Yearly Archives: 2017

Top 10 Ways Your Au Pair Can Keep Boredom at Bay This Summer

With summer in full swing and holidays approaching, your au pair may be looking for things to do with her spare time. Without her family around her this year and with the extra time on her hands, she may be looking for ideas of how… Continue reading

How to Choose the Perfect Gift for Your Au Pair this Christmas

  With the holidays steadily approaching and Christmas decorations proudly displayed in every store, it’s time to start planning the holidays and preparing for the excitement of Christmas trees, holiday food and gift giving. Once you’ve decided where to set up your tree this year,… Continue reading

17 Bright Ideas For Mums Working From Home

Looking for ideas of how to make working from home easier? Nicole Kofkin works hard to balance her business and personal life and knows how important it is have that balance. She started Smart Au Pairs to help families to access a convenient and affordable… Continue reading

Top 5 Concerns About Hosting An Au Pair

Hosting an au pair can be an affordable and convenient childcare option for your family. If you use an Australian au pair agency to find an au pair you will be given some guidelines about how the process works but sometimes potential host families can… Continue reading

Why You Should Take Your Au Pair On Your Next Family Holiday

Not all families are keen on the idea of taking their au pair on holiday with them, but there are many reasons why doing just that can help you have an even more enjoyable break. It can enable you and your partner to have some… Continue reading

Au Pairs – A More Nurturing Alternative to Day Care

Deciding on a child care option is a challenge for mums returning to work. Nicole Kofkin from Smart Au Pairs outlines the idea of using an au pair as a nurturing alternative to day care. If you’re returning to work and are looking at the… Continue reading

Au Pair Visa LATEST NEWS

Au pair visa: Government considers flexible deal to ease childcare burden SHARRI MARKSON, EXCLUSIVE, The Daily Telegraph July 1, 2017   A SPECIAL au pair visa to help make childcare more affordable and flexible — and enable mothers to return to work — is being… Continue reading

Top 10 Ways Your Au Pair Can Keep Boredom at Bay this Winter

 Winter is in full swing and while your kids may be celebrating the start of school holidays, your au pair may be wondering how to keep busy bodies entertained in the cold and windy weather. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top ten… Continue reading

Top 5 FAQs About Hosting an Au Pair

Hosting an au pair is an exciting experience that helps to alleviate much of the stress and pressure that many families face when choosing childcare options. However, having someone new in your home can be daunting for some families. It’s important to communicate openly and… Continue reading

Antonia is a winner! Nominate your au pair next month

Every month our host families from all over Australia have a chance to nominate their au pair to win our Au Pair of the Month competition. Antonia is a winning au pair and here is the lovely nomination from her host family. Antonia from Germany… Continue reading