Au Pair's Arrival



Things may seem a little strange to the Au pair at first, who will probably be a little homesick. The family should understand this and help her to settle into their home. She will have travelled a long way and will be tired and apprehensive and will need a little time to adjust. Arrange a meeting with the au pair within the first 24 hours to decide her working rota, which days are her free days, whether or not she will be able to bring friends to the house, details of local English classes and arrangements for registration with a doctor etc.

Most au pair placements run very smoothly and many long-term friendships are made, but even the best of friends have disagreements sometimes. By nipping small problems in the bud at an early stage many potential difficulties can be avoided. This is equally true for the au pair as it is for the host family.