How to Use Au Pairs London for a Better Family Life

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A busy London or London area family can benefit greatly from the addition of an au pair to the home. Choosing the right au pair agency ensures that your family is matched with the perfect au pair for your lifestyle and temperaments – and also that you have enough backup from your au pairs London agency to manage the transition period.

Introducing a stranger into your family home with the specific intention of providing help with basic childcare is inevitably a stressful event. The parents want to be sure that their children are receiving exemplary care. The children are naturally suspicious or nervous of a stranger coming in to help look after them. And the au pair can be extremely nervous, particularly if this is his or her first time in a different country.

A competent au pair agency is able to manage this in several ways. The ways in which your au pairs London agency chooses to manage this transition give you the best clues as to how to use your au pair for a better life. The first thing you need to do is pick the right au pair. Use an agency with membership of IAPA (the International Au Pair Association) and you will increase your chances of finding the right au pair by orders of magnitude. That’s because the IAPA connects all of its agencies: so when you apply to your agency for an au pair, it will be able to go outside of its own books and take the best looking candidates from any member agencies’ books it feels are appropriate.

Make sure that your au pairs London agency is also able to offer you and the au pair a proper transitional period, in which you can meet with him or her on neutral terms. The best agencies will arrange for a contact visit, or series of contact visits – the purpose of which is to get the au pair, and your family, used to each other before any binding agreement is made. Once both sides of the arrangement are happy that they are making the right decision, the au pair commences his or her employment in your service.

Once you have chosen and employed an au pair, follow a few simple rules to make him or her feel at home. Provide the au pair with a child free neutral space in which to relax – and if possible make him or her feel welcome to use the lounge and other communal areas of your home when he or she is not working. Happy and comfortable au pairs London are good au pairs and can be a great addition to your home.

Remember that the au pair is a young person away from home, possibly for the first time. Make sure that he or she has traditional socialising hours free to make his or her own friends. Any childcare to be done on a Friday night or Saturday should be pre arranged well in advance.

If you run into any difficulties, always use your au pair agency as a mediator. The au pair and you will both feel more comfortable with a professional intermediary handling issues.


BusyBee Aupairs, well known Au Pair Agency London offers personalised service. Good au pairs London can be a great addition to your home.

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