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An au pair is an unmarried young adult aged 18 to 30 years, who has no children and travels to London for a defined period of time to live with a host family. The au pair is considered as a full member of the family during the entire stay. As such, he or she helps the family with childcare and can be asked to assume some light household tasks. In return, the host family provides free board and lodging, as well as pocket money. Tgnc au pair’s come with previous childcare experience, conversational English and a 6 month committment as standard, of course as well as the usual reference checks and are EU passport holders.
The au pair programme is an internationally recognised Cultural Exchange Programme. It offers a young individual the opportunity to travel and live with a host family in a new country, learn a foreign language and experience the country’s culture. The au pair will help for a set amount of hours for the host family, usually doing a mixture of childcare and light housework. The au pair will have some childcare experience and even qualifications, but an au pair is not a nanny and should also not be treated as a housekeeper.
Tgnc recruits all their own Au Pair’s, we do not use partner agencies which means we have personally spoken to the Au Pair’s, their references and know them on a much more personal level.
Au pairs can help a family for up to 35 hours per week. These hours can be spread out over 5 days per week as a maximum Monday-Friday. Time must be given for the Au Pair to attend language classes, usually they would offer ‘warp around’ care for before and after school hours. They can also provide 2 nights of babysitting per week, weekend babysitting only 2 nights a month as a maximum.
We work on this system, as minimums for au pair pocket money – due to the experience of our au pairs – they are not inexperienced and have conversational English.
If you wish to pay more, you may do so of course! The 2017/2018 Tax and NI threshold is £157 per week, in 2018/2019 this will increase to £162 per week. We do not suggest paying an au pair over this amount. However some families then offer a travel card/gym membership on top.
Two evenings babysitting per week are included as part of the arrangement. Additional pocket money should be paid for any additional evenings. We request that only 2 weekends a month include a weekend evening babysitting.
Au Pairs must be provided with their own private bedroom and 3 square meals per day to suit their dietry requirements.
Au Pairs are offered the standard 20 days per year plus bank holidays and pocket money will be paid to them during this time. We suggest the family decide two weeks and the au pair decides the other two weeks.
Being a Host Family is very different to being the employer of a Nanny, for example. Here is a list of some of the host family responsibilities required to be a host family;
Au pair’s are a shorter term options compared with standard childcare options, which one needs to consider. We have to take into consideration that this is not a career choice for au pairs but an experience to explore a new country and learn the language. They are not Nannies, they will need reminding about how things are done in the UK as it is very different to what they are used to.We cannot say enough, it is NOT A JOB. For long term experiences we always request a 6 month commitment from our candidates, however they are not bound to stay due to the nature of the programme and we cannot request longer although most stay for one year. Good Au Pairs are hard to find as it is not for everyone, we have experienced candidates on our books – all have worked with children before. It’s such a personal affair opening your home to a stranger so you need to get it right the first time. Should things not work out for some reason, we offer one free replacement as standard within the first 14 days, subject to terms. This may not seem like a lot but from our experience within 14 days you will know if it is going to work or not! We also offer up to 12 weeks free replacement service with Placement Plus for that extra piece of mind for minimal costs.
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Visit www.tgnc.co.uk/apply-to-host to apply to host an au pair with TGNC. Fee: £25 to apply if we accept you as a host family.
Would like to offer to host to a TGNC au pair? TGNC will make the offer on your behalf. Fee: £100 to secure a au pair for the experience.
Once you have selected those you wish to meet, TGNC will arrange these on your behalf and send you a confirmation. Free Service.
We supply a personalised welcome letter for your role to save you the bother of getting this in place. It will detail your full requirements and house rules.
Have someone you may wish to host, TGNC conducts thorough referencing checks on au pairs. Fee: £25 per au pair documentation.
Once your au pair has arrived at your family home, 14 day free replacement starts. Final fee paid before arrival.