To work with children in Australia you usually need to officially register and go through a screening process. This screening is administered at state level, so every state does this in a different way and calls it something slightly different. Working with Children Check (WWC) is the most commonly used term. But how do you register? How exactly do you get there?
There are as many ways to manage an au pair as there are hosts and au pairs. An au pair agency might give you a set of rules to follow, but this doesn't mean that these are benchmark or even make sense. It just comes down to what you and your au pair agree. Here is what other hosts think and do.
Have you ever heard of a family that started badly and then had the most wonderful au pair experience? We haven't. So far in our experience if it starts badly, it ends badly. So starting well is really important. But we all know that. The tricky bit is how to actually do it.
Au pair references - to check or not to check? Every host runs into this dilemma. Do I or don't? We stopped checking references a long time ago. Are we sure this is the right approach? Not at all. So we asked other families what they do. This is what they said.
Writing about male au pairs is tricky. Gender is a difficult topic. But the reality is that guys tend to find it tough finding an au pair family and many host families find it tough finding a female au pair. So connecting the two seems an obvious solution to this dilemma. We interviewed ten families who did just that. Here is what they said.
Being an au pair is not always perfect. Nothing ever is. But being an au pair can be almost perfect if you navigate the hurdles. To do that you need to know what hurdles are out there. So you can prepare and don't get thrown sideways when they pop up.
You are desperately looking for an au pair. A couple applies or two friends or two awesome candidates and you wonder, "Why not?" It sounds so wonderful. You start to dream of breathing again and getting things done. So you hire them. And then reality sinks in.