Au Pair Jobs in South Africa
At Little Sunshines Au Pair Agency we have a variety of Au Pair Jobs with new positions coming in DAILY! Below is some information on what an au pair job entails and how to apply with our agency.
In order to apply for our Au Pair Jobs you would need to meet the following criteria:
- A minimum of 1 year Au Pair, Tutor or Teaching experience
- Your own car
- A VALID Drivers License
- A passion for being in the company of children, even when they have their “bad” days
- Knowledge of what is required in terms of being an au pair
Please remember that each au pair job is different, and each family has their own set of unique requirements. We therefore ensure that when we send our candidates for various au pair jobs, you match the family’s requirements and they match yours!
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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 50
- 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
- sometimes has a teaching degree
- 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 au pair jobs, according to the candidate’s experience, qualifications, skill set, driving experience, age etc.
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