CURRENT AU PAIR POSITIONS AUSTRALIA
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& Annette in SYDNEY
are a vibrant, easy-going family of 4. Bridget is 5yrs old and has started
school this year - she is loving it! Peter is 3 yrs old and loves action and
adventure with lots of cuddles. They love swimming, the outdoors, reading and
playing make-believe. I am a lawyer and Brett works for a bank. As a family we
love spending time at parks and on bushwalks and in our garden.
are looking for an au pair to be a fun, engaging role model for the kids. The
au pair's week would look something like this:
mornings: Looking after the children from 7am to 9am each weekday morning. This
would include, giving Bridget and Peter breakfast and taking Bridget to school
5 days and Peter to daycare 2 days a week (Monday and Tuesday). On Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday Peter would be looked after by a nanny from 9am - 5pm .
evenings: Roughly 4:30pm/5pm to 7:30pm each weekday evening. On Monday and
Tuesday, the au pair would pick Bridget up from her after-school care and Peter
from his day-care starting at 4:30pm. You would then need to give them dinner
(we will have the nanny make some meals up which would be easily re-heatable by
you) and baths. In the evenings Wednesday to Friday you would start at 5pm when
the Nanny goes home for the day - we will have the Nanny prepare dinner for the
children before she goes and you would feed them dinner and again baths.
Either Brett or myself would be home normally by around 6:30pm and together we
get them to bed by 7:30pm with stories and relaxing times. We would also
like the au pair to do the family's laundry and kitchen tidyup after
live in a four-bedroom house with a swimming pool and air-conditioning/heating.
You would have your own bedroom, with own shower/toilet in a seperate part of
the house. TV and internet connection available. We are approximately a 20
minute train ride into City and our suburb has its own cinema, coffee
shops/restaurants. We would love for you to experience Sydney
and for our kids and us to have the opportunity to learn about a different
culture. Our suburb is called Roseville.
Car available for use in spare time.
Kim & Any
We are a
family of four with two little girls [6 and 8 years]. We are currently moving
The girls are coming in June and Anu, the mother, is coming in August. Kim, the
father, is already in Adelaide.
We are currently looking for a house close to the beach and will move there in
mid June. The distance to the city center from the beach is around 13
We are both
lawyers. We don’t have any pets and look forward to the life on the beach.
We are looking
for an au pair who is a native English speaker. The girls will not start school
immediately but will stay home with the au pair for the first 2 - 4 months. The
idea is that they will pick up the English language during this period. At the
moment their active English is limited. They are exposed to the English
language through English speaking nannies in Finland
but they need to be able to express their needs and even explain some more
complex situations before going to school. They are very motivated to learn
The au pair
would take care of the girls during the week-days, 5-6 hours per day. These
hours could also include some light household work. Once the girls have started
school we can rearrange the situation to reflect the changed circumstances. No
work during the week-ends, unless we occasionally agree on that. The au pair
will have her own room and will have internet access.
Leanne & Mitch in Sydney
In our home live Brodee (aka Brodz;Brodzstar) who is 7 and a half years
old. Brodee is in Year 3 at School this year and he loves to play computer
games and drawing pictures and making up quirky little games of his own.
He occasionly likes to go bike riding and just recently has started learning
hip hop dancing which he absolutely loves. He does hip hop on Friday
afternoons and is about to also start playing AFL football, which training will
be on Thursday afternoons. Brodee also suffers from ADHD and is on
Ritalin to help control his focus and concentration levels at school and at
Dantai (aka DJ or Missy) is 5 years old and just started Kindergarten at
big school this year. Dantai loves dancing also and is doing her second
year of ballet this year which is on Saturday mornings and is also about to
begin another style of dance called Acro, which is on Thursday afternoon.
Dantai loves outdoors more than indoors, she loves to play around, running,
riding, scooters etc. Dantai also wants to either begin doing Soccer or
Netball, Mum hasn’t decided which one would be best yet. Dantai is also
an asthmatic, so she takes preventative puffers and ventolin twice a day.
Both the children also love to Heeley when Mum or Dad or both take them
shopping they Heeley everywhere and are very clever at it. Heeley’s are a
shoe with wheels in the bottom of them.
Mum is Leanne (aka Lou) and currently works for the Area Health Service
within the Drug and Alcohol division, but is planning to change careers and
join the NSW Police Force as a Communications Officer. My training is in
law and administration. I love my husband and my children and I love to
go out with them to the parks, the beaches, the shops and anywhere where we can
be together. I like to read, but rarely get to do it. I love to
roller skate but never get to do it. I love to spend time with my husband
at every opportunity, which very rarely happens due to the pressures of being a
full-time working Mum.
Dad is Mitchell (aka Mitch) and he is a Paramedic with the NSW Ambulance
Service. Dad loves to go yachting on his laser yacht and loves the
beach. He is a fitness fanatic most of the time and loves all things
outdoors. He loves his wife and kids more than anything else in the world.
