Au Pair Roles
The role of the au pair can be very different in each family, depending on the age group of your children, your lifestyle and job arrangements.
The au pair program is an international exchange program and we follow the IAPA (International Au Pair Association) guidelines for the role of the au pair. The au pair role should have a strong focus on family life.
Our au pair agency in Australia can help you find the right au pair for your family.
If you have a new baby on the way and other littles ones to care for, life’s bound to be hectic! Although the au pair is not likely to have any real baby experience, she can look after your other children, giving you quality time with your newborn. We recommend for the au pair to arrive towards the end of your pregnancy so that you can put your feet up and the children can get to know her before the baby comes, avoiding additional stress and sibling jealousy. Show your au pair how to cook some family favourites and share the chores of extra laundry and making tea for visitors.
Pre-school & primary
This is the most traditional role of an au pair. In this age group, children really look at the au pair as their ‘big sister’ and enjoy sharing play time, arts & craft, baking and reading stories together for example. After a long day at school, many children find after school care exhausting and would much rather be home with your au pair. You can talk to your au pair about organising activities that your children really enjoy. Au pairs can also organise play-dates and take children to/from sports and music lessons. Why not show your au pair how to get dinner started or cook a simple family meal a couple of days a week.
Au pairs are getting more popular for this age group and their role can really bring a different dimension to family life. We often hear that au pairs are able to give more structure to after school time and homework planning and even help with revision for exams. An au pair can be a great role model and, as they are only a few years older than your children, they may be helpful person for your children to talk to if they are stressed about school, friends or even boyfriends. The au pair can also drive your children to/from sports, cinema and other activities.
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The role of the live in au pair can be very different in each family, depending on the age group of your children, your lifestyle and job arrangements.