Yearly Archives: 2018

What Is An Au Pair & How Do I Find One?

For many people, an au pair and a live-in nanny amount to the same thing and they use the terms interchangeably.  However, there are differences between the two and if you’re considering hiring someone to care for your children, you may find the following discussion… Continue reading

Why Use An Au Pair Agency?

What have swooping magpies got to do with au pairs? Magpies get a bad rap for being dangerous menaces during their breeding season, but aren’t they just protecting their young? It’s a natural instinct for these birds, just as it is deeply instinctive for us… Continue reading

Our Expanded Family

A couple years ago we interviewed and selected Miss Chelsey Hart to be an au pair with our small family in a country town in regional NSW. Little did we know at the time that this Minnesotan native from a small country town herself would become a… Continue reading

Is An Au Pair Cheaper Than Childcare?

The cost of childcare is always the subject of debate and whether friends are discussing it over a coffee or politicians are campaigning on television, everyone has an opinion. The recent introduction of the new Child Care Subsidy really put the subject in the spotlight… Continue reading

Managing Food Budgets With An Au Pair

When you welcome an au pair into your home, you will be responsible for giving them safe and secure board and accommodation. Naturally, your household expenses will rise and with that your grocery budget. Enough food is an integral part of feeling safe in a… Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons To Be An Au Pair In Australia

Being an au pair in Australia is very popular and for good reason! There is so much to love about being an au pair in Australia from the sunny weather to the friendly people and the stunning landscapes. Here are our top 5 reasons to… Continue reading

Vivian will organise au pair orientation

In July we welcome back our beloved Vivian from the Netherlands. Vivian previously completed work experience with Travel Active in The Netherlands as well as with Smartaupairs Australia during her course of Tourism and Leisure Management. As she is now studying International Tourism Management and… Continue reading

Top 10 Experiences Not To Miss In Australia On Your Gap Year

Every day in Australia will be a day very different to the European lifestyle – the weather is fantastic and the Australian people easy-going and friendly – but there is so much more for au pairs to experience. Add these top experiences to your not-to-miss… Continue reading

Can An Au Pair Be A Great Alternative To Out Of School Hours Care?

  As any working parent will know, trying to arrange care for your children outside of normal school hours can be a nightmare, especially if you work full time. The cost of these services can also be prohibitive for some families, particularly if you have… Continue reading

How to welcome your au pair

We are often asked about the best way to welcome a new au pair into the family. We’d love to hear what’s worked well for you and your au pair?     Meanwhile,  here’s 3 steps to our ‘secret sauce’       1) All… Continue reading