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Au Pairs at Little Sunshines Agency

At Little Sunshines Au Pair Agency we are able to assist your family with placing an experienced, reliable, dedicated and responsible au pair who is able to commit. We assist with au pairs being placed in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. Below is information in relation to au pairs which we highly recommend that you read through.

What is an Au Pair:

An Au Pair (in South Africa) is considered someone who:

  • looks after children in the home
  • works with babies, toddlers and children
  • generally stays with a family for 1 to 2 years – more if you are lucky!
  • assists with homework, school projects etc.
  • transports children around to extra murals etc.
  • runs errands like collecting the post, grocery shopping etc.
  • cooks meals for the children and sometimes the family dinner
  • does not do any domestic duties
  • is generally between the ages of 20 to 30
  • generally has 1 to 3 years of child care experience
  • generally has a matric qualification
  • sometimes has done a first aid course
  • sometimes has completed a childcare course
  • sometimes is studying towards a degree / diploma
  • sometimes has teaching experience
  • has a teaching degree, though this is rare
  • has a valid drivers license
  • has their own roadworthy vehicle
  • does not wear a uniform
  • does not generally live-in though some do
  • generally works Monday to Friday and babysits on occasion over the weekend
  • is reimbursed by the family for petrol
  • who earns overtime but only does overtime on occasion
  • liaises with the school and teachers about the child’s progress and reports back to the parents

Au Pair Salaries:
The following is a guideline of suggested au pair salaries for families who are looking to employ an Au Pair.

JUNIOR Level Au Pair:
A JUNIOR LEVEL au pair who is someone who generally has between 6 months to 1 year au pair experience and someone who does not have formal experience LOOKING AFTER BABIES AND TODDLERS as an au pair. She generally only has experience with children who are aged 4 and over. A junior level au pair does not have any child care qualifications, nor first aid experience and she is generally between the ages of 18 and 22. She would have a car and a valid drivers license. She would be capable of looking after children aged 4 or over, however in a role simply as someone who drives the children around, supervises them in the afternoon and who does basic homework supervision. A junior level au pair could realistically be expected to stay with a family for about 1 year at most.

PROFESSIONAL / SENIOR Level Au Pair:
A SENIOR LEVEL au pair is someone who has 2 years or more of au pair experience, who is generally over the age of 25, who has formal experience with children of ALL ages i.e. babies, toddlers and children aged 4 and older. She would generally have completed a first aid course and a child care course OR teaching diploma / degree and / or have teaching experience. She would be capable of looking after children of any ages as well, she would run errands, drive the children around, take them to Dr’s appointments, supervise homework as well as assist with revision and test preparation, stimulate the children on a mental and physical level as well as tend to the overall emotional, developmental and psychological well-being of the children in her care. She is well-versed in managing routine and structure as well as maintaining boundaries and she knows how to act within a home environment as an employee, without overstepping but maintaining a professional relationship with the employer whilst having a nurturing and loving relationship with the children in her care. She is able to communicate with teachers with regards to the children and to report back to the parents in terms of the children. A professional / senior level au pair is generally seeking a long term commitment with the family of at least 1 year or more.

LIVE-IN Au Pair:
Generally only SENIOR LEVEL au pairs are able to LIVE-IN as they have “dedicated” their career to childcare and are thus geared to having a lifestyle that accommodates them being a live-in au pair i.e they are not mothers or wives themselves etc. Live-In au pairs are generally available as and when the family requires and are therefore considered to be ‘full time” au pairs, generally working full day Monday to Friday and a few hours on the weekend. They would have their own bedroom and bathroom either within the house, or as a separate flatlet / cottage. Live-in au pairs are not night nurses and therefore do not generally do “midnight duties” however sometimes families come to agreements whereby the live-in au pair would assist with “midnight duties” 2 to 3 times per week. A live-in au pair is ideally suited to parents who are on-call doctors, parents who travel frequently with or without their children, senior level corporate working moms who have long corporate hours, diplomats, ministers of state etc. The more hours the au pair is required to work on weekends and in the evenings, as well as the more qualifications and experience she has, the higher the salary. The fact that she is a live-in au pair does not mean that she earns less, as a true-live-in au pair works a lot more hours than a live-out au pair. She is generally available to the family 24/7. Imagine “Mary Poppins” and you will have a good idea as to what a live-in au pair in this industry truly is.

