What is an Au Pair?

An au pair is someone who fetches, looks after and assists a child or children in completing homework, projects and study for exams. This is also someone who guides, supports and loves your child to the best of their ability. An Au Pair is usually between the ages of 18 to 30 and it is typically a female.

A Junior Level Au Pair:

This is someone who…

  • Hasn’t been au pairing for long.
  • Doesn’t have formal experience as an Au Pair
  • Hasn’t completed any courses
  • May or may not have their First Aid
  • Can assist your child with homework and school projects
  • Can usually only commit for 6-12 months

A Senior Level Au Pair:

This is someone who…

  • Generally older than 24
  • Has more than 3 years of childcare experience (Children of all ages)
  • Has some form of childcare qualifications (First Aid, Degree, Diploma)
  • Assists your child with homework, school projects and study preparation
  • Can commit for more than 1 year

A live-in Au Pair:

This is someone who…

  • Is generally a more senior au pair
  • Has 3 or more years of childcare experience
  • Lives in your room and requires comfortable and safe living conditions
  • Is someone who is available to the family when they need
  • Generally earn between R15 000 and R20 000 a month
  • Has relevant childcare qualifications and courses (Diploma, Degree, Higher Certificate)
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