Au-Pairs : A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL AU-PAIR ARRANGEMENTS

Premier Au-Pair Agency assures you a first class service both during the selection of your family and throughout your stay with your family.

The Au-Pair arrangement offers a good opportunity for the applicants both from Western and Eastern Europe to learn the English language, whilst living as a member of a resident English-speaking family. Au-Pair applicants usually are available for a minimum of six months throughout the year and also there are a number of girls who want to come for approximately two months during the summer holiday period.

AGE

An aupair must be a national of one of the following coutries :-
Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Hungary, Latvia, Lichtenstien, Litluania, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey.

Nationals of Western Europe can also enter the UK to work or study without any formalilities.

All applicants accepted by this agency are aged between 17-27 years old

DUTIES

An Au-Pair must be prepared to help her host with general light housework and help with young children for up to 5 hours per day, or a maximum of 25 hours per week would be reasonable for £70-75 per week pocket money.

An aupair plus can expect to work up to 35 hours per week for £95-100 pocket money.

During the school holidays an Au-Pair may be asked to look after the children for more hours when the mother is working. However extra pocket money should be paid to compensate the extra hours worked at £2.50 per hour for every hour worked over and above the usuall working hours. Families are not expected to work excessive hours and families must be considerate. Treat your family as you would like to be treated yourself.

FREE TIME AND CONDITIONS

The Au-Pair must be given free time daily to study or to pursue other interests. Two days a week must be free and any evening when baby-sitting is not required.

One free day for an aupair plus per week

They must be provided with their own bedroom where they can study in comfort. However, the Au-Pair must also be made to feel that they are welcome to share in the social life of the host family, as if they were a member of it. Not to do this may lead to the applicants becoming very homesick and lonely and eventually lead to them wishing to leave the family.

LANGUAGE TUITION

Some applicants wish to follow a language course, usually for a few hours once a week. This may take the form of private lessons or group classes at a language school or technical college.

Au-Pair’s are responsible for their own fees, but it is extremely helpful if the family can assist them in finding the most suitable and convenient classes.

POCKET MONEY

The Home Office recommends £55 per week. This must be paid on a weekly basis to the Au-Pair. We have also been advised by the Home Office that it would be reasonable of the aupair to give the family one week’s notice, when wishing to end the Au-Pair placement prematurely

INVITATION AND TRAVEL

Once your family has decided to have an Au-Pair and have selected an applicant, we shall need a letter of Invitation off them together with their apllication to you giving you details of your family, your duties, free time and your pocket money. We contact you informally to get a quick yes/no whilst forwarding this letter, together with their or application form, with instructions from us.

You are asked to reply immediately to this office. You will need to make contact with them to make travel arrangements.

Applicants are responsible for their own travel expenses to the UK, however it is understood if the host family cannot collect the Au-Pair from the arrival point of your entry into the UK that the host will pre book and pay for your travel ticket to the town where you will be Au-Pairing.

It is understood that the family will meet the applicant at the airport/ferry port/main line railway or coach station.

NATIONAL INSURANCE

This is not paid for an Au-Pair. Most Au-Pairs can be treated under the National Health Service, although applicants from countries who do not have a reciprocal agreement with Great Britain should arrange for private cover before arriving to the UK.

DRIVING

If you need to drive it is important that you obtain an international driving licence.

Most families will provide one or two driving lessons for the Au-Pair if you are apprehensive about driving on the left.

REATING THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE

Horror stories about being an Au-Pair or engaging an Au-Pair abound! The vast majority of Au-Pair placements are successful and happy. The following are likely to help.

When the Au-Pair arrives, give them a little time to settle in, and become used to you and your family. If they want, let them make a brief call home to let their family know they have arrived safely.

Homesickness can be a problem.

Be patient! Don’t forget that the Au-Pair is a long way from home possibly for the first time in their life.

Talk to the Au-Pair. Remember that they have come to the UK to learn English, so it is important that they have the chance to communicate.

You may need to speak slowly and particularly distinctly but your Au-Pair’s understanding will soon increase.

Choose your family carefully make sure you are going to be happy there as this family will be part of your life throughout your stay in the UK.

We have very few aupair’s requesting a change of family, as all our families are all respectable families in good areas.

We hope you choose to come to the UK through our agency and if you do assure you an experience never to be forgotten. If you are applying to other agents in the UK can you please let me know on a covering note when returning your application. This is a completely free service for you.

British Families : A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL AU-PAIR ARRANGEMENTS

Premier Au-Pair Agency assures you a first class service both during the selection of your nanny, aupair, mother’s help, housekeeper, carer/companion or groom and throughout their stay with your family.
The Au-Pair arrangement offers a good opportunity for the applicants both from Western and Eastern Europe to learn the English language, whilst living as a member of a resident English-speaking family. Au-Pair applicants usually are available for a minimum of six months throughout the year and also there are a number of girls who want to come for approximately two months during the summer holiday period.

AGE

All applicants accepted by this agency are aged between 17-27 years old.
Mothers helps, housekeepers, carers/companions and grooms can be older upto 60 yrs of age, however please remember Tax & NI will need to be arranged

DUTIES

An Au-Pair must be prepared to help her host with general light housework and help with young children for up to 5 hours per day, or a maximum of 25 hours per week would be reasonable for £70-£75 per week pocket money, an aupair plus can be expected to work up to a maximum of 7 hours a day 35 hours a week for £95-£100 pocket money
Mothers helps, housekeepers, carers/companions and grooms can work longer hours, however again please remember Tax & NI will need to be arranged

It cannot be too strongly stressed though, that these applicants are not qualified nannies or domestic servants, they should not be expected to take sole responsibility for the children or household duties.