Live-Out – Junior Level – afternoons – R5 000 to R7 000 per month
Live-Out – Senior Level – mornings – R6 000 to R8 000 per month
Live-Out – Senior Level – afternoons – R7 500 to R10 500 per month
Live-Out – Mid Level – full day – R10 000 to R11 000 per month
Live-Out – Senior Level – full day – R12 000 to R16 000 per month
Live-In – Senior Level – full day – R15 000 to R20 000 per month

  • Petrol reimbursement at AA Rates per km travelled would be in addition to the salary (not to and from work). If you are providing a vehicle for the candidate to use during working hours then you would not have to reimburse the candidate per km indicated above.
  • If you want someone 25+ and / or with teaching experience and /or a teaching degree or diploma for a half day OR full day position, then you would need to look at SENIOR level salaries.
  • If you require an au pair for a shorter week, or on Saturdays / Sundays or for varied hours per week, simply contact us and we will gladly assist you with working out what the salary should be. We love to hear from our families!

PLEASE NOTE:
It is becoming near to impossible to find GOOD au pairs and tutors to work for less than 3 hours per day (R5000 per month) owing to ever increasing living expenses. Those that do work for less often end up resigning after a few months due to financial constraints or finding a position elsewhere that offers a higher salary. Salaries can be dropped according to skills, type of candidate etc. however the above is a good estimate for a GOOD Au Pair.

Little Sunshines likes to think that an Au Pair is there to provide your children with the stimulation, fun, care and security that you the parent provide when you are with them. No one would ever be able to replace the role that a parent plays, however during the parent’s absence we believe it is vital that the child is properly cared for by a person that both the parents and the child feel comfortable and confident with.

Please note that Au Pair salaries are payable directly from the Family to the Au Pair. The Family only pays the once-off placement fee to Little Sunshines Au Pair Agency.

Over the years many people have asked us what is an Au Pair and what would a typical Au Pair Job Function entail? Our response to this is…

In essence we believe an Au Pair is primarily there to look after the children and be the responsible adult while the parents are not present. An Au Pair is there to foster relationships with the children she looks after and most importantly to provide a safe and loving environment where the children feel secure and where life is as predictable as possible, being governed by routine and structure.

In terms of an Au Pair’s job function “a day in the life of an Au Pair” can include, but not be limited to:

Full Day Au Pair Job Functions

  • Take little ones to morning extra mural activities
  • Assist with administration tasks in the home / home-office / office i.e. PA duties
  • Prepare lunch for the children
  • Collect the children from school
  • Give them an afternoon snack
  • Supervise their homework
  • Take them to Extra Murals
  • Assist them with school projects, essays, speeches, exam revision etc.
  • Play with the children and provide stimulating activities
  • Pack lunch boxes and school bags for the next day
  • Bath the children
  • Cook dinner for the children and/or family
  • Attend various school functions
  • Run errands
  • Do grocery shopping
  • Do babysitting in the evenings and weekends
  • Go on holidays with the Family when required
  • Work in December until around the 16th / 20th and to return to work around the 7th of January

Half Day Au Pair Job Functions

  • Collect the children from school
  • Give them an afternoon snack
  • Supervise their homework
  • Take them to Extra Murals
  • Assist them with school projects
  • Play with the children and provide stimulating activities
  • Pack lunch boxes and school bags for the next day
  • Bath the children
  • Cook dinner for the children and/or family
  • Attending various school functions
  • Run errands
  • Do grocery shopping
  • Do babysitting in the evenings and weekends
  • Go on holidays with the Family when required
  • Work in December until around the 16th / 20th and to return to work around the 7th of January

The above depends largely on the family that the Au Pair is going to work for, and these job functions will vary from family to family based on their needs and home environment.

Things an Au Pair Should NOT Do:

  • Smoking
  • Chatting on the cell phone
  • Texting
  • Checking out their Social Media
  • Reading their emails
  • Watching TV
  • Reading Magazines
  • Sitting on the couch watching the children play

This is, off course, our view in terms of what an Au Pair is. However if there is one thing that we have learnt over the years, it is that every family is different and every family has a unique set of requirements. It is therefore our duty to help our families find an Au Pair that matches their particular job specifications and family dynamics as closely as possible.

“Upon Electing to Use Our Services…”

Upon electing to use our services , we will send you an Interview & Information Guide which contains the following information:

  • Proposed questions for your interviews with prospective au pairs, tutors, governesses, home school teachers or school facilitators
  • Guidelines on employing a candidate in terms of South African labour law
  • Guidelines on dealing with employee performance related issues in terms of South African labour law
  • Tips on how to maintain a long-lasting relationship with your new au pair, tutor, governess, home school teacher or school facilitator
Simply Contact Us for Further Assistance!

If you wish to have direct human contact please call 063 742 7122 for further assistance

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We place the following types of positions:
Tutors
Au Pairs
Governesses
Child Minders
School Facilitators
Home School Teachers

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