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Little Ones Specialist Au Pair and Au Pair Plus Service
Little Ones are specialists in providing Au Pairs to London families. With years of experiences in selecting and matching only the highest quality au pairs to our clients, we pride ourselves on our swift and reliable service.
The safety and comfort of our clients is our highest priority. That’s why all of our Au Pair candidates are screened, interviewed, and undergo a comprehensive background check. All candidates are met face to face in our London offices located in Fitzrovia and Kings Cross, to ensure we understand and get to know their skills and interests on a personal level.
We provide fantastic training schemes for all of our Au pair candidates, including a complete Paediatric First Aid Certification at our London office, to ensure your peace of mind.
Once our clients have been matched with an au pair, our service doesn’t stop there. All of our placements come with a six-month guarantee in accordance with terms and conditions. Our consultants are constantly on hand to answer any questions or help solve any problems when it comes to adapting to life with your new au pair, ensuring a seamless procedure.
What is an Au Pair and how much do they cost?
An au pair is a young domestic assistant from another country who lives and provides in-home child care service to a host family for a defined period of time. An au pair can work as many hours as you need and adapt to your family’s life style, and may work up to 35 hours a week.
As a live-in member of staff, an au pair takes on a share of the family's responsibility for child and home care, as well as some light housework.
It should be bared in mind that au pairs are generally young and with limited experience of the country they have come to. They are on a cultural exchange and should be provided time to attend language school by their host family.
It is required that you must provide your au pair their own room and preferably a private bathroom. For London families, travel cards for tubes and buses are generally provided. Meals are also expected to be provided by the host family.
Au pairs are generally paid between £100 to £150 per week. However, an au pair plus may have more extensive childcare experience, and will therefore require a higher weekly salary, £150 to £200 per week for up to 35 hours per week.
An au pair plus maintains the same duties as an au pair – living in the family’s home, taking a share of the family's responsibility for childcare as well as some light housework.
What is the difference between an Au Pair and a Live In Nanny?
An au pair is generally treated as a member of the family opposed to an employee, and usually stays from 6 months up to 1 year. Au pairs are responsible, kind, and eager to learn, but they are often young and learning themselves, opposed to a highly experienced, live-in nanny.
An au pair will expose the children to another culture and a second language, but is not expected to teach a language, an au pair is in a host family's home to learn English.
An au pair will not necessarily be seeking a professional career in child care or have previous experience, whereas Little Ones nannies have at least three years of childcare experience. Au pairs are generally more flexible and cheaper than a nanny, however they should not be given the sole charge of a child under three months old.
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Information about visa requirements is available from the UK visas and immigration departments.
Whether you need an au pair, a nanny or a housekeeper; Little Ones will provide you with a highly professional and personal service.