Looking for an Au Pair? Tips for a Host Family

Are you looking to hire an au pair? You may already have established that hiring an au pair to look after your treasured children will include many benefits such as constant supervision, help with their homework and the reassurance of a safer environment. There are a few things to keep in mind when starting the process of hiring the right au pair for your family.

The relationship of an au pair to a family is not quite the same as the usual employer/employee relationship, since it is much more personal. Each family has their own unique needs and it is important to be as honest as possible about the requirements for the position.

1. Your ideal au pair candidate

Before beginning with your search, create a list of requirements for the ideal candidate. Think carefully about both your needs and your child’s needs and stipulate these clearly. Be sure to include additional requirement such as your customs, religious values, and the level and type of discipline that you require for your children.

2. Roles and Responsibilities

Once you have an idea of the type of person you are looking for, create a list of roles and responsibilities, as well as a schedule that your au pair will be expected to work with. Remember to stipulate the salary as well. When creating the above lists, ask your children for their input – this experience will affect them the most, so keep them in the loop of the process.

3. Face time

CVs will only give you the basics. It is imperative to meet prospective candidates and get a feel for their personality. You can also use this opportunity to allow them to spend some time with the children, as this will indicate whether they will be compatible or not.

4. Beware of Scams

Beware of getting caught in a scam. Unfortunately these things happen, however there are some warning signs such as a candidate not permitting background checks; asking for upfront payment or not having any contactable references. Avoid opening yourself up to scenarios like the above, by recruiting through reputable au pair agencies. This will save you a lot of time and effort, not to mention the trauma.
There are many wonderful child caregivers out there, but you will need to go through the right process to find them. Contact Fab Au Pair Agency for more information on hiring an au pair for your family.

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