Looking for an Au Pair?

We at Au Pair Extraordinaire are dedicated to finding you the perfect au pair who is inspired to grow, love and develop your children to lead extraordinary lives. One who is congruent with your family’s personality, values and approach to raising your children.

Our screening process is known to be the most thorough in the industry- it includes criminal checks, personality testing, premium social media screening, credit checks, ID and Drivers verification and structured interviews. We take special care in matching candidates to each family according to their individual specifications, personality and values. Leave it to us to help you find the perfect fit.

How it works

Register for free via our online questionnaire and one of our agents will contact you within 12 hours to discuss your needs. We’ll send you pre-screened CV’s matching your needs for you to review. Choose who you’d like to interview and we will take care of the rest.

  1. Register with us for free
  2. Tell us about your needs
  3. Review pre-screened CV’s
  4. Interview
  5. Hire

“An au pair is not a just a babysitter for your children. An au pair becomes an extremely important part of your children’s lives. He/she can be relied upon to take care of your children when you are not able to be with them, and provide nurturance and stimulation.”

Screening process

Screening process

We know how important this decision is for your family, your happiness and your child’s future. Thus, we spend more than any other organisation time filtering our applicants, separating the diamonds from the rough, so that you can rest assured your au pair is an Au Pair Extraordinaire!

To prove how seriously we take our job, below you will find a simplified overview of our bespoke, unique candidate selection process. When it comes to your family, we can never be too detailed, so only about 5% of applicants will ever become a part of ours.

As proof of how powerful our process is, ±85% of our client families will hire an au pair from the first selection candidate we have chosen for them.

Filtering:

We screen hundreds of CVs daily, looking for solid, well-rounded backgrounds, at least 1 year of au pairing experience.

On average, only 1 in 10 applicants move to the next phase

Psychometric testing:

We look deeper into the minds and behaviours of our potential au pairs, to test their levels of assertiveness, dependability and self-discipline

In order to better understand their Family Match Potential, we also look to understand each au pair’s levels of introversion/extroversion, patience, drive, self-confidence, leadership and stress-tolerance

Interviews:

In the third phase, now that we understand more about each human being, we interview the , using structured questions created by a psychologist

Here we look to get a firmer grip on their underlying motives, abilities, passions and suitability for different learning dynamics.

Roughly half of applicants at this stage get our stamp of approval

Reference checks:

We mine all past employment. A single bad reference is enough to cut representation

The strict adherence to the above process means that every applicant has not only been vetted and cleared as an exceptional candidate, but we know each of them well enough to match them perfectly with the right family.

Final Checks:

Upon offering a candidate a position, we move into the final phase of our screening process. This includes a Criminal Background Check and ID/Work Permit Verification. Our families have the option to include a Premium Social Media Check with a comprehensive report, TransUnion Credit Check, Drivers Licence Verification and Academic Qualification Verification.

The Au Pair Extraordinaire Guarantee

The Au Pair Extraordinaire Guarantee

Putting au pairs together with families is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it is also a meticulous, precise one. Because we are so confident in our match-making process, we guarantee our placements by offering our clients a 3 month guarantee period. If, at any stage during this time, you feel that the fit isn’t perfect we will replace them as a matter of priority at no cost to you.

What can I expect to pay my au pair?

What can I expect to pay my au pair?

An au pair’s salary / hourly rate will depend on many factors, including his or her age, previous childcare experience and childcare courses completed, as well as the number of hours worked each week. Au pairs usually look for set monthly salaries, it can be very difficult to find an au pair who is happy to get paid per hour. Au pair salaries vary according to the amount of experience or qualifications they have. The more hours you require an au pair in a week, the higher the salary, and the higher the salary, the higher the probability your position will attract the good quality candidates. We do recommend that if you want a high quality candidate, that you consider offering a salary slightly above market value.

The below serves as a rough guide for monthly au pair salaries.. We will recommend an offered salary based on your requirements, as well as the area in which you live. Please note that you as the employer will be responsible for paying your au pair’s salary directly. * The below salaries are excluding petrol. These are starting salaries, it is recommended to offer slightly higher to secure high quality candidates. 

