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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

Au Pair Cultural Exchange

The Au Pair in Australia Program is currently under review with the ATO, Fair Work and Immigration. It is our intention to get official recognition for the au pair program as Cultural Exchange under an informal arrangement and therefore be excluded from employment responsibilities and… Continue reading

Au Pair of the Month Aubrey

Aubrey brought an easygoing warmth and kindness into our house. Her background as an elite gymnast helped our daughter take it up a few notches on the trampoline and at dance! Her disciplined approach was also a blessing for juggling homework and the children’s many… Continue reading

Nicole Kofkin on Radio NZ on behalf of CAPAA

We encourage our host families to include au pairs in meals, celebrations, activities and family holidays. The unfortunate event of French au pair Manon being refused entry to New Zealand to join her host family on their family holiday caused shock and disbelieve. Au Pair… Continue reading

Juliette is quoted in the Herald Newspaper

Juliette was asked to contribute her knowledge to this article about childcare in the Sydney Morning Herald, written by Barbara Drury. Another low-cost alternative is to welcome an overseas student, or au pair, into your home. Juliette MacGregor, of Smartaupairs, says most au pairs are looking… Continue reading

Smartaupairs team sponsor Christel in the Philippines

Through Plan International, we were introduced to Christel, her family and her community. As an au pair agency, we talk to many families every day and enjoy making a difference by helping them find a nice au pair to be part of the family and… Continue reading

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