Family ID: 985412

Children: 4 Children, 0 - 1 year old, 1 - 5 years old, 6 - 10 years old

City: Hamburg / Big City | More ⇩

Name Ann-Kristin

State Hamburg

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Job Start: Mar 2023 - Sep 2023

Time of stay: 6-24 Months

Last action: 3 days ago

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Dear Au Pair,

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We put lots of effort in the details, trying to give you as many insights about us, our life and what we are looking for.

We are a happy and fun family of 6 with 4 boys, 9 and 7 and identical twin boys, who are 4 years old!

I know a family with 4 small kids must sound "challenging" from an au pairs perspective and and maybe like a too stressful option and yes, a family with one or two kids is a different story, but we are not that bad! ?

First, we are very organized, which gives us and all of our kids the necessary structure for the day. This way everybody is quite relaxed and there is no major "chaos". Second, you are not alone - Ann-Kristin is an entrepreneur with flexible working hours and we have support from Renée, Flos Mom, who is truely an angel for our family, always helping and supporting as well. Third, we are a whole lot of fun, we do see the au pair as an addition to the family, try to make everything work and everyone who lived with us, really blended in well, had a great personal growth experience and a very good time. And fourth, Hamburg is one of the nicest cities in Germany with a huge international community, lots of cool places, things to do and all of our international girls made great friends!

Hamburg is in the North of Germany, we live about 30 minutes from downtown in a very green and nice neighbourhood. We have a nice and comfortably big home and we love our house a lot.

Both of us, my husband and I, are very open and fun to be around with. We both work a lot, but try to manage around the kids to make them feel important and seen. We enjoy our big family, which consumes most of our free time ;) but whenever time allows it, travelling, sports, good food, wine in any colour and meeting with friends is what we like to do - we can say, we enjoy life and live it to the fullest as much as we can.

Ann-Kristin has spent several years in the US, starting out as a highschool exchange student and still has a very close connection to her former host family, so she knows how it feels to be somewhere else, having a cultural shock, but remembers these times as one of the best in teenage and college years and a journey like this is not only an aupair experience, it is a journey to yourself (really!) finding out where you want to go in life!

So why don't you get in touch and maybe stay with us?! We are very excited to hear from you and to get to know you!

The Family

P.S.: This being equally important for you and for us: We are are fully vaacinated we do expect our au pairs to be fully vaccinated as well.
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Job Description

We are looking for a responsible, self-contained, clean, caring and fun au pair with the right amount of assertiveness with the boys and who is willing to integrate into our family and be part of it. We are quite extroverted and we have made the experience that au pairs who are on the more extroverted side feel quicker more at home than introverts. But in any case, we will do our very best to make you feel comfortable and respected.

Ideally, you know basic German, but fluent English is the requirement, as we all are very communicative. The older boys speak some English, with and with little kids, we have made the experience, that basic German helps a lot in order to connect with them and to get through the visa processing. The kids have been around English speaking au pairs for over four years then, so they can understand just fine.

What we expect:

- we are very clean. We are not neurotic, but we probably are on the upper level of hygiene and cleanliness expectations. ? We have made different experiences on this issue and if our au pair has a totally different exectation level or way of being brought up, that does get a bit difficult - so we rather point it out here explicitly. ?
We just love our home so much, we want to feel comfortable and with that many people it is a challenge maintaining everything at a certain level. So here, it would be great if it is also important to you or at least you can adapt here. But a total messie won't match with us, I fear. I hope you understand!
- support with everyday routine meals/ getting dressed/ getting ready for bed at night or for school / daycare in the mornings. We are always with you, it is always about the extra pair of hands.
- bring or pick the twins up from kindergarden/ daycare
- watch the kids after daycare and school and when needed, if they are sick at home. Bring them to afternoon activities
- support in light household work (keeping the laundry/dryer and dishwasher flow going is key in this house and putting up the kids clothes, that is your main household task very clearly, also help laying and clearing the table, prepare meals for the kids if neccessary, keeping an eye on the overall tidiness status around the kids stuff as things get jammed together and spread all over the place quickly - no general cleaning, except for your room maybe, but we do have a cleaning lady on top)
- occasionally babysit at night or on weekends if neccessary
- On weekends you are generally free unless we need support, but that is all a matter of communication. Sometimes we do like to go run at night, then is is nice to have an hour of spontaneous support on weeknights. But until now, we have always made it work. ;-)
- if possible, join us on family vacations

"Qualifications" and personality:
- profound experience in taking care of small children/ boys.
- responsible, reliant and value-driven
- emotionally intelligent, caring and good at heart
- psycologically stable - we do have 4 kids, we do have a pace around here, so i.e anxiety is something that you shouldn't feel as you will definetely be overwhelmed.
- able to communicate feelings and needs
- truely motivated and willing to support
- able to prepare basic meals for the kids
- ideally good manners to serve as a role model for the kids, willing to adapt to German manners and values
- flexible and adaptable in new environments and situations
- proactive, pragmatic and hands-on
- English fluent, basic German skills ideally

In Germany au pair working time is "officially regulated" (of course) at a max. of 30 hours at 6 days a week. With us, it will rather be 5 days a week and weekends are mostly free. All in all, you will not have more hours and if, than we compensate it in some way. You have 2 weeks of vacation per halfyear, so 1 month per year. We will cover the stardard German amount of "pocket money", health insurance (no known deseases are covered unfortunately), public transport and 50€ per month for language classes.

