Au pairs are required to work between 20 – 30 hours per week. Their duties should include light housework e.g. laundry and ironing, school runs, shopping, preparing simple meals, assisting with the children, walking pets and generally being an extra pair of hands. There is always at least one free day and time to attend school if you wish. Au pairs have normally some experience in childcare, e.g. babysitting, but no formal training. Au pairs should be treated as part of the family.
The requirements for each country vary slightly but generally speaking the above information is correct. Pocket money also varies from country to country.
Mothers Helps will be expected to carry out similar duties to au-pairs but work longer hours and receive a higher salary. Families requiring mothers helps are normally for families where both parents are working and who are capable of taking sole charge of the children and home. Daily duties will include light housework, laundry & ironing, keeping the house neat and tidy, cooking for the children, grocery shopping, taking to school and any after school activities required. Babysitting will be 2/3 evenings per week. This is a full time position. Usually weekends are free. These positions are available to girls with excellent child care experience although they do not need to have formal training.These are live-in positions.
A nanny should have completed a formal child care course backed up by certificates and excellent references. These positions are normally sole charge but please note that when working in Australia and working in New Zealand many children are in creche situations and sole charge is not always possible. This is a full time position Monday – Friday. Salary depends on experience and qualification. Weekends are normally free. Nannies will be expected to interact with the children on all levels taking control of their day to day routine. Nannies may be asked to do very light household duties but should expect to carry out all nursery duties on a daily basis. Driving is essential. These are live-in positions.
Families will not accept smokers. Driving is normally essential for mothers helps and nannies. Most families prefer long term placements and a six month commitment is normally necessary. However, for au-pairs, our agents try to find positions for 3-4 months where possible.
For working in Australia January – June are the best times to apply.
The cost of the flight and any visa application is paid for by the applicant.
Placements for working in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria and Holland are normally pre-matched and applicants are met at the airports by the families.
For working in Australia and working in New Zealand applicants can choose between pre-matched or interviews once they arrive and are staying in a selected hostel. All girls applying for these countries must obtain a Working Holiday Visa at their own cost. Present costing for this is £70.00.
We obviously recommend that all applicants obtain travel insurance.
Our placement fee is £250.00, £50.00 to be paid when you apply and this is non-refundable. We will require the balance of £200 when your placement is confirmed (for working in Australia & working in New Zealand). For European placements £100 will be due.
Please send cheques to Montrose Agency International Ltd.
PO Box 230
Middx HA8 8WN
Once we have your completed application form and file we will send it to our partner agents in the country of your choice. They will match up a family as close to your requirements as possible and we will send these job descriptions to you. Once you decide you are interested in any of the families we will arrange a phone interview so that you can get a feel for the family. If you and the family are happy with this call you will be able to e-mail or phone each other as many times as you wish until details are confirmed. Normally one job description is sent at a time but you are not obligated to accept the first family you are offered.
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