How To Get A Working With Children Check

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?


Manage My Au Pair - Part I

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.


Manage My Au Pair - Part II

Like all relationships having an au pair is about giving plenty and taking enough. It is a fine balancing act that is not always easy. Here is how other hosts manage the soft fringes of au pairing.


My Au Pair Start Well

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.


My Au Pair Part Well

Every au pair experience has a start and a finish. How do you handle the end? What do you do when it is not working out? How do you set the stage for a new beginning? Here is what other hosts do.


To Check or Not To Check - Au Pair References

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.


7 Thoughts About Male Au Pairs

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.


12 Reasons to Become an Au Pair

We enjoyed our au pair experience. We had an awesome time and came home with memories we treasure. You should go out and give it a go. Here are 12 reasons why.


Read This Before You Become an Au Pair

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.


Why Hiring an Au Pair Couple is a Bad Idea

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.