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Your responsibilities as a hosting family

When you employ an au pair, you also have duties and responsibilities as a hosting family to make your au pair’s stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.

As a family you can do this by:

  1. Welcome your au pair as a member of your family.
  2. Give the au pair background information about your family and children – what you like and what you dislike etc.
  3. Spend some time with your new au pair and show him/her how you want things done and tell her what is important to you.
  4. List the au pair’s duties and responsibilities (you can even prioritize it) and tell her what you expect from her. This can also be part of your agreement or contract with the au pair.
  5. Provide the au pair with the training, where necessary, to perform certain tasks.
  6. Help your au pair to settle in - don't just leave her to get on with it.
  7. For live-in au pairs, please provide a comfortable, private room and meals.
  8. Treat your au pair with respect and let them feel part of the family.
  9. Establish a daily routine and create a schedule, especially when the au pair needs to drive around and take the children to extramural activities.
  10. Facilitate your au pair to attend language classes and/or courses in which he or she is interested in.
  11. Agree on the au pair’s free time and days off and stick to it! Your au pair should be given at least one or two days per week, plus allow her some free time during the day and some evenings to socialize with friends.
  12. Encourage your au pair to make friends as soon as possible, because it might be very lonely for him/her in a foreign country at first.
  13. Allow the au pair her 15 days paid holiday leave per year.
  14. Value your au pair’s opinion and her advice.
  15. Talk to your au pair. Communication is the key to any successful relationship!
  16. Let your au pair be creative and let he or she use his/her own initiative in certain tasks.
  17. Please remember that your au pair might not be a qualified or trained nanny, child-minder or domestic worker. Therefore you should provide her with complete instructions before leaving her in charge of the household or with the children.
  18. Let her be! Your au pair is also a human been, with feelings and emotions, and if she has a bad day – let her be!
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