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    Default Can anyone give me an advice on how to find a good au pair?

    Hi all,
    My husband and I are expecting our third baby boy in two weeks time. Life is already hectic with my two older boys, age 5 and 3 and it’s going to get busier and crazier. I am feeling a bit worried about it all and so is my husband under the stress of work and family life. It should be exciting times, but for some reason I have not being able to get as excited and happy as I was in my two previous pregnancies, which I feel slightly guilty about. I guess it’s only normal when it comes to look after a big family… Anyway, cutting a long story short, we came to the conclusion that we won’t be able to tackle this without help. Unfortunately we don’t have family around we can rely on and decided to find an au pair. Does any one have experience with this sort of thing? How do I go about finding one? How do I know this is the right person for our family? I assume I have to go through an agency? Is there one better than the other? Gosh the questions are endless…. I would really appreciate some advice on this, as I feel time is running out and I have to find someone as soon as possible. Thank you so much in advance!

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    I was going to suggest contacting Charlton Brown as I have heard very good things about their Au Pairs but they're in Brisbane and I'm not sure if they are in other states.

    I used to live near a fairly affluent area and most of the people there use to advertise in the local paper and would stipulate their terms and how much they were willing to pay etc, so that is an option as you can interview yourself, set your terms, ask for references/licence etc.

    Otherwise I would contact an agency directly and go from there.

    In terms of knowing who is right for your family, the only way you'll be able to guage that is by meeting them and letting them have a trial run with you and your family and see how they interact with you, your kids etc. I guess it's all by gut instinct in the early days, like meeting anyone really, and at the interview quiz them on everything you can think of which may help you get a better understanding of them. Another tip is to give them a verbal scenario, and ask them how they would deal with that etc.
    For example, you could ask how they would react if there was a medical emergency with one of the kids (give a specific example).

    Asking your kids how they feel about the Au Pair as well.

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    Here is Charlton Brown which I think judging by this may be in Melbourne as well?

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    Thank you so much! I apreciate your advice!

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    No problem, good luck with your search, I hope you find someone suitable and also all the best for your upcoming birth!

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    Try the website www.findababysitter.com.au
    As well as being a nurse and midwife, I have worked as a part-time nanny for the past 5 years- I have always used this site, it is fantastic! No agency fees either. They often advertise au pairs. Another option is gumtree, but don't know anyone who has hired someone this way.


 

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