An au pair is a young adult from another country who lives with your family for a year and provides in-home childcare.
- Entertaining your children and teaching them about a new culture
- Preparing your children’s meals and cleaning up after their mealtime
- Helping with homework, packing lunches and taking your children to school
- Driving your children on outings to parks, playgroups and other activities
- Assisting with light household childcare related tasks such as doing your children’s laundry and keeping their rooms tidy
Bathing and dressing your children
Au Pairs love children, have a desire to share their cultural heritage and look forward to being part of the daily family life.
♥ Au pair or Au pair plus
An Au Pair or Au Pair plus is a foreign young person who travels to the UK to experience British culture and learn a foreign language. Usually, and Au Pair or Au Pair Plus is not considered to be an employee or paid worker.
The main difference between and Au Pair and an Au Pair Plus is the number of hours that can be worked and the pocket money to be paid. An Au Pair Plus can work 31 to 35 hours and earn between £90 and £120 per week versus the 25 to 30 hours and £70 to £90 per week that you can expect from an Au Pair.
♥ Mothers Help
Mother’s Helps are generally unqualified nannies working alongside a mother, rather than having sole charge of the children. Mother’s Helps may work well for parents who work from home or parents who work part-time and want housework and childcare combined. Mother’s Helps are expected to ‘muck in’ more than nannies and as well as caring for the children under mum’s supervision, they are expected to help out with light housework and shopping. Perfect for mums who need another pair of hands and don’t expect or need days of sole charge care.
As the Mother’s Help gains more and more experience, they may be able take more responsibility and ultimately sole charge. Some start out as a Mother’s Help and gain enough experience to be considered for nannying posts in their next job.