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Choosing an Au Pair



An Au pair is a young person aged between 18 -28, who live with a host Family abroad, for a period of 2 months and up to 2 Year, in order to improve on the English language and to experience new cultures. Families should note that Au Pairs are not normally trained child minders. It is at the families own discretion and risk if they leave the Children in the sole care of an Au Pair

Duties of an Au Pair usually include, helping to take care of children, dressing, helping with breakfast, lunches, evening meals, swimming, walking or driving to play school or nursery, babysitting etc. They may also assist with light household duties, dusting, ironing vacuuming, and simple cooking.


When choosing your Au Pair, if possible arrange to meet face-to-face. However as many are living abroad, interviews may take place over the phone. If you can, avail of the Skype facility on your computer which allows you and the prospective au pair to see each other with the use of a web camera.

In chatting with candidates


Of course the opportunity to cover issues in any real depth will depend on the language abilities of the candidate but you do need to be confident that their command of the language is sufficient to communicate with you and your children.

Other questions you may wish to cover off include:


Have you ever lived away from your home before? If so where?Will you request time off to attend religious services?
Talk to me about your personality? Are you a shy or cheerful person?Are you flexible? If we are late from work, do you mind?
How do you think you can cope living with a foreign family?What Degree or Diploma did you receive College/University?
Will you miss your family and friends?Tell me about your childcare experience?
Have you ever been an Au Pair before?Do you have any first-aid training?
Why do you want to be an Au Pair?Can you cook?
How well can you speak our language?Do you have any dietary restrictions or problems?
Have you plans to go to a language school?Do you have any allergies?
Do you live in a large city or a rural town?How is your health?
Do you have any brothers or sisters?What kind of activities would you do with the kids?
Were you a good student?Can you help the children with homework?
What are your hobbies & interests?How many children can you take care off?
Do you have a criminal record?Have you had any experience with small babies?
Have you got a full driving licence? When did you receive it?What are your plans after your Au pair experience?
Do you have any friends in this country at the moment?How would you approach any problems or issues during your stay?
Have you plans on spending your week-ends ? Will it be with your friends?Our children have friends to the house regularly to play. Do you mind supervising these children on these days?
Before concluding the interview, always ask for personal and work references. Take the time to call these references and speak with them, at length, about the Au Pair.