All Australian host families interested in hosting a childcare professional must fill out a host family application as the first step toward participation in the program. The host family application asks questions about them as a family – including information about their children, their specific childcare needs, and their family lifestyle. Once a host family is accepted into our program their application is shared with childcare professionals who are interested in learning more about them and their childcare requirements.
Below are some tips for completing the host family application:
- Tell Us About Your Family Give us a detailed overview of your family’s interests, personality, childcare needs, and requirements for your childcare professional. The more information you share, the better we will be able to match you with a suitable childcare professional. The “Dear Childcare Professional” letter is a great place to share information about your family.
- Share Your Special NeedsIf you have a child or children with special needs, be sure to provide detailed information about their diagnosis, condition, and any other needs that would be helpful for your childcare professional to know. It is important to be as clear as possible so that PROaupair and your potential childcare professional have a clear understanding of your family’s childcare needs.
- Post Family Photos It is important to include a variety of photos as part of your application. Photos are a great way to share your family’s personality, home, pets and other information about you to help your childcare professional get a better understanding of your life.
- Share a Sample Schedule What hours and schedule do you expect your childcare professional to work during their time with your family? While PROaupair’s childcare professionals work flexible hours, it is helpful for candidates to understand what a typical schedule of childcare might look like for your family.
Once you begin your application, our staff is happy to assist you should you have any questions or need help completing a particular section.