Why choose a local au pair agency?
host families who first embark on the journey of hosting au pairs look for an
au pair agency local to them as they feel safe and comfortable in the knowledge
that there is assistance nearby.
many au pair agencies were run by ‘host mums’ as a hobby. In today’s tougher
climates however, it pays to use a professional expert agency with a solid
network of partners in Europe to supply vetted
candidates and the ability to put your au pair in touch with others
nearby to make friends and settle in.
We are a trusted
agency with expert knowledge about au pair placements. We are
considered a London
and South East specialist eventhough we support au pair placements
au pair agency versus professionalism
au pair agency is members of the International Au Pair Agencies Association,
IAPA and the British Au pair Agencies Association and in fact, Nicole Kofkin,
the MD is on the board of BAPAA and actively involved in the constantly
changing International au pair industry. She is also on the committee of ECAPS,
the European Committee of Au Pair Standards, funded by IAPA the International
Au Pair Agencies Association.
is the au pair agency based?
is an au pair agency based in England,
so we have knowledge of the destination and understand the local culture. Our
office is in Kent,
in the village of Charing near Ashford
We have lots of host families in/near Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Maidstone,
Bromley, Bexley, Beckenham, Sevenoaks, all very popular as they have such easy
access to Central
London by train.
about au pair placements in other locations?
place au pairs all over England
and we are considered a specialist for the South East of England – about half
of our host families are based in or near London
and Greater London. Very popular au pair areas are Wimbledon, Battersea,
Clapham, Wandsworth, Fulham, Twickenham, Putney, Richmond
and we have a few host families in Chelsea and Kensington. We often find that
once we have one host family in an area, they are often so impressed by our
service, they tell their friends and then we usually have a few host families
in the same area or from the same school for example. This is ideal because the
au pairs immediately have a network of friends and a happy au pair is an au
pair who will stay.
the au pair is live-in childcare, we often find that certain areas of London
are more usual for au pair placement due to the size of the homes. The large
family homes where an au pair can have her own bedroom are usually in the areas
close to but not right in the heart of the city.
also have a number of other very popular locations for au pairs, where over the
years we have gained many host families through recommendations. The most
popular cities are Cambridge,
Bournemouth, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton due to the fact that
there are lots of young people there from all over the world due to University
and language courses.
host families come to us from commuter areas, up to an hour or so from their
work location in London, this means Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Essex,
have a number of host families in High Wycombe, Reading, Windsor, Guildford.
makes a popular au pair location?
au pairs put on their application form that they prefer to be based in London.
It is often the only city that they know by name and they may have been there
before on a school trip or weekend break with their parents or even just seen
it on TV. When the au pair agency in their own country explains to them that
many families live close to London,
allowing them to visit at weekends and go sightseeing they are usually fine
with this suggestion.
an au pair to be happy, she needs to generally have social interaction. If you
live in a town/city, walking distance from language schools, parks, cafes etc.
your au pair will find it very easy to meet up with other young people, make
friends and practise her English skills. If you live in a village and you know
other host families, it can equally be easy, especially if there are good
transport links into nearby towns or your au pair has access to a car.
How can your au pair meet others nearby?
addition to introductions through language classes and local connections from
your host family, Smartaupairs are part of an online ‘find a friend’ website www.aupair2aupair.com, which is safely
shared between BAPAA members and the ideal way to find other au pairs in your
would we not place an au pair?
do not place au pairs in remote locations where there is no access to language
courses. Our experience has been that the au pair, even with the best
intentions from the host family and the au pair candidate, finds it hard to
make the most of their cultural experience, simply as there are no ways of
meeting enough other people. We have however been able to place au pair couples
successfully with families who live remotely but it is not really part of our
core program as this is not truly a cultural exchange.
are also hesitant to place in locations in Wales
and in the Channel
Islands due to past experiences of au
pairs finding it hard to get in touch with other young people. For placements
we now work together with specialist BAPAA agency to ensure that the au pair
has a network of friends and regular activities to take part in.