Yearly Archives: 2015

European Agency visits and planning for 2016

Last November, Cynthia and Juliette travelled to Europe to meet our overseas partners.  They had meetings with our 5 largest partner agencies, located in Germany and the Netherlands.  As you can imagine, this was a great time to exchange ideas and share ‘best practice’ to continue… Continue reading

Differences between Au Pair and Nanny

In October, the CAPAA team represented the au pair industry in a groundbreaking meeting with the Fair Work Ombudsman. Smartaupairs and CAPAA continue to campaign for a better understanding of the Au Pair program as an International Cultural Exchange program and this dialogue with Fair… Continue reading

Passionate Customer Service consultant with smiling voice.

Smartaupairs is seeking a passionate customer service consultant to talk to families who are interested in our au pair program.   We are fortunate to have a very close-knit team and it often feels like we are all part of the family. On busy days… Continue reading

Nominate your Au Pair for the “Au Pair of the year” award

We have received so much exceptional feedback from host families this year, we would love these families to nominate their amazing au pair for our Au Pair of the Year Award! Your nomination should consist of an essay written by your family host family, describing the… Continue reading

Working Rights for Au Pairs in Australia Extended to 12 Months

Au pairs coming to Australia are now allowed to stay with host families for up to 12 months following a ruling made recently by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Au pairs travel on a Working Holiday visa, which, until now, enabled them to… Continue reading

5 Challenges Faced By Working Mums and How to Overcome Them

Being a new mum is a challenge on its own, but women returning to work after having a baby, face extra challenges as well. Experiencing guilt It seems that experiencing guilt is part of being a mum. But working mums often feel guilty when they… Continue reading

Are Au Pairs The Solution To Childcare Shortages?

If you are a working parent, or are considering having children in the near future, you will no doubt have asked the question “How am I going to balance my career when I have children?”. There seem to be a multitude of options when it… Continue reading