Schedule of agency fees

Schedule of agency fees

Our placement fees are in line with the industry standard, a full breakdown will be provided upon your family application.

All our placements include a comprehensive screening package, with some optional additional checks offered for families looking for that extra peace of mind. Below is a breakdown of all included and additional checks offered.

What duties can you expect from your Au Pair?

What duties can you expect from your Au Pair?

Each family will have different expectations of an au pair. Below are common duties, although your personal requirements can be discussed with your au pair:

  • providing nurturance, care, stimulation and companionship for your children
  • fetching your children from school
  • transporting your children to extra murals, therapies, doctor’s appointments etc.
  • supervising and assisting with homework
  • liaising with teachers, coaches and therapists on your behalf
  • arranging and supervising play dates
  • purchasing necessities for, and assisting with, projects and assignments
  • running errands for you
  • grocery shopping on your behalf
  • engaging in intellectually stimulating play and activities with your children
  • preparation of meals for your children
  • babysitting and weekend work by prior arrangement
Aupair Guidelines

Guide when interviewing candidates

Interviewing au pair candidates to look after your precious children can be very daunting. Bear in mind that we have already interviewed them personally, checked all of their references from previous employers, performed criminal checks, done a driving assessment, and only select the highest calibre and most experienced au pairs for you to interview who we feel will meet your needs.

However, you will still need to meet with a selection of candidates to make your decision. Trust your instinct. You will know who will be right for your child. And if you call the candidate back for a second interview, include your child if possible. After all, he / she will be the one spending time with the au pair and should be involved in the decision-making process (within reason of course!). Try not to interview too many au pair candidates – three is usually sufficient.

Before you begin your series of interviews, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will my child respond better to a soft and gentle person with flexible boundaries, or a firm person with more rigid boundaries?
  • Will I need my au pair to assist with babysitting, weekend work, or overnight stays? If so, be sure to ask the candidates in their interviews if they are willing to do this.
  • What salary am I prepared to offer?
  • If I go away on holiday with my family, will I still pay the au pair their salary or a retainer for the time we are away (bearing in mind that the au pair will still have expenses that he / she will need to pay while you are away)?
  • Does your child have scholastic or psychological difficulties that the au pair should have specific training or experience in?
  • Would you be comfortable hiring an au pair from a different race or religion?
  • Will the au pair fall within the tax bracket, and if so, what will the implication of this be on their salary?

In the actual interviews, ask questions around the following:

  • Previous experience with children, especially around your child’s age group
  • The reasons for leaving previous employer(s)
  • Religious and moral beliefs and his / her value system and how these can potentially fit in with your family’s
  • Previous experience with educational or psychological special needs, if applicable
  • Hobbies and interests. If your child is sporty, be sure you decide to hire an au pair who shares this interest.
  • If you expect the au pair to cook meals for your child or for your family, ensure that the au pair is capable of doing so
  • The au pair must be able to swim
  • Childcare or first aid courses that the candidate has completed
  • Strengths (academic, sports, hobbies, crafts etc.)
  • Limitations
  • If the au pair will be required to assist with homework, be sure that they are competent to do so
  • If the au pair will be required to entertain your child during holidays or over weekends, ask the candidate to provide examples of fun / creative suggestions
  • Find out if the candidate smokes or drinks
  • Expectations around salary
  • Expectations around paid leave, paid sick leave, paid compassionate leave and maternity leave
  • Discuss hypothetical scenarios to see how a candidate will handle different situations e.g. a hijacking, if your child is injured, stealing, lying, questions about sex, etc.
  • Find out how the candidate will discipline your child when needed (e.g. if your child is having a tantrum) e.g. time out, taking away of privileges.

Much of the communication in an interview is non-verbal. A candidate should arrive for the interview on time, well-groomed and appropriately dressed. Although some visible anxiety is perfectly normal, an excessively anxious person is unlikely to have a positive effect on your child. The candidate you choose should have a friendly disposition, demonstrate responsibility, show empathy and have a genuine love for children!