Now I know what you’re all thinking and no, an Au Pair is not a par that has gone off. An au pair is someone, typically female, who helps with housework and childcare in exchange for a room, food and a designated amount of pocket money. If this sounds interesting, then keep reading because here are 7 tips you’ll need to be an au pair.
First things first, au pairs are almost always young people. As we mentioned they are usually women but that is by no means a requirement. The first actual requirement is your age, if you are between the ages of 18 and 26 you are all good to go.
The next thing you’ll be asked if you are applying for an au pair job is how much experience you have not just around but actively taking care of children. Since as an au pair your job heavily revolves around taking care of children this one is important. Generally speaking, you should get at least 200 hours of experience before you’ll be considered for the position.
This one you really can’t get around. Since part of an au pairs duties may include a bit of tutoring or at the very least helping the kids with their homework it is very important that you’ve at least graduated high school so your employer knows that you are able to assist with schoolwork if needed.
You will be asked this question in pretty much every au pair application; Do you have a driver’s license and if not, can you get one during the application process?” One of the most common duties of an au pair is taking the children to and from school or extracurricular activities so a driver’s license is important.
This is probably the most obvious and easily achievable of these tips. Guys, if you have a criminal background no parent will knowingly let you take care of their child. It’s simple as that, so be good
This one, you might take for granted but from the employer’s point of view it is very important. You will almost always be asked if you have any first aid experience and if you are able to and feel comfortable performing first aid to children. While taking care of the children, if the need a plaster, bandage or an EpiPen injection, you'll need to be able to administer it.
Lastly you need to remember that au pair jobs are not exactly part time and will usually require 6 to 12 moths of your time dedicated to being an au pair. This does not mean you won’t get time off, what it simply means is that you will need to be ready and available for those 6 to 12 months and can’t quit after 2.
If you follow these 7 tips you should be all good and hirable at almost any au pair agency out there with no issues. Keep in mind you can make yourself more appealing to agencies by being good with kids and having a vibrant personality but any more than that s up to you!