teary hospital visit with a terrified au pair trying to keep it together.
It’s holiday time and you’re gearing up for a long road trip with the kids. Like most parents, the stress and panic will be setting in as you contemplate how you will keep them entertained for the duration of the trip.
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.
In this day and age it’s easy for both parents and children to have busy lifestyles. In fact, in some cases, all members of the family often find themselves overloaded with responsibilities and things to do.
Choosing extra mural activities for your kids is about far more than just finding them something to do after school hours, especially if you have an au pair helping out. Extra murals are however still vitally important.
It’s only natural to have a few concerns when you are about to start working for as an au pair for a new family. Challenges of all shapes and sizes are bound to crop up and what defines you as a professional au pair, is not the challenges themselves, but how you handle them.
Au Pair Extraordinaire is an au pair agency in Gauteng that puts considerable value in providing informed support to all of its clients – both au pairs and parents / families. For families and au pairs, it’s all about working as a team.
Having a career and raising a family can be difficult to juggle at the best of times. If you are a busy parent and need a helping hand, chances are that you have considered hiring an au pair or a nanny.
Parents are faced with a great deal of anxiety and responsibility at the start of a new school year. If you are making use of an au pair to care for your child this year, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that the year is easily navigated by your au pair, your child and of course yourself.
When trying to decide which childcare approach best suits your family; you are bound to feel overwhelmed and even a little confused with the options.
Au pairs can be found working in all corners of the globe and one thing that’s synonymous with au pairing is ‘life experience’. Of course au pairing isn’t always about travelling abroad.
Let’s face it; the idea of sending your child to day care or after-school care facilities on a daily basis isn’t an exciting concept. Here your child will be provided with care and kept safe, but in such large group settings.
Selecting an au pair in Johannesburg to live and work with your family can be a difficult task. In some instances, an au pair might look perfect on paper, yet in reality it just doesn’t work for one or both of you.
A great deal of care must be taken when choosing the right au pair for your family. While being an au pair is a job, the chosen candidate should be willing to become part of the family.
It is that time of year where we all scramble to tie up loose ends and finalize all outstanding obligations to ensure that we have a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Choosing an Au Pair agency in Johannesburg can be tough. Most families work with just one agency and never really shop around.
A babysitter is someone who you employ for ad hoc childcare services. This will usually be in the evenings or on the weekends.
The definition of an au pair is ‘a young foreign person, typically a woman, who helps with housework or childcare in exchange for food, a room, and some pocket money’, but here in sunny South Africa we make our own rules.