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  • Writer's pictureGrace Dunioh

Who is an Aupair?

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

Dear Aupair Match UK: Who is an Aupair?

Hello Cynthia, I was thrilled to receive your email from Lagos. How is it over there? I heard the sunshine is intense, I wish I could experience some intense sunshine for a little bit too.

In your mail you said you recently discovered the concept of Aupair, you asked who an Aupair is and what are their duties or responsibilities?

Parenting is difficult to juggle with work in busy modern life, couples are looking for someone trustworthy to take care of their kids. You may have an idea what a nanny does.

An Aupair is different from a nanny, an Aupair is a young person from another country who has decided to live with a family in the country they are visiting as a member of that family. While living with a Host family, an Aupair is expected to perform childcare duties in return for accommodation, free meals, pocket money and cultural exchange.

If you or any other Nigerian student decides to study in the UK, AupairMatchUK is an Aupair agency in the UK. We are a bespoke family and Aupair matching service with a speciality in helping you find a host family that suits your accommodation needs while you meet their childcare needs. In other words, Aupair Match UK will match you to a family where you become a big sister to the child (ren). Find out more information about applying for a student visa here

There are some basic facts about Aupairs:

  1. An Aupair is not a trained person like nannies.

  2. International students between the age of 18 -30 become Aupairs.

  3. It is affordable for families to solve their childcare needs and get their routine house chores done in exchange for pocket money.

  4. Aupair may be full-time or part-time.

The duties and responsibilities of an Aupair are multi-faceted. It depends on your family requirements or needs. Here are some typical Aupair responsibilities:

I. Child Care:

  • Wake up the kids in the morning.

  • Bath the infants and toddlers.

  • Take care of their bags, toys and other belonging.

  • Cook for children and help them in taking their meals.

  • Move children to bed and let them sleep.

II. Playing:

  • Make playroom prepared for children.

  • Play with children.

  • Make sure the playroom is clean.

III. Hospitality:

  • Stay with children if they are sick.

  • Spend holidays with children when parents are out.

  • Stay with the children and take care of their medicine when the children are ill or on holiday.

IV. Miscellaneous duties:

  • Drive school children to school and then bring them back.

  • Help children with homework.

  • Prepare snacks for children.

  • Any other task you are assigned.

Host families make arrangements for Aupairs, they give Aupairs enough time to study, weekly pocket money and taking care of their meals are the responsibility of the family. Find more information here about the governing laws of being an Aupair in the UK.

Being an Aupair is a mutually beneficial relationship, host families enjoy having a caretaker for their kid(s) which is usually more affordable and convenient than nannies or daycare. While Aupairs enjoy all the benefits of living with a family such as financial and emotional support, cultural exchange, accommodation and free meals.

Dear Cynthia, I hope you have a better understanding of who an Aupair is. I am willing to walk you through the process if you decide to follow this path.

Signing out now, peace!

I hope you had a good read through and if not enjoyed it, at least found it useful.

If you are interested in knowing more about being an Aupair from Nigeria, or Aupair job vacancies in the UK, or you are already an Aupair and have good advice to give other Aupairs, you are warmly invited to join our community.

Just as well, if you are a parent who would like to host an Aupair from Nigeria, or find out about Aupairs available in your local community, or just get some moral support from other families, please join our community:

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