Our family also consists of 3 other children who don’t live with
us. Sam who is 19 years old, lives with Mitch’s sister in Coolah at the
moment. Charlotte who is 16 and lives in Gunnedah with her Mum (Mitch’s
ex-wife) and Angus who is 14 and also lives in Gunnedah with his Mum.
We have 1 dog (Harold, aka Harry), 2 cockateil birds (Cheeky &
Charlie) and some outside fish in a fish pond (unnamed L). Harry lives
outside, Cheeky & Charlie live in an enclosed area outside also.
We live in Kariong which is a suburb on the Central Coast of NSW, 5
minutes drive from Gosford and 20 minutes to the closest beaches either towards
Umina/Ettalong or in the other direction to Terrigal. It is also only 20
minutes from Erina which has a large shopping centre. It is also only 1
hour drive to the centre of Sydney
or 30 minutes to the end of the Freeway and the outskirts of Sydney.
Our house is a four bedroom small home, but we are about to begin major
extensions in the form of a first floor addition, which will make our home a
very large one (due to begin 1 June 2010). We have a bus stop right out
the front of our house and the buses go direct to Gosford Bus and Train
station, which can take you anywhere.
Au Pair Hours and break down of duties:
The hours that will be required will be a minimum of 25 hours per week,
and often maybe more hours than this.
Mitch is already a shift worker and Lou is about to begin shift work in
her new job. Therefore the duties will differ, depending on whether they
are during the day or night and whether they are weekdays or weekends.
So to break them down as much as possible;
Weekday Days: The children both start school at 8:50am and
therefore would need to be helped to get ready for school, having breakfast,
doing teeth and hair, making lunches and organizing any other notes for school
or homework, library days, sports days etc…. Then school finishes at
2:55pm, so the children will need to be picked up as well. After school
requirements would be homework and play time, some afternoons involve taking
the children to sports ie. Dancing and AFL training. These occur on
Thursday afternoons, Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. These days
would also involve preparing tea and showering the children and getting them
ready for bed and sometimes even getting them into bed, as both parents shifts
ends at 7pm and bedtime is 8pm. Dad often works later than 7pm and Mum
will have a 1hr and 10min trip home from work. Amongst all of this is
general house tidying could be done, would be very helpful, like vaccuming
floors, making beds packing toys etc away, making sure lunch boxes and notes
are collected from school bags and school bags and uniforms are put away at the
end of the day.
Weekday nights: Mum and Dad would both be leaving home by approx
5:30pm and not returning until between 7:30 – 8:30am, therefore the kids tea,
showers and bed would need to be organized by the Au Pair, as well as getting
reading for school as per above in the mornings. There would also be a
period of generally about half an hour before bed where the kids should have
play time (relaxing play time preferably) ie. No computers or DS games during
this time. Tele is permitted and is the usual preferred option.
Weekend Days: Saturdays are Ballet for Dantai at 8:30am and then
probably Saturday game of AFL for Brodee and school food shopping that might be
required for the following week. Other than this, this is the kids day of
rest, so plenty of play time and not too many jobs. Sundays: are
generally our Church day, but obviously if Mum and Dad are both at work, we may
be able to arrange someone else to take the children to Church if possible
otherwise the children would spend the day with the Au Pair, much the same as
Weekend Nights: Much the same as weekday nights, with the possibility of
a movie on TV and a little bit later bed time (occasionally)
Au Pair Pocket Money & Accomodation:
Not sure about the pocket money expectation and would need some advice
regarding this from your agency. Our accommodation currently consists of
a bedroom and a shared bathroom, but once our extensions are complete which is
estimated to be mid August, the Au Pair would have their own brand new bedroom
and a shared bathroom with the children only, as the parents would have an
ensuite. Internet access is available, use of a car would be available when
both parents are home with the children possibly. Language classes can be
arranged if necessary. An emergency mobile phone can be arranged if
We are a Christian Family and are looking for someone who has Christian
standards and values.
Karina & Robert in Canberra
Karina enjoys a
wide variety of interests, including gardening, running, photography, travel,
eBay and her hobby of selling products from The Body Shop @ Home. She
the world extensively (with still more travel to come) and our home is filled
reminders of great experiences and fond memories.
highly educated and has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering which she
her 12.5 years in the Australian Air Force (she was discharged in 2006). She
is 34 years old
and will soon be returning to her job as an IT Project Manager.
golf, watching sport, gardening, travel and keeping fit. He is 49 years old and
an IT executive
who manages the Canberra
office for a major Australian IT firm.
Gemma Grace was
born on 26 April 2009, she has many toys and her favourite colour is pink.
Gemma likes to
watch cartoons on TV, play in her jungle gym, and swinging in her outdoor
swing. She is a
very happy baby and loves to laugh.
We live in Canberra
- the capital city of Australia.
Canberra is the political centre of Australia
and has many
points of interest including the National
National Zoo & Aquarium, recreational lakes and nature reserves.
We have lived
in our home for almost 2 years – it has 4 bedrooms and the back yard has a
entertainment area with an enclosed garden, and the front garden is unfenced.
shopping centre with movie theatres is 10 minutes drive away and the smaller
(including McDonalds) are 30 minutes walk (or a few minutes drive).
