Most au pair positions require the au pair to provide some sort of assistance with the child’s homework or a bit of tutoring with specific subjects. Depending on the ages of the children, this will determine the level of assistance required. With the little ones, homework is not usually a thing, however more often than not the parents will require the au pair to offer some form of stimulation/educational element to their time together. It is always good to chat with the child’s parents in order to determine what stimulation they require you to do. With a baby, there are specific techniques and activities that you can do in order to provide that element of educational time, but as it differs with each child’s abilities, so will it differ with different parents and their specific ideas of what they want their baby to be doing. Some folk want their babies to start a bit younger whilst others are more inclined to let their babies only start with educational activities at a later stage. It is important that you communicate with the child’s parents on a regular basis in order to ensure that you are keeping up with their expectations of you when it comes to the educational/stimulation element of the job.
With the older children who actually receive homework from their teacher and are expected to complete the homework in the afternoon when they get home, your level of academic input might be higher than that of a small child. It takes dedication and enthusiasm (most of the time) on the part of the au pair to encourage the child to do the homework! It is always a good idea to follow these tips when you are responsible for ensuring a child does their homework
There are many different ways of learning, as each child is unique, so will their learning abilities differ. It is important that you get to know the child that you care for and are aware of their strengths and weaknesses so that you are better equipped to offer them help. What works for one child, will not necessarily work for another. Children are different and have different abilities when it comes to learning. It is your responsibility that you get to know the child’s abilities so that you can offer ways of adding to their academic and educational journey. Keep in mind that there are many more ways than just academics that can be used to teach children. Learning should take a holistic approach ensuring that children are allowed to ‘learn’ in their own unique ways. Keep up the great work, girls!