Expectations of an Au Pair
The care of the Spanish homestay family is the main priority of each au pair and this we make sure is understood by each one applying. They also may be required to teach their native language to the Spanish homestay children.
The requirements of an au pair may include;
- Make children’s bed and keep their room clean
- Bathing and playing with children
- Helping children get dressed
- Waking and putting children to bed
- Make breakfast, lunch and/or dinner
- Mind the children in the event they get sick and are required to stay home from school or during the holidays
- Babysit children 2 to 3 times a week
- Launder children’s clothing and ironing their clothes
- Drive children to/from school
- Light housekeeping such as vacuum common areas
- Assist children with homework after school
- Take proactive opportunities to teach the homestay children your language naturally
The au pair’s main responsibility while in Spain will include teaching their native language to the children of the homestay family along with jobs in the home with relation to the children. This does NOT include heavy household cleaning (Eg. complete weekly housecleaning or weekly laundry/ironing). It is also not to be expected of the au pair to be the sole caretaker/housekeeper when parents are away for both business and/or personal travel. The parents will always be held responsible for the wellbeing of the children.
Au Pair in Spain recommends that Au Pairs not be left sole caretakers of children who are under 2 years of age with exception of those au pairs who have a childcare qualification or have had daily experience caring for babies/toddlers.