Host an Au Pair

Host an Au Pair

Au Pair students in our program are from a variety of countries, but most Au Pairs are from Germany, Mexico, Spain, & France. While most Au Pair students are female, from time to time we have male Au Pairs join the program. The typical Au Pair is between the ages of 18 & 29, has a desire to travel and get to know Canadian culture, has a love for children, and wishes to improve their English language skills. All Au Pairs have a background working with children. While some have experience limited only to babysitting, others have more extensive experience such as working at children’s camps, leading sports teams, volunteering in schools, etc.

Arrival & Length Of Stay

Au Pairs arrive throughout the year. They come for periods ranging from 6 to 12 months. The maximum stay for an Au Pair is 12 months. Host families pickup their Au Pair student upon arrival at Pearson airport, as well as escort them to the airport on departure day

How Do You Benefit From Having an Au Pair Join Your Family?

You and your family will benefit in many ways from having a Au Pair live with you. First of all, you will have someone to provide extra help with your children. This in itself is invaluable. The Au Pair will also provide light housekeeping duties, which may be of assistance to you as well. By having an Au Pair join your family, your children will open their minds and learn more about another culture. You will be Canadian Ambassadors as well, since your Au Pair will want to learn all about your family and what it means to be Canadian. You can enjoy introducing your Au Pair to Canadian culture including visiting interesting tourist sites around Toronto and Ontario.

Is an Au Pair A Good Substitute For A Nanny?

In most cases, yes. Please keep in mind though that Au Pairs are not professionals. They are young people, generally between the Type equation here.ages of 18 – 29 years, with limited childcare experience. While they have a desire to help you with your children on a full-time basis, they will need lots of guidance from you.

What Type of Housekeeping will the Au Pair do?

The Au Pair will take on “moderate” housekeeping duties. The Au Pair will keep their own room & bathroom clean and tidy. The Au Pair can also contribute to keeping the common areas of the home clean and tidy. Your Au Pair will cook & do laundry. Your Au Pair will not be responsible for cleaning parents or children’s bedrooms or bathrooms. The focus of the program is on childcare, so your Au Pair should be spending the majority of their time with your children, not on cleaning chores.

Police, Medical & Background Checks

All Au Pairs are required to provide at least two reference letters when applying to the program. Our agent partners abroad follow up and carefully check all references. All Au Pairs undergo an interview and attend a program Orientation session. A portion of the interview is conducted in English, to confirm the student’s English ability. Police and medical checks are mandatory for each participant.

Is Your Family A Good Fit For the Program?

To have a successful Au Pair Program experience, the host family must: • Live in Toronto or surrounding area (up to 1 hour by car) • Welcome and include the Au Pair as a member of the family, not as hired help • Provide a private bedroom with comfortable bed, desk, dresser, & study lamp • Be open to another culture, cultural differences and different ways of doing things • Ensure there is open and honest communication between your family and your Au Pair • Be committed to ensuring the Au Pair experience is successful for everyone involved • Give your Au Pair 1.5 days off per week (including one weekend day) • Pay $150 per week in pocket money to your Au Pair for work up to 40 hours per week • Pay your Au Pair $6 / hour for any additional time worked • Give your Au Pair one week of paid vacation every 6 months

How Do We Become a Host Family?

Here are the steps to follow to become a host family: 1. Read the Program Policies thoroughly: 2. Fill out the Host Family Registration Form online or print and email the PDF form: 3. Print and sign the Host Family Contract 4. After we receive your completed application forms, we will be in touch to schedule a home visit. During the home visit, we will meet all of your family members, go over the details of the program, answer any questions you may have, as well as have a look at the private room that you have available for your Au Pair. 5. As soon as we have an Au Pair applicant that looks like a good fit for your family, we will send you her profile. This includes her background information, a letter of introduction to your family, and a photo album she has put together. At this point, you can let us know if you are willing to accept this individual as an Au Pair for your family. (If not, we will send you another profile, once one becomes available). *Note: background of the Au Pair candidate's, age, interests, etc. are all taken into consideration when looking for a good match for Au Pair and family.

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