We are a lively, busy and friendly family of 4 plus our adorable dog Riley. We live in a coastal town in the south west of Ireland called Clonakilty which has a thriving Au Pair community who are very happy and well looked after.
As a family, we are warm and welcoming, as well as very active with children's activities including gymnastics, swimming, football, rugby, tennis and athletics at the weekends and after school.
Every day life would mean getting the children ready for school, lunches made, taking Riley the dog for a little walk, collecting children from school, ensuring homework gets done, providing snacks and light meals, and keeping the house tidy as you go.
Dad works in London a few days a week and Mom has a very early start each morning and is also sometimes away.
So a day might look like:
Tues, Wed, Thurs:
7 or 7.30am: Danielle leaves for work, Conor is in London
8-9am: get children up and ready for school, make lunches and walk them the very short distance to school (2 minute walk!)
9-9.30am: some light housework (tidying kitchen, making beds) and take dog for a short walk (if Elsa hasn't already walked her before school)
2.40pm: collect children from school
2.40-7pm: take care of children, ensure bedrooms are kept tidy, supervise play and homework, prepare light meals, walk to gymnastics (Wednesdays), maybe take dog for another short walk with the children, engage children in craft activities or baking or games, etc.
Mondays and Fridays - we may need help for an hour sometimes on a Monday or Friday afternoon, but we would give as much notice as possible when when that happens.
You would have your own, nice big room and would share food and meals with the family and/or could keep and prepare your own food. We'll also provide an Irish mobile number and €20 credit/month as well as membership at the local leisure centre (with pool and gym facilities). You will have a bicycle to get around, but everything you need is in easy walking distance. We will pay you weekly and will discuss the specific amount with you privately but we are very fair-minded and would never take advantage.
There is a great social scene for Au Pairs in Clonakilty and you would of course be free to come and go at the weekends however you please. No curfews either of course! So long as you are ready for the mornings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.