Posts written by Nicole Kofkin

We have moved to Manly

Our new office in Manly is now open! Come and visit us if you would like to meet the team!

Why is au pair Cultural Exchange?

CAPAA, the Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia, has sought legal advice on the nature of a relationship between an au pair, a placement agency and a host family, and whether it forms an employment relationship. Each au pair relationship is unique. The following table will assist… 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

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

Au Pair Orientation tip from Brisbane host mum

My number one tip is to take the day off work for your au pair’s first day in the family… and spend the day giving her an orientation to your home, suburb, and the city, using public transport (preferably without kids). By the end of… 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

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

Visitors from Europe learn more about Au Pair in Australia

We had a great week sharing insights into our Au Pair in Australia program with two of our partner agencies from Europe. We look forward to lots more lovely au pairs travelling to Australia in the next few months and we know they will be… Continue reading

Spotlight on au pairs as childcare rebates dwindle

As childcare rebates run dry, families are increasingly turning to au pairs for childcare. Nicole Kofkin, chief executive of au pair agency Smart Au Pairs, has seen an increased demand for the service over the last few years. See full story by Loren Smith from NewsCorp… Continue reading

International Au Pair of the Year

Here are our 3 nominations we selected from our very lucky families who nominated their phenomenal au pair to be in the running for the International Au Pair Association, Au Pair of the Year. For this, we want to say CONGRATULATIONS to the au pairs… Continue reading