We have a
healthy lifestyle and enjoy outdoor activities, particularly when the weather
There are cycle
paths and walking tracks from our home to the city and around Canberra,
which we use to
take Gemma for a walk in her pram or ride our bikes. For fitness we have an
cross trainer machine and a weights station at home.
During the year
we like to take short trips away to the South
Coast, to relax at the
seafood. This coming weekend we are going to Jindabyne, near the Koziosko
which should be beautiful this time of year.
Both Karina and
Robert have some flexibility in their work hours, and Robert can work from
home some days,
but basically they leave home before 8.30 am and finish work to be home by
6 pm. In early
May Karina will be starting back at work full time and will be in the office 3
4 days a week
and the rest working from home.
travelling and Karina has worked in Malaysia
for a year.
We will be
travelling again later this year for a holiday (with The Gemster) and hopefully
Au Pair too.
Imogen & David in Sydney
Our family consists of two
adults (mother and father) and four children. Our names are Imogen, David,
Ella, Eva, Piper and Finn. Ella is 8 years, Eva 5 years, Piper 3 years and Finn
is 14 months.
We are a happy, loving and
fun family and we have high expectations when it comes to each other’s manners,
behaviour and attitudes towards other people. We like our children to try and
consider the feelings of others.
We are a busy active family
and we spend lots of time together as well as with relatives and friends. We
like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. We like going to the beach,
swimming, visiting local parks and playing.
Ella and Eva attend a local
primary school and they both participate in extra curricula activities, inside
and outside of school hours. (swimming, netball, skipping, piano, ballet) Piper
and Finn spend most of their week at home with Piper attending pre-school, two
days/week. She does swimming, ballet and action sports. When the children are
in the home, we like them to be stimulated as much as possible and so our home
is filled with books, puzzles, building blocks and art materials for them to
play with. All of our children love to
play!! As a result they are imaginative, creative and they have developed good
skills at playing together and also independently. Also the two littlies enjoy
going for walks and visiting parks throughout the day.
I am a stay at home mum and
I devote most of my time looking after the children. I spend the rest of my
time going to the gym, running and playing tennis. Also I like to spend time
with family and friends.
David spends a lot of time overseas as our family business is there. When he is in Sydney, he enjoys taking over as much as
possible and he is an absolute godsend in helping look after the children. He
loves spending time with the children and he also loves to catch up with family
We spend most school
holidays overseas (the au pair normally plans some travel of her own during these
times), so the children have been very lucky to get to know another country and
culture. Sometimes we holiday within Australia too and normally we like
our au pair to join us when we do.
We have a lovely home with a
swimming pool. All our past au pairs have been more than happy with their
clean, bright and airy bedroom that looks out to the pool.
We encourage our au pairs to
socialise outside of the home as much as possible. We believe it is important
our au pair develops a network of friends to spend their free time with.
Mosman is a fantastic
community to live in as it is only 6km from the city (very popular with au pairs)
Mosman is close to Balmoral Beach, the zoo, cinemas, cafes and restaurants,
shops and boutiques, public transport, parks, walking tracks and bushwalks and
For the past four years we
have hosted three nannies and two au pairs. Each of them has brought something
unique and fabulous to our home and we have tried to give back as much as
possible to them to them. Each new girl that has entered our home has always
been accepted as part of our family and is made to feel welcome, valued and
accepted. We have been sad to see all our past girls leave our family and we
have remained in contact with all of them.
Critical Qualities of Au
-Lots of initiative
-Clean and tidy
Typical Duties assigned to
the AU Pair:
-Looking after the children
and their things (bedrooms, playroom, making breakfasts and lunches, bathing,
dressing and grooming)
-Playing with the children
(in the house and taking them for walks to the beach and park and also taking
them to the zoo etc)
-Laundry (Washing, ironing
and putting clothes away)
-Driving them to and from
school, activities and play dates
-Keeping the house organized
NB The above duties are done
as part of a team, as I am a stay at home mum. We share the duties EG Whilst
the au pair is organizing breakfasts and making lunches etc, I am tidying
bedrooms, making beds and getting clothes/uniforms ready for the day.
Generally we expect our au
pairs to be available to work Mondays to Fridays. Mondays are normally a full
day and the rest of the week is quite full too, but with more hours off
throughout the day. Start time is between 6am and 7am (as I often go for a run
in the morning) and finish time is around 5pm. Depending on what the day has in
store will depend on the au pairs hours. There are some days when the au pair
will only be required to work a few /day and then they can take the rest of the
day off. Generally speaking on most days
the au pair will get a few hours off, however the au pair needs to be flexible.
Weekends are generally free. Occasionally they will be asked to work, if we
have things on.
The estimated hours are
35-40/week. The au pairs pay rate is $7/hr and an approximate pay package each
week falls between $240-$340.
Federation with modern
Garden and BBQ area.
The accommodation for the Au
Pair is separate to the other bedrooms and is quite private. The au pair has
her own bathroom occasionally shared by the children. The au pair has Internet
Public transport is close by
and easy to use, however we are happy for our au pair to use a car now and