JCR Au Pairs and Nannies helps you secure the best au pair for your family’s needs.
Opening your home to a person from the other side of the world can seem a little overwhelming at first. With JCR Au Pairs and Nannies there to support you at every turn, the idea of becoming a host family quickly becomes exciting – and a lot of fun.
We’ll answer these questions – and more you have along the way. We take the stress out of the process and do all the research and arrangements.
All our staff are mothers with children, so you can always be sure you are talking to someone in the same position – trying to juggle work, family and fun.
Au pair has become the general term used in most countries to mean a young person from overseas who lives with a family for a cultural working holiday experience, helping with childcare and light household duties, and receives full board and lodge (bedroom and meals), and weekly pocket money.
The word au pair comes from French meaning “on a par” or “on the same level”. The French refer to it as “jeune fille au pair” meaning “young girl as one of us”. However, she is not expected to be another child in the home but a responsible, reliable young adult. Au pairs must be included as a member of the family in all activities, just like a grownup sister or brother, not treated as hired help.
JCR au pairs have reference-checked childcare experience, such as babysitting/nannying, daycare or school placements, camp or activity co-ordinator, coach or tutor. Many have been planning their Australian au pair adventure for years and gaining relevant experience. Police and medical checks are standard, and most have First Aid training and an international driving permit.
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I’m so happy that I picked the agency JCR to work with on this adventure, you all have been so great and supportive and I would recommend your agency to anybody in a heartbeat 🙂 I will definitely be sending you all updates. – Elle, 20