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Au pairs

Au pairs generally have no formal training in caring for children but will assist with light housework, help in the kitchen and care for school age children. They are generally in the UK to learn the language and assimilate the culture. Most will have some hours off per day in order to attend English language lessons. They should also be available for babysitting one or two evenings per week. Au pairs earn board and lodging and a small amount of money each week in return for childcare and light housework. There are many ways to find a good au pair. The agency route is usually the fastest but it can be expensive. Not going through an agency will save you money but it will usually take much more time. Local libraries, community centres, children’s stores, friends, schools and playgroups are good places for putting your ad. You must ask for several references to assure you are hiring someone reliable, professional, etc.

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