This could be roughly the weekly routine for you: (It always changes a bit depening on training times etc, but to give you an idea it'll work)
- in the morning at 6.45am: Have breakfast with the kids. Prepare lunchboxes. Start laundry.
- 8am: bring the twins to daycare at around. We have a Babboe e-cargo bike so that you can comfortably take them - it is fast and fun!
FROM 8:30AM - appr. 2.30pm you are free in most cases. Here most of the girls took German classes or met up with friends.
- 3pm: Pick the twins up and watch them, have a fruit snacktime and play at home or take them to their activities
- 6pm get them ready for dinner and bed afterwards.
- Regular weeks: Renée is here twice a week to support and you do the things together when Ann is in the office all day.
- (help) Prepare dinner for the kids and for ourselves. We mostly try to have dinner all together, so its team work here.
- (help) with the daily evening routine before they go to bed between 7 and 8pm

Occaisionally babysit at night.
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Family Information

Family has pets - Yes

Family has pets Yes

Family lives in Big City

Parent's Age Group 30-45

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

Nationality German

Languages spoken at home German

Religion Protestant

Importance of religion Not important

Employment Entrepreneur / Sales

People living in the house 6

Children's/people's age and gender 4 (2013, 2015, 2018)

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Job Requirements

Swimming required - Yes
Riding a bike required - Yes

Working Hours (per week) 25 - 30

Pocket Money of Au Pair (per month) 280 EUR

Required Gender Female

Duration of Stay 6-24 Months

Earliest Starting Date Mar 2023

Latest Starting Date Sep 2023

Looking for Au Pair

Children's/People's Age 0 - 1 year old, 1 - 5 years old, 6 - 10 years old

Children/People to take care of 4

Minimum Childcare Experience 200+

We need a tutor who can teach

How old are the students the Tutor should teach?

We need assistance and support in

Preferred Nationalities American - USA, Australian, British, English, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Canadian, New Zealander, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Swiss, Austrian

Language Skills
 English, Minimum Advanced (C1)
- Select -
 German, Minimum Beginner (A1)

Education Level High school

Willing to pay/share the travel costs? ja

Required Age 21-26

Accepts Smokers No

Taking care of special needs children/people required No

Taking care of pets required Yes

Swimming required Yes

Riding a bike required Yes

The applicant can attend language courses Yes

First Aid Training required No

Driving required No

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Family Description

Maximilian, most of the time just Max (9 years):
Typical first born! He is the leader of our little tribe and loves his position! He is a very sweet, responsible and kind child, with his little "moments", where he tries to be a bit crazy! He loves to play with cars, to build lego and is a big field hockey player, started tennis just recently and plays the piano.

Philipp (7 years):
He is the yang to Max: Vivid, a little wilder with a strong will. He connects quickly and his little life is a rollercoaster and full of emotions: He laughs loud and loves strongly, takes care of everyone and every bug he can find...he cries and fights for his issues more than Max. All in all he is a wonderful little boy, very sweet, so much fun (his laugh makes you laugh immediately) with a big heart for everybody. Of course he loves to do everything his older brother does: Hockey, piano and he really enjoys playing soccer...

The twin boys - Anton and Henry: (*24. April 2018): The latest addition to our family which we hadn't planned and which we are even more thankful for as they are a very special gift - identical twins! We could feel the "twin magic" from whenever they were been born: They are in the same spot most of the time, they are also very sweet as the others, they are energetic, but also the most loving and lovable cuddle buddies, seeing life as this big adventure Park...! Every au pair is totally in love with them as they are really two little charmers!

Florian (41 years):
Great husbund and father - a true family guy, dedicated and hard working. He works a lot and is responsible for sales of a big ticketing company. He is also a field hockey player, still playing games every once in a while and has a big passion for everything maritime like boats, ships, harbours, beaches....

Ann-Kristin (40 years):
100% mom AND 100% career woman at the same time! She owns her own company, which she started during her maternity leave with the twins. Driven, an organisor, laughs a lot and loud, has a good feeling for people and enjoys life with all there is within. Enjoys everything around food, a healthy lifestyle, sports and working out and the fun sides in life. There are a 100 things that she is doing at the same time and she is the one, the au pair is especially of great help, making it all work, enabling this "do it all" lifestyle!

And last but not least - Renée (68 years):
Florian's mom, a great help and definetely part of the family structure. She is a really passionate grandmother, lives 3 minutes away and comes by whenever needed but actually on a regular base every week to help with the kids on 2 days a week. We can truely say, Renée ist part of the "tribe"! She is the most reliable and dedicated person you can think of and supports us for over 5 years with the household and the kids. But four is a bit too much even for our "super-grandmother". Our au pairs loved her as their "German grandma" and they all have teamed up very well.
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Our house is a large single home in a nice neighborhood. We are so happy we have found it, especially in Corona times, we do have enough space for everyone. We enjoy living in a clean, well decorated home everyone who comes into our house really likes the overall atmosphere and karma. Lots of room, lots of natural light, nice interior. The au pair has a big, almost studio like room in the basement with big windows ensuring natural daylight as well. We do have three bathrooms in the house, the au pair has her own shower in the guest bathroom in the ground floor, which nobody else is using.

Public transportation is close by. The bus stop is just down the street, the next train stop is 900m walking distance.
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