Live-Out Au Pairs

One interesting trend emerging from the traditional model of the au pair job, and childcare, is the popularity of the live-out au pair option. The live-out au pair, as the name suggests, does not live with the host family, rather comes and goes on a daily basis in the same way a normal employee would.

As a result of the influx of young EU workers to Ireland over the past decade a large pool suitable candidates has formed in the country, making this a popular option, that provides a lot of choices, for families. At the time of writing this posting, of the almost 4,000 job-seekers registered on AuPairIreland.ie, who are located in Ireland, well over half of them express a willingness, or a preference, to find a live-out au pair job.

The live-out option is most suited to families who don’t have the spare accommodation needed to host another person in their household, or to families who wish to employ an au pair, but are worried about the implications a relative stranger could have on the privacy of their home.

In our experience it is families living in urban areas, especially those in cities popular with young people and immigrants, will get the most applicants for their advertised live-out positions.

Typical work for a live-out au pair would be the same as for an live-in au pair, arriving in the morning the au pair brings the children to creche or school, collecting them after school, making light meals and maybe some light housework.

Remember Me on login forms

This functionality is standard on the vast majority of websites now, so we’re not going to get too excited about it, however we’re posting this to let you know it’s there.
We’ve just added ‘Remember Me’ functionality to the login panels for both job seekers and employers. Ticking the box keeps you logged in for 30 days, even when you close your browser or turn off your computer. You can end the logged in session by clicking ‘Log Out’ in your side navigation.

This functionality is ideal for users repeatedly accessing the site from home or from their mobile device, however we don’t recommend users logging in from public devices use it.

Au Pair Contract Example / Letter of Offer Example

One of the first things to do when you hire an au pair or nanny is to clarify your and the au pair’s expectations – write them down as an au pair agreement. This will reduce the likelihood of confusion, at a later date, over either party’s responsibilities.

Some tips for writing an Au Pair agreement.

Drawing up a good document will include the following:

  • Hours – the au pair’s working hours, including details of compensation for overtime and sunday work.
  • Duties and responsibilities – this should be as detailed as possible, listing the au pair’s duties and responsibilities in an almost diary-like format
  • Pocket Money – The au pair’s weekly/monthly pocket money and the rate at which the au pair will be paid for working extra hours
  • Start date and end date of employment
  • Discipline – how you expect the au pair to act while in your employment and what falls outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour
    • Disciplinary procedures – what disciplinary process the au pair can expect
    • Summary dismissial reasons – the grounds on which the au pair can expect instant dismissal
  • Holidays
  • Accommodation – detailing the au pair’s accommodation and the condition you expect it to be kept in
  • School – if the au pair is to attend language school while in your employment detail it here

Below is a sample of a  letter of offer.

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Download example Au Pair Contract: http://www.aupairireland.ie/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/sample-au-pair-contract.pdf

Further Reading

Elderly Care/Companionship and Special Needs search options

Today we added in some new search fields to help our site members. Now you can search for job-seekers who are interested in working with either special needs children, or as elderly companions.

To find these job-seekers just log into your account, click the ‘Search Jobseekers’ link on the left-hand-side navigation and you’ll see these new search fields in the main search form.

To give you even more detail on job-seekers we have given them the option of listing their dietry requirements, ie. vegetarian, vegan etc. This option isn’t searchable yet, but will be in the near future.

Writing an Au Pair Contract, with Sample Contract

One of the most first things you should do when you hire an au pair or nanny is to clarify your’s and the au pair’s expectations, write them down and draw up a contract. This will reduce the likelihood of confusion, at a later date, of either party’s responsibilities.

Some tips for writing an Au Pair contract.

A good contract will cover the following topics.

  • Hours – the au pair’s working hours
  • Duties and responsibilities – this should be as detailed as possible, listing the au pair’s duties and responsibilities in an almost diary-like format
  • Salary – The au pair’s weekly/monthly wage and the rate at which the au pair will be paid for working extra hours
  • Start date and end date of employment
  • Discipline – how you expect the au pair to act while in your employment and what falls outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour
    • Disciplinary procedures – what disciplinary process the au pair can expect
    • Summary dismissial reasons – the grounds on which the au pair can expect instant dismissal
  • Holidays
  • Accommodation – detailing the au pair’s accommodation and the condition you expect it to be kept in
  • School – if the au pair is to attend language school while in your employment detail it here

Below is a sample of a formal letter of offer.

