TOP FIVE MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN HOSTING AN AU PAIR

                                 
1. INCOMPATIBILITY

Compatibility is essential for the success of the  Au Pair program.  As a Host Family, you don’t want an au pair who is not compatible with your family’s personality, lifestyle, and childcare needs.   When interviewing the Au Pair either by a phone call or a Skype interview, provide her with information about your family, your home, number and ages of your children, pets, and most importantly provide the Au Pair with a description of a typical day and week at your home.  Listen carefully to the Au Pair’s responses regarding these matters, so you can get the best match.

2. NOT REVIEWING AU PAIR AGENCY QUALIFICATIONS

Make sure the agency is registered with the U. S Department of State.    The best Au Pair agencies have staff in every recruitment country where they perform background checks, psychological testing and orientation.  Ask questions about Agency’s recruitment and screening process.

4.  LACK OF AGENCY SUPPORT 

Make sure the Au Pair agency gives you continuous support.  Not only during the Au Pair matching process, but also through out the time you are hosting the Au Pair.  The contact that you have with your Au Pair agency will help you and your Au Pair overcome any adjustment difficulties you may experience.  Some agencies will only give you the support while matching with an Au Pair, but then they will leave you on your own.  The best agencies will have area coordinators that will be responsible for providing ongoing support to you and your au pair.

 5. INEXPERIENCED AU PAIR 

Select the agency that recruits experienced Au Pairs and prepares them to provide childcare according to the U.S. Department of State guidelines.   The best Au Pair Agencies only recruit Au Pairs with documented childcare experience.  Make sure that if you have an infant over 3 months old, your Au Pair should have at least 200 hours of documented infant childcare experience.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 8:37 PM

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