This first set of tips will outline what your responsibilities are as an au pair in Spain
1- Love kids
To be a good au pair in Spain, you have to love kids. Children are smart. They’ll know whether you like them or not. Parents will watch you closely as well to make sure you’re going to love their child.
2- Maturity and self confidence.
It’s important to be mature when you are an au pair in Spain. Be sure of yourself, and calm at all times. Self confidence will play a big role in how the children and parents react to you.
3- Treat it like a business
Parents will respect you more if you treat your au pair job like a business. Make sure you and the parents are clear on the wage that you expect. Tell them your plans for caring for their children.
4- Be adaptable
Chances are, you’ll be babysitting for a variety of different families. They will have different routines, rules and beliefs. You need to be able to adapt, and fit in with the family’s usual pattern or routines.
5- Stay calm
It’s important to stay calm, even in stressful situations. If you panic, the kids will too. It’s a good idea to review safety tips before each au pair jog, to prepare for any emergency situations, just in case you want to have a second job as au pair in Spain.
6- Learn CPR
It’s a great idea to learn CPR. You can usually certify for free at your local Red Cross. Being certified will also look really great on your au pair resume.
This next set of tips will discuss things that you can do to keep yourself and the kids safe while you work as au pair.
7- Lock doors and windows
Keep all the doors and windows locked while you are working as au pair. This is important not only to keep people out, but also keep the kids from going outside when they are not supposed to.
8- Put away anything dangerous.
Right after the parents leave, quickly go through the house and put away anything that may be dangerous. These can be things like cleaners , appliances, medications, and anything that could be a choking hazard.
9- Phone and door safety
When answering the phone, don’t tell strangers that you’re alone with children. If someone unexpected comes to the door, don’t answer it.
10- Never Leave them alone
This is an important rule. Never ever leave the children that you are caring alone. Accidents can happen in a split second. Even if they’re sleeping, check on them often.
11- Food Safety
If you’re preparing food for the kids, make sure to use safety precautions. When cooking, keep the kids away from the stove, and stay in the kitchen at all times. If you are tending toddlers, make sure to cup up their food well so that they don’t choke.
12- Call for help
Never be afraid to call for help while working as au pair in Spain, Spanish people is really kind and will be happy to help. If anything doesn’t feel right, or you are worried about children, call the parents. You can even call your own parents for any advice or questions you may have.
13- Outdoor safety
If the parents say it’s ok to go outside, make sure that you and the kids know all of the rules. Give the kids a clear idea of their boundaries, and make sure that you can see them at all times.
There are thousands of accidental drownings each year in Spain. If there’s a pool at the home where you work as au pair, make sure that there’s no way for the kids to access it.