Creating a detailed working schedule for the Au Pair is one of the key factors of a successful Au Pair stay. Knowing in advance the specific duties of the Au Pair for each day of the week will give the chance to both the Au Pair and the Host Family to organise their free time, and will leave no space for misunderstandings.
In this article, we have compiled a list of factors about the Au Pair job that need to be discussed by the Host Family and the Au Pair before the beginning of the stay.
You can also find an Au Pair schedule template, which can give you an idea on how to structure yours!
Having a schedule is definitely important for a successful Au Pair experience. Organizing and respecting each other’s time is essential to prevent possible future problems and set a routine.
The weekly working routine and the daily tasks should be discussed during the first interview-call between an Au Pair and a Host Family. It is also important to include the working hours and the duties in the Au Pair contract. At AuPair.com we also recommend describing the future schedule in detail.
Explain the daily plan and babysittings. Although the Au Pair Program requires flexibility, it is always better to plan, at least a week in advance. This way both the Au Pair the and Family can organise their free time around the work schedule.
Define your expectations: the Host family should be clear about what they require in terms of childcare and light housework, so that the Au Pair understands from the beginning what is expected of her/him.
Be specific when writing down the Au Pair duties in the contract. For example, something like “put the children’s toys back into the boxes, fold clothes that are lying around and put them back into the cupboard, on Fridays additional vacuuming”, which is much more specific than just “cleaning the kids’ room”, will leave no space for misunderstandings.
Clarify when the Au Pair will normally have free time and which family activities you would like him/her to take part in.
A standard working schedule for an Au Pair shows the detailed plan for the week, specifying day by day what the duties of the Au Pair will be.
A sample Au Pair schedule for one day will look something like this:
Wake up kids
Get them dressed
Drop the kids off at school
Tidy up the kitchen
Load the dishwasher
Tidy up the kids´rooms (put toys back in the boxes, make their beds, fold clothes and put them back in the wardrobe)
Food shop for dinner
Pick the kids up from school
Take Anna to swimming lesson
Pick up Anna from swimming lesson
Tidy up the kitchen
Load/unload the dishwasher
Put the kids to bed
Remember that this is just an example of Au Pair schedule, every Host family has different needs and can adjust the schedule according to them. Discuss in advance what is required from the Au Pair, so that she knows what the routine in the house is like and can conduct her duties accordingly.
Make sure that the Au Pair understands what is expected of her/him and agrees with it. Do not forget that it is always important to communicate to avoid future complications.
Can an Au Pair have a second job?
It depends. If the Au Pair is an EU citizen and is staying within the EU, then he/she can have another job. For the rest of the cases, it depends on the visa the Au Pair holds, the amount of hours she already works and the specific labour laws of the Host Country.
Can Au Pairs work more than 45 hours?
No. Every country has its own regulations for how many hours/week the Au Pair is allowed to work, and they correspond to a specific monthly pocket money. In some countries, like the USA, this includes extra babysitting hours. In other Host Countries it depends on the agreement between Au Pair and Host Family.
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