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Au Pair in New Zealand: duties

The duties you will be performing will depend on the host family you are staying with. Au Pair's responsabilities may be slightly different from family to family but there are some certain standards every family should respect.

In order to give you an idea of what your tasks may be and what you shouldn't be doing as an Au Pair, provides you with the following lists:

What can an Au Pair do?

  • Keep both Au Pair's and children's room tidy
  • Take / pick up the children from school or any other activity
  • Cook some light meals for the kids
  • Play with the children
  • Help the children to get dressed
  • Help with light housework (ironing, vacuuming, laundry)
  • Prepare light meals for the children
  • Help the children with their homework

What should an Au Pair NOT do?

  • Look after pets
  • Clean non-shared rooms
  • Look after someone else's children
  • Cook meals for the whole family

Although it is important for families and Au Pairs to consider the previous information, it is more important that both parts agree on what is to be done by the Au Pair, as well as on how many hours the Au Pair will be working and how much pocket money / holiday / free time she will be getting.

Families should not forget that Au Pair is supposed to be an exchange program where the Au Pair gets to live with a foreign family and learn their language in exchange for some light work related to childcare.

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