Typical schedule for Au Pairs:
Before going overseas, many Au Pairs wonder what their schedule will be like.
While every Au Pair will have a different schedule depending on the ages of the children they care for, the work schedules of the host parents, and various after-school activities, you can see a sample schedules below.
Usually, if you are in a family with school-aged children, you will have more free time during the day, and if your kids are not in school yet, you will be free more in the evenings.
Take a look at what one au pair’s typical day and week look like.
Karen is an au pair taking care of a 1-year-old boy, Benjamin, and an 8-year-old girl, Nolene. Both of Karen’s host parents, Linda and Theodore; work outside of the home from 8 a.m. – 17:00 p.m.
Below, you can see a typical day and a typical week for Karen.
Sample Daily Schedule:
|8:00 a.m||Eat breakfast with Benjamin and Nolene|
|8:20 a.m||Get Nolene ready for school|
|8:45 a.m||Drive Nolene to school|
|10:00 a.m||Play date with Benjamin|
|12:00 p.m||Eat lunch with Benjamin|
|14:00 a.m||Put Benjamin down for a nap|
|15:30 a.m||Pick Nolene up from school|
|16:00 p.m||Make Nolene a snack, help her with her homework|
|17:15 p.m||Host parents both arrive home|
|18:00 p.m||Dinner with the family|
|20:30 p.m||Meet with friends at a coffee shop|
Sample of an Au Pair’s weekly schedule:
|MONDAY||Make breakfast for kids, take Nolene to school, go on a play date with Benjamin||Make lunch, put Benjamin down for a nap, pick up Nolene from school, help Nolene with homework||Dinner with the family, go to Journalism class at the Community College|
|TUESDAY||Make breakfast for kids, take Nolene to school, take Benjamin to Tiny Tots||Make lunch, put Benjamin down for a nap, pick up Nolene and take her to soccer practice||Dinner with the family, do homework for Journalism class|
|WEDNESDAY||Make breakfast, take Nolene to school, take Benjamin to the baby gym||Make lunch, put Benjamin down for a nap, pick up Nolene and then take the kids to the park||Dinner, go to a cluster meeting at coffee shop|
|THURSDAY||Make breakfast, take Nolene to school, read and play with Benjamin||Make lunch, put Benjamin down for a nap, pick up Nolene, take the kids to the library for story time||Dinner with the family, go to the movies with some friends|
|FRIDAY||Make breakfast, take Nolene to school, arts & crafts with Benjamin||FREE TIME
Go to the gym
Meet with au pair friends and go to a concert downtown
Meet with some friends from school to go on a bike ride
Picnic with friends
Go to a neighbor’s house for a BBQ
Sunday brunch with the family
Go to the mall, run some errands
Watch TV and relax at home