Communication and mutual respect is crucial so please invest plenty of time in the first few weeks whilst your Au Pair adjusts to a new culture and language differences. Treat your Au Pair like a friend’s daughter and explain what you expect and want clearly and simply. They are not on holiday but they are not your servant. Remember that cultural differences will make things a little strange for both of you at first.
If they have difficulty in understanding write things down and ask them to use their dictionary to translate it. Watching television can also be a good way to help your Au Pair improve their English quickly, so a television in his/her room is recommended.
To help your Au Pair build confidence, try to introduce them to Au Pairs in the area and help them to register with a local college. This is where they will meet friends and find a social life outside the family home.
During free time your Au Pair must be allowed to go out and socialise, stay in her room, or spend free time with the family. All our Au Pairs will have been asked to respect that you need time alone with your partner as well. You can call us for advice or information at any stage and we hope to provide the necessary support to ensure that the relationship with your Au Pair remains a good one.
In the unlikely situation that the relationship does not prove successful, we will work as quickly as we can to find a suitable replacement for the family and to find an alternative family for the Au Pair (if appropriate).
If you need your Au Pair to be able to drive you are responsible for arranging car insurance. Check you can afford the insurance prior to choosing an Au Pair and also check the type of licence – for rules on driving in UK, go to http://www.dvla.gov.uk/
If you need an Au Pair that can drive you need to be aware that your Au Pair’s driving ability is unknown. The decision to accept an Au Pair as a driver is your responsibility whilst as an agent we will do our upmost to make sure he/she is a competent driver in his/her own country. You need to be sure that the Au Pair is capable of driving – especially if you expect them to drive your children. We would suggest that once the Au Pair arrives you arrange for a 2 hour driving lesson so that a qualified instructor can assess their driving ability. You may need to arrange more lessons.Contact Us Today