“The happiness of your Au Pair is key to a successful placement. An Au Pair with a good life outside the home will feel more settled, less homesick and as a result will be happier when working for your family.
Encourage the Au Pair to establish a life outside the home
- A happy Au Pair is one who has friends and participates in hobbies and activities outside the home
- Encourage your Au Pair to join a club or to sign up to weekly activities. This might be joining a gym, going to the library or joining a local sports club.
- If you’re happy with it, an Au Paircould take on a local part time job in a café or shop, this would expand their social lives and teach them new skills.
Include your Au Pair in family activities
- Its important for you Au Pair to feel like part of the family.
- Inviting them on family outings can help with this.
- Make sure they fully know what’s happening before leaving the house so they can prepare.
- Of course you are welcome to spend family time together without your Au Pair. If you are partaking in an activity and you don’t want the Au Pair to join, make sure you clearly explain what time you’re leaving and returning so the Au Pair knows what’s going on.
Find other Au Pairs in your area
- Do some research in the area for other Au Pairs, ask your friends or enquire at the school. Its likely local high schools will have a language assistant who could be a potential friend for your au pair.
- Check that they’re using tools provided by the agency. These include the Facebook group, aupairfriends.com, access to the app “‘Au Pairs UK“, and signing up to AP events organised by the agency
If you’re worried about your Au Pair or want more advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.