How to get a placement
It is very important to discuss and agree your duties and responsibilities with your host family from the very beginning. An au pair often decides to accept or turn down an au pair stay based on the duties that the host family expects of her.
Some duties and responsibilities may include:
- Getting the children ready for the day including washing and dressing them
- Bringing the children to and from school
- Bringing the children to after-school activities
- Helping them with their homework
- Playing games and doing activities such as painting, baking, etc. with the children
- Bringing the children on outings such as going to the zoo, playground, beach, baby and toddler groups, etc.
- Doing some grocery shopping
- Preparing the children’s meals and feeding them
- Light housework such as tidying, cleaning, hoovering, emptying the dishwasher, etc.
How can I increase my chances of finding a family?
Always write your profile in the language of the country in which you want to be an au pair.
Always add a minimum of 1 photo to your profile, with children if possible.
Add as much information about yourself as possible including: why you want to be an au pair, your childcare experience, your educational background, what you will do when you finish being an au pair, what family you have including brothers and sister and your hobbies.
What else can I do to increase my chances of getting a family?
If you do not have childcare experience, try to get some childcare experience before looking for an au pairing position.
Ideally you should have conversation or intermediate level of language of the country you are going to. If you do not have an intermediate level of the language, it is worth attending classes until you have an intermediate level of language.
If you smoke this is a good time to give up smoking. Non-smoking au pairs have a much greater chance of finding a family than those who do smoke.
Keep an open mind. The more open you are to the location of a host family, the ages of the children, the number of children etc. the more likely you are to find a family.
Au pairs with videos receive 10 times more interest from families.