Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What are the responsibilities of an au pair?

Au pair helps the families with childcare and light housekeeping. Families should not even ask au pairs to clean their house, do parent's laundry, wash the windows of the house etc... In most Western countries, families usually have a cleaner who comes in once a week to clean the house.

Au pair is usually responsible for the children's laundry and light housekeeping. Light housekeeping is defined as keeping the house tidy. That is cleaning up after the children to me. Children make most the mess around the house. It is necessary to keep their toys off the floor when the parents are due back home from work. Noone wants to see or clean up after a long day's work. Parents usually take over the children when they arrive home and it is also curteous to keep the house in order.

Au pair does the children's laundry. Children change a lot of clothes especially if they are out playing all day. Small children also change clothes often, maybe several times a day.

Hoovering the children's rooms and play area is also considered light housekeeping and au pair is usually expected to do this task. This may be once a week or 2 times a week depending on the family and children.

Of course, besides light housekeeping au pair is expected to take care of the children like their parents would do. Follow the rules the parents establish. They usually tell the au pair what to do and how. This can make things even easier if the children have a regular schedule and activities to do.

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