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An au pair is someone, typically a female between the ages of 16 and 25, who provides a child-minding service to host families. Au pairs (especially live-in) are considered a part of the family, and are usually included in family outings and activities.
There are two types of au pairs: a live-in au pair and a live-out au pair.
Live-In Au Pairs
Live-in au pairs stay at the host family’s home. The host family will provide you with your own bedroom and three meals per day. This is over an above your monthly salary. Your duties will usually begin in the mornings and end just before supper. You would then have the rest of the evening free. Weekends are usually negotiable.
Live-Out Au Pairs
As a live-out au pair, you do not reside with the host family during your term of employment. Instead, you will usually be required to fetch the host family’s children from school and spend the afternoons and early evenings with the children, until the parents arrive home.
Au pairing is a great way to earn an extra income while you’re studying. Most au pairs have several hours a day free for their own activities, which you can utilise in any way you wish.
If you apply as a live-in au pair, then you will receive free meals and boarding, as well as a monthly salary.
This is a great way to save money while studying or looking for full-time employment. Some au pair positions are only for a few months, while others can be as long as a few years.
Au pairing relies on a few skills, such as:
Although not a necessity, previous experience in working with children is preferred.
If you don’t have any child-minding experience and would like to become an au pair, then feel free to contact any after-care in your area. They should be willing to let you assist in the children for a few hours a day to build your experience. They will most likely not pay for this, but it would help you to build the experience you need as an au pair. You could also approach orphanages or similar child-services in your area to volunteer your spare time.
Live in au pairs are paid on a monthly basis. This figure is highly negotiable depending on the variety of services you offer the host family. Some salaries start from R4,500.00 per month.
On an hourly basis, the figure can be anywhere between R25-R50 per hour, also depending on the skills and experience you can offer the host family, or the amount of hours you are required to work per week.
An au pair is someone, typically a female between the ages of 16 and 25, who provides a child-minding service to host families.
Au pairs (especially live-in) are considered a part of the family, and are usually included in family outings and activities. There are two types of au pairs, live-in au pair and a live-out au pair.
Live-In Au Pairs
This au pair will stay at your home. You will need to provide them with their own bedroom and three meals per day. This is over an above their monthly salary. Their duties will usually begin in the mornings and end just before supper. They would then have the rest of the evening free. Weekends are usually negotiable.
Live-Out Au Pairs
A live-out au pair does not reside with the host family during their term of employment. Instead they will usually fetch the children from school and spend the afternoons and early evenings with the children, making healthy meals, helping with schoolwork until the parents arrive home.
An au pair helps a host family with certain day-to-day responsibilities of their children. Typical duties of an au pair can include:
Fetching children from school,
Taking children to after-school activities
Preparing healthy meals for children,
Providing assistance with studying and homework
Assisting in setting up birthday parties
Organising play groups
Some au pair roles can also include light housework duties, such as:
Some au pairs have additional skills which a family might require, such as:
If both parents in a household are working, and you find the services offered by after-care centers to be insufficient, then an au pair is a great choice for your family.
bl7Also, if you would like to find someone to spend one-on-one quality time with your children in a safe environment (your home), then getting an au pair is highly recommended.
Au pairs are experienced in dealing with children, and love caring for them and engaging them in fun, educational activities.
An au pair’s salary is based on the experience and skills they provide, as well as the amount of time they are expected to spend with the children. Live-in au pairs (those that stay with you in your home), require monthly salaries starting at approximately R4500.00.
Live-out au pairs can be paid anything between R25-R50, depending again on the time they spend at your home, and the experience and skills they possess.
For example, a highly trained au pair with several years of experience can expect to be paid more than an au pair who’s just starting out. If an au pair has their own vehicle, and you request them to fetch the children from school or run errands, then you will also have to compensate them for their petrol fees.