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PA | Au pairs

What is a PA|Au pair?

For those clients that employ afternoon au pairs, have you ever noticed how your friends with professional nannies and infant care specialist staff tend to attract a slightly higher caliber of staff, generally more mature, experienced and educated and they tend to stick with a family for years as the children grow up? Ever wondered why the afternoon role you are offering doesn't tend to appeal to the same type of candidate or find that you are going through staff quite regularly when taking on younger student au pairs to fulfill your afternoon childcare requirements? Are you simultaneously struggling to balance your personal errands, filing, diary and email? Do you need assistance to do the shopping in the mornings, prepare meals for the family, lunches, dry cleaning, tracking the pantry inventory, managing the house staff and other errands?

Sitters4U offers a unique solution. Many of our au pair staff have experience in a corporate environment, as personal assistants, in administrative roles, accounts, and other corporate roles, many hold business based tertiary educations and degrees. Often we have candidates having completed a business degree, who did babysitting during their studies to support themselves, saying that after all the studying, having tried their hand in a corporate environment, while they may not be ready for their own family, they weren't happy in the corporate world and would prefer working in a private home, with the energy to care for your children and the knowledge to care for your administrative needs as well.

This type of role is normally a full time one, with the contracted PA|Au pair providing PA and administrative services in the mornings and fulfilling an au pair role in the afternoon. When offering this type of role, not only do you attract a more mature, experienced and educated candidates and they are far more likely to stay and grow with you and your family through the years. 

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Minimum Requirements for PA | Au pairs

Our PA|Au pairs  have:

  • Experience and References: At least 1 year’s child care experience with contactable references other than friends or family, most have 3 to 10 years of experience or more. An additional 2 years of administrative or PA experience.
  • Vehicles: Their own vehicles and driver’s licenses. 
  • Education: A minimum of an NQF5 (tertiary level education of a certificate level or higher), most have a University or childcare related tertiary education.
  • Personality: We prefer working with au pairs who are dedicated, organised, friendly, energetic, creative, patient, active and caring.
  • First Aid: Either have completed a SETA approved first aid course or that they sign up for a course when joining our team.
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How do we screen our PA | Au pairs?

  • PA|Au pairs are personally interviewed by a trained Sitters4U Recruiter.
  • Applying applicants submit copies of ID, drivers license, proof of address, first aid, matric or higher certification and criminal clearance which are checked.
  • Typing speed and other tests are performed to ensure capability and acumen.
  • References are checked by a Sitters4U recruiter or representative.
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What does an PA|Au pair earn?

Salaries are dependent on the experience and education level of the au pair and your families requirements; if traveling is required, the number and age of children requiring care, the duties required, number of hours and shifts per week etc. These candidates generally work full day.

  • Full day: From 6 hours upwards per day: R 12 000 to R 35 000 per month.

What are the duties of an PA | Au pair?

An au pair usually works in the afternoons and may do extra babysitting or adhoc childcare for her/his employers from time to time. In this section we look mainly at the duties of an au pair caring for school aged children.

PA duties may include:

  • Typing, compiling and preparing reports, presentations and correspondence
  • Acting as a first point of contact: dealing with correspondence and phone calls
  • Email management and response
  • Diary management
  • Shopping
  • Organising events and conferences
  • Booking and arranging travel, transport and accommodation
  • Laundry collection
  • Running Errands
  • Taking minutes
  • Managing house staff and duties
  • Collating and filing expenses
  • Implementing and maintaining procedures/administrative systems

Au pair based duties may include:

  • Provide lifting to school, picking up and dropping off the children at school, outings, lifting to extra murals, doctor’s appointments and play dates.
  • Preparation of snacks, lunch or dinner.
  • Teach personal hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Bathing of the child/children (applicable to children aged up to 8 years old), running a bath or supervising showers for older children.
  • Communicating with teachers in order to ensure that the child/children's work is up to date, checking that homework is being covered and ensuring the child's schoolwork is up to date. Assisting with homework, projects, research and teaching the child to study, preparing for exams.
  • Providing emotional support and guidance.
  • Assisting the child/children to clean up their rooms, study areas and cleaning up/washing dishes after meals.
  • Keeping records of the days activities, meals served and observe and monitor a child’s development for  signs of emotional or developmental problems and bringing them to parent’s or guardian’s attention.
  • Creation, management and implementation of a child’s schedule including planning age appropriate, stimulating recreational activities, eating times and sleeping times.
  • To work with this age group you should be able to have fun and learn with the child while assisting the child to excel in whatever activities and studies they may partake in.
  • You need to be able to set boundaries and provide constant guidance and truly enjoy yourself at the same time. You should be organised and should not become easily stressed.
*If your children are below the age of 5 years old, please review the duties that may be expected for the care of children under 5 years old here.
 

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