Rules of Conduct
Rules of conduct for Au Pairs:
- Be honest about your health situation
- Be honest about your child care experience
- Treat your host family and their belongings with respect
- Be confidential with all information
- Being an Au Pair cannot be seen as a holiday opportunity or similar, it should be considered a job with responsibilities. Yes, you will have free time to explore and travel, but there’s a time for work and a time for play.
- Assume responsibility & loyalty.
- Before you decide, think twice: Explore advantages and disadvantages and request all information in advance. It is recommended that you exchange telephone calls and e-mails in order to get to know each other better. There are no stupid questions, please simply ask if you are not sure about something. You need to feel absolutely comfortable with the host family that you choose.
- Stick to your decision: Your decision is a compromise and an obligation. If you decide to go to a host family for a certain time, it is your responsibility to do so. A host family depends on you and excluded other potential Au Pairs for your benefit. When you have matched with a host family, it is a legal commitment from both sides for the full term of the placement.
- This is a commitment and you need to stay the full year.
Rules of conduct for host families:
- Offer a decent living space, a room that the Au Pair can live in.
- An Au Pair is mainly there to take care of the children, at other times they can help out with the household chores, but not the other way around.
- Treat the Au Pair as a family member
- Treat the Au Pair with respect and be patient
- Fix a weekly or monthly payday
- Help the Au Pair to open a bank account
- Make a weekly chart so that the Au Pair can organise her time off
- If the Au Pair needs to work more hours, please compensate her with extra pocket money or time off. (Only in countries where extra time is allowed!)
- Do not abuse the Au Pair, she is not cheap labour (this can be legally penalised)