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    Hello! I am a very old time member, haven't logged in for a couple of years but I thought this would be a good place to come to ask about au pairs.

    We are relocating to the city this weekend (finally!) and both hubby and I will be working full time. I always have but I've managed a swimming pool for the last four years so my 5 children have been able to be at work with me. My new job is full time in a gym so this won't be possible. We are not interested in daycare or after school care so are looking into getting an au pair. We do know several families out here in the country who have them and they are always lovely and the kids love them.

    My kids are 5,7,9,11 and 15 and are very involved in soccer and dance so we need someone to be able to take them and pick them up after school. An au pair seems the best and most cost effective way to go and the children are interested in getting to know people from overseas.

    I have done our application and have a phone interview on Friday. Any experiences to share? It's somewhat daunting as we have never even hired a babysitter before, ever and this person will be living with us. Im worried my 9 year old daughter will get attached as she just loves older girls and I think they can only work 6 months at a time so I can see her being sad everytime one has to leave. But we can deal with that.

    Is it safe? Confortable having someone live with you? How much has it cost you? They say between $170 and $200 but we have five kids though our teenager does not need supervision and our 11 year old is very self sufficient too as is our 9 year old daughter (more mature than her two older brothers hehe.)

    Any info would be great!

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    Not personal experience but a good friend if mine has had au pairs for a few years.
    They pay them $250 a week. They Did have one that was for 12mths but the others have been 6mths.

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    Default Au Pair experiences please

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    My friend has had...um...six, I think?

    Not sure what she pays but she cooks for them etc. She travels a bit and one of her au pairs was stunned that she wasn't expected to pay for her own flights, so I get the impression there is no real 'normal' regarding what is paid/included etc.

    The hardest thing for her has been her DD becoming attached to people every six months, and one in particular who was very introverted and stayed home all the time, even when 'off duty', so she felt very much like she couldn't relax in her own home ever.

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    Default Au Pair experiences please

    Check references and talk to them. If they have a boyfriend back home run a mile. A friend has had a few do runners shortly after arriving in country. They either had no real idea what it took to look after kids and/or really didn't cope with being away from their family/friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Check references and talk to them. If they have a boyfriend back home run a mile. A friend has had a few do runners shortly after arriving in country. They either had no real idea what it took to look after kids and/or really didn't cope with being away from their family/friends.
    That seems a bit unfair! It's an employment situation, you shouldn't ask about that unless they volunteer it, but also - don't assume anyone with a boyfriend wouldn't be committed!

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    Thanks guys. We have applied through an agency and have a phone interview on Friday so we will go from there. This is really our only option as we don't want them in after school care as they still need to be able to do their dance and soccer etc. Casual babysitting is too expensive so this is the most cost effective way to go plus gives the kids the chance to meet people from other cultures which they like the idea of/)

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    We will be paying the minimum pocket money as that's all we can afford plus they'll have their own constable room queen bed, with wifi, laptop, tv with Foxtel, use of one of our cars, mobile phone if required....and we won't need them to do anything FRIDAY, Saturday and Sunday except occasional babysitting which we would pay extra for so that Dh and I can actually start having date nights for the first time ever or attend work functions etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsA2B View Post
    That seems a bit unfair! It's an employment situation, you shouldn't ask about that unless they volunteer it, but also - don't assume anyone with a boyfriend wouldn't be committed!
    I'm not necessarily suggesting asking a prospective au pair about their boyfriend status. However I do think their ability to cope on a foreign country without their family/friends should be a key selection criteria. Personally if an 18 year old said they had been dating a fellow for 2 months and wanted to come to OZ while maintaining a long distance relationship.... I would run a mile.


 

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