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Family name and address
Aupair name and address
Date

Dear ……………………………………

We are delighted to offer you the position of Aupair, and to welcome you to our family. We hope your stay with us will be a happy and memorable occasion for both you and us alike.

In order to clarify expectations we are including the terms and conditions of your employment. Once you have read it, and if you are happy with it, please sign and date a copy of it and send it back to us at the above address.

The terms and conditions of the position are as follows:

  • Hours: You will be required to work for approximately ………… hours per week. In addition …………. nights per week babysitting will be required. Every …………. weekend, will be spent with the family. You will have ……… long weekends off a month from Friday afternoon to Monday morning.
  • Duties and responsibilities: Your main duty is the due care of ………………………………………..You will be required to get ……………………………………….. ready for the day, get ……………………………………….. to kindergarten or school, collect ……………………………………….. from kindergarten or school and see to his/their needs in the afternoon. You will also be required to assist with homework, prepare lunch, snacks and dinner as required, bath and change as required, arrange visits with friends, see to after school activities, play games together as well as any thing else that may be necessary for his/their amusement and wellbeing. You will be required to do some cleaning up after ……………………………………….. and yourself (including washing and ironing for ……………………………………….. and yourself and the cleaning of your rooms).
  • Salary: You will be paid an amount of …….. per month / week in arrears. Additional hours will be paid at a rate of …….. per hour.
  • Start Date and Period of Employment: You are expected to start on the ………… and to stay for a minimum period of ……………………………….. If due to circumstances beyond your control or for any other reason, you wish to leave at an earlier date than our agreement, you will be required to give one month’s notice. If we require you to leave, subject to the conditions specified under ‘discipline’, we will give you a minimum of one month’s notice.
  • Discipline: Reasons which could give rise to disciplinary measures are as follows:
    • Causing a disruptive influence in the household.
    • Job incompetence.
    • Conduct during or outside working hours prejudicial to our interests.
    • Unreliability in timekeeping or attendance.
    • Failure to comply with our reasonable instructions or procedures.

In the event of a need for disciplinary action, the procedure will be:

  • First – a verbal warning.
  • Second – a written warning.
  • Third – dismissal without need for further notice.

Reasons with would give rise to summary dismissal would be:

  • Theft or other dishonest offences.
  • Drunkenness.
  • Illegal drug taking.
  • Child abuse or neglect.
  • Holidays: You will have ……….. weeks paid holidays after ……….. months of work. Dates must be negotiated …………. weeks in advance.
  • Accommodation: You will have your own room in our home. We would like you to treat our home as your own. We ask that all rooms be kept tidy and that friends staying over should only do so with our permission. If we go out as a family, you will generally be invited to come with us (at our expense) should you so choose.
  • School You will be enrolled at a language school to attend a course in ………………… for the duration of your stay.

We look forward to having you with us and are sure that our association will be a long and happy one. If you have any questions or comments regarding this contract, please contact us as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully

………………………………………………………………..

I have read and accept the above terms and conditions. ……………………………………………..

Aupair name Dated: ……………………………………………..

 

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Further Reading

Au Pairs for Elderly Care and Companionship

Elderly care has been featuring in the news quite a lot recently. In most cases it’s been for the wrong reasons, as revelations emerge about mistreatment and neglect of elderly residents in care homes.

As a result of all this negative press, and of course the extremely high costs, it’s not surprising that live in home care and home companionship is now becoming a more popular alternative to residential care, for the more able-bodied and independent elderly person.

This has given rise to a previously uncommon position – the live in elderly carer/companion. Au pairs who act in an elderly companion role work in a strictly non-professional capacity – that is they wouldn’t be considered suitable for tasks that are sometimes performed by professional carers such as bathing.

Typically an au pair who works as an elderly companion will be responsible for the likes of  light house work, medication reminders, transportation and visits, shopping and errands and, of course, companionship.