Keep it clean!
Teach the children if the door is open they can come in. If the door is closed the children should knock. If you do not answer the door, the children should not go in your bedroom
Ask your host parents how to work their washer & dryer. Do you understand your host parent’s expectation regarding the children’s laundry? For example, do you know how often (or on what days) the laundry is to be done? Can you wash the children’s laundry with your laundry? Do the host parents expect you to wash, dry, fold and put away the children’s clothing?
Do you know the proper place to put the children’s clothing away? Can all clothing items be washed? If not, do you understand what clothing items cannot or should not be washed in the family washing machine.
Ask your host parents what cleaning solution to use. Do you understand the host parents’ expectations about how often (or on what days) the children’s bedrooms are to be cleaned? Are toys supposed to be put away in a certain place? If your children are older, be sure and discuss with your host parents what role you and the children have with regard to keeping the children’s room clean – maybe the host parents want the older child to make their own bed while you supervise (watch).
Cook meals for the children and clean up afterwards. Be sure to ask your host parents if the children have any food allergies or if there is any food that the children are not allowed to eat.
Drive/transport children to school and activities. Be sure you, your passengers and the children wear safety belts - it is the law. You could receive a traffic ticket if you do not abide by this law. Before you drive with the children, ask the host parents to show you how to install, remove or check the child safety seat. If you have any concerns about the child safety seat, you can also visit your local police station and ask the police to check the safety seat.
Help with dinner.
Eat dinner with your host family and children at home at least 3 nights a week.
Make sure you get 6 to 8 hours of sleep before you provide childcare. It is your responsibility to wakeup on time, be dressed, eaten breakfast and be ready to take care of the children.
Department of State Regulations
45 “on” hours per week.
Unused hours cannot be used the following week.
Maximum 10 hours per day over 5½ days
1½ day off per week
(must be on Friday, Saturday or Sunday)
1 weekend free per month
(from Friday evening to Monday morning).
2 weeks vacation
(time must be agreed upon in advance)
Weekly stipend $195.75 for a regular au pair.
$250 for a Par Experience au pair.
Must attend monthly meetings with your
Community Counselor – it is the au pair’s
responsibility to schedule makeup meetings.
Many cell phone companies count minutes of incoming calls, outgoing calls and text messages
(both received and sent).
If your hostparents provide a cell phone for your use, make sure to discuss with them the rules about your use of the phone and what charges, if any, you are responsible for. There are many, many different cell phone plans. Do not use your phone (including texting) or your computer (including skype)
while you are taking care of children.
Make sure you have an agreement with your host parents about your cell phone bill.
Driving the Family Car
Although your host family is not obligated to provide you with a car to use during your program year, your host family must provide you with transportation to and from your monthly meetings with your Community Counselor as well as transportation