During the school holidays an Au-Pair may be asked to look after the children for more hours when the mother is working. However extra pocket money should be paid to compensate the extra hours worked. Families are not expected to work excessive hours and families must be considerate. Treat your Au-Pair as you would like to be treated yourself.

FREE TIME AND CONDITIONS

The Au-Pair must be given free time daily to study or to pursue other interests. Two days a week must be free and any evening when baby-sitting is not required.

They must be provided with their own bedroom where they can study in comfort. However, the Au-Pair must also be made to feel that they are welcome to share in the social life of the host family, as if they were a member of it. Not to do this may lead to the applicants becoming very homesick and lonely and eventually lead to them wishing to leave the family.

LANGUAGE TUITION

Some applicants wish to follow a language course, usually for a few hours once a week. This may take the form of private lessons or group classes at a language school or technical college.
Au-Pair’s are responsible for their own fees, but it is extremely helpful if the family can assist them in finding the most suitable and convenient classes.

Remember that Au-Pair’s attendance at classes legally takes precedence over their work for you, but obviously it is sensible to arrange that the applicant’s classes are at a time that is convenient to the family, both from the point of view of them getting there and back, and the cost of the classes to the applicant.

It would be expected if families are not located close to the college and the applicants incur travel costs, that the family help with these in addition to pocket money.

POCKET MONEY

The Home Office recommends a minimum of £70-£75 per week for 25 hrs and aupair plus and £95-£100. However, many families offer a little more pocket money, particularly if there are 3 or more children in the family. This must be paid on a weekly basis to the Au-Pair. We have also been advised by the Home Office that it would be reasonable of the family to give the Au-Pair one week’s notice, when wishing to end the Au-Pair placement prematurely.

INVITATION AND TRAVEL

Once your family has decided to have an Au-Pair and you have selected an applicant, we shall need a letter of Invitation to them from you giving them details of your family, their duties, free time and their pocket money. We contact them informally to get a quick yes/no whilst forwarding this letter, together with your application form, to the applicant (their agent) with instructions from us.

They are asked to reply immediately to this office. You will need to make contact with them to make travel arrangements.

We will advise you immediately on receipt of an answer from the applicant. Applicants are responsible for their own travel expenses to the UK, however it is understood if the host family cannot collect the Au-Pair from the arrival point of their entry into the UK that the host will pre book and pay for their travel ticket to the town where they will be Au-Pairing.

It is understood that the family will meet the applicant at the airport/ferry port/main line railway or coach station.

NATIONAL INSURANCE

This is not paid for an Au-Pair. Most Au-Pairs can be treated under the National Health Service, although applicants from countries who do not have a reciprocal agreement with Great Britain should arrange for private cover before arriving to the UK.

DRIVING

If your Au-Pair is to drive your car, it is important that you provide adequate insurance cover for them to do so. You should check that they have a suitable driving licence or permit to drive in the UK. It might be a good idea to provide one or two driving lessons for the Au-Pair if they are apprehensive about driving on the left.

CREATING THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE

Horror stories about being an Au-Pair or engaging an Au-Pair abound! The vast majority of Au-Pair placements are successful and happy. The following are likely to help.

When the Au-Pair arrives, give them a little time to settle in, and become used to you and your family. If they want, let them make a brief call home to let their family know they have arrived safely.

Homesickness can be a problem.
Be patient! Don’t forget that the Au-Pair is a long way from home possibly for the first time in their life. We hold a list of families and you are welcome to call us for thelephone numbers, by helping your aupair to make friends quickly will help prevent homesickness.

Talk to the Au-Pair. Remember that they have come to the UK to learn English, so it is important that they have the chance to communicate.

You may need to speak slowly and particularly distinctly but your Au-Pair’s understanding will soon increase.

Explain Clearly any house rules (e.g. use of the telephone, visits form friends etc)
their work schedule, clearly outlining their work hours and free time and what their duties will be.

Respect his/her free time.

Try to plan baby-sitting requirements in advance so everyone knows what is expected.

Pay the aupairs pocket money on time at the agreed interval.

PREMIER AU-PAIR AGENCY

Premier Nanny and Au-Pair Agency assures you a first class
service both during the selection of your nanny,mother’s help, aupair or groom and throughout their stay with your family.

Premier Nanny and Aupair Agency places Aupairs, Nannies, Mothers help, Companions/Carers, Grooms for parents and families who want the best for their children. The Agency has been uniting families and aupairs since 1995 and has thousands of success stories upon which to base their experience. This wide experience with both families and applicants is not at the expense of personal service however. The personal touch and treating each placement individually as if it were their first is at the heart of the personal service clients receive.

Premier Nanny and Aupair Agency also places Care Assistants to work in Residential and Nursing hoomes, these applicants are usually qualified nurses or applicants with expierence in this field.

The agency accepts applications from Nannies, Mother’s help, Aupairs, Grooms and even Nurses all of whom dream of finding rewarding and satisfying employment on either a live in or live out basis and a permanent or temporary basis. Through careful matching and placing, clients can trust that the care of their precious little ones is with the best person they could hope for. All clients and applicants for nanny positions are interviewed in person wherever geography allows and references are followed up to ensure peace of mind for all parties.

Premier Agency have clients from Aberdeen to Dover and everywhere in between.

Registration is £10.00 and fees are very competitive. Interested applicants and families should register online at www.premieraupair.co.uk or call Andrea on 01299 828383 / 07960 863495 for a discussion of the services on offer and staff currently available.

The Au-Pair arrangement offers a good opportunity for the applicants
both from Western and Eastern Europe to learn the English language, whilst living
as a member of a resident English-speaking family.

Au-Pair applicants usually
are available for a minimum of six months throughout the year and also there are
a number of girls who want to come for approximately two months during the summer
holiday period.