Family ID: 237227

Children:: 2 Children:, 11 - 14 years old

City: Brussels / Big City More ⇩

Name Nicholas

State Brussels

Postal code Only Premium members

Job Start: Jul 2020 - Aug 2020

Time of stay: 10-12 months

Last action: 3 Hours Ago

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Welcome Letter to the Au Pair

Hello, thanks for thinking of being an aupair with us.

We are actually looking for the 2020-21 school year as we have already found an au pair for the 2019-20 year.

We're a nice family, and we could put you in touch with previous aupairs for you to find out for yourself. The main work we would want help with is collecting our 12-yr-old boy and 10-year-old girl from the school bus at 16:10 (13:40 on Wednesdays) and looking after them till I'm home about 18:30 - i.e. supervising their homework and violin/piano practice, giving them a snack. And cooking a meal for 6pm, when I get back and slowly take over. Plus little tasks like preparing their snack and clothes for the following school-day, some food shopping though I do the main shop at the weekend by car.

My wife is working in Nigeria a lot of the time, so that time we need the help as above, less when she's there. Also sometimes babysitting them while both parents go out to do something, doing activities with them (parks, swimming, friends' parties, museums), that kind of thing, especially on Wednesday afternoons. And some work on one of the days of the weekend, generally Saturday, so that I can go off and do things like shopping (or watching football) for a few hours.
Brussels is a French-speaking city, so you could learn French or English really, we'd of course pay for a language course for you.

Best wishes!
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Job Description

What do we expect? Looking after the kids and being a good example, so it would be great to find an au pair who is interested in the world, likes reading and has some interests like art or history or walking in nature ... not just chatting on smartphone and watching films. You could do a language course in mornings of weekdays. And maybe another possibility - since by then the kids will be 14 and 12, they'll be needing less classic 'aupairing' and more something like mentoring, so it's just possible (but I haven't thought it through fully) that it could be combined with you doing a university course here instead of language lessons, if that's where you are in life.
And something else that it's unreasonable to require, but that would be really nice for all involved I think - it would be nice if you are someone who enjoys reading serious books and thinking and talking about them, could be fiction or non-fiction, interested in what makes people tick and the world and justice and how things might be improved. So someone who is responsible, friendly, cultured (i.e. someone who prefers children playing with toys, reading, or going to park or museum or concert or fair rather than watching TV, leaving in front of computer and eating sweets).It would also be good if your English is good enough to be able to help with their homework. You could do language lessons (probably French) at least six hours a week, which we would pay for (as well of course as the other normal things to pay for aupairs: board and lodging, medical insurance ...) Also we'd follow the standard Belgian conditions for au pairs: about 20 hours work a week, one full day off a week (probably usually Sunday), one full weekend off per month, one full week off every six months (i.e. once). That's a minimum - in practice, for example when the kids have gone to Nigeria for two weeks or more, that means two weeks holiday for the au pair.
Finally and more boringly, it's very important for us that our aupair is punctual, to make sure s/he will always be on time to meet the school bus every day.
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Family Information

Family has pets - Yes

Family has pets Yes

Family lives in Big City

Parent's Age Group 40-55

Are you a single parent? No, our family has two parents

Nationality British

Languages spoken at home English

Religion No Religion

Importance of Religion Not important

Occupation Civil servant

People living in the house 5

Children's/People's age and gender Michael, 12, boy
Annabella, 10, girl

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Job Requirements

Earliest Starting Date Jul 2020

Latest Starting Date Aug 2020

Duration of Stay 10-12 months

Looking for Au Pair

Preferred Gender Female

Preferred Nationalities No Preferences

Required Language Skills Good

Minimum Childcare Experience 0 Hours

Required Education Level High school

Children's/People's Age 11 - 14 years old

Children/People to take care of 2

Working Hours (per week) 15 - 20

Pocket Money (per month) 500 EUR

Willing to pay/share travel expenses? yes

Required Age 16-25

Accepts Smokers No

Taking care of special needs children/people required No

Taking care of pets required No

Swimming required No

Riding a bike required No

The Au Pair can attend language courses Yes

First Aid Training required No

Driving required No

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A comfortable room on the second floor (i.e. two floors above the ground floor), next to a bathroom. We live in town with convenient public transport for getting around.
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