Every family has unique childcare needs – as well as a particular schedule that works best for their family. One of the main benefits of PROaupair’s professional au pair program is that au pairs can work a flexible schedule. This ensures that our host families get the care they need, when they need it.
PROaupair’s professional au pairs can be scheduled to work up to 45 hours per week with flexible hours that accommodates a family’s specific needs. Host families are encouraged to discuss work hours and duties during the interview process. PROaupair recommends that host families provide their au pair with a written weekly schedule so everyone is clear on responsibilities. When preparing the weekly schedule, host families should keep the following in mind:
- Work hours may not exceed 10 hours per day or 45 hours per week
- Au pairs are entitled to 1.5 days off per week and one full weekend off per month (Friday evening to Monday morning)
- Au pairs are entitled to four weeks of paid leave during their 12 month engagement
Childcare responsibilities vary from family to family and are influenced by the child’s age, abilities and specific needs. Regardless of age, au pairs responsibilities should focus on childcare and childcare-related tasks. In addition, a professional au pair should complement and not replace the services of other care or education providers such as therapist or teachers.