The first days with an au pair
You have waited for a long time for the au pair to arrive. You have prepared everything for the au pair, and you probably have also thought a lot about what your life with an au pair will be like.
Information and tips for host families you find here!
Before the au pair arrives: checking the au pair room one the last time
Check the au pair room one last time before the au pair arrives. Does the bed have fresh sheets? Does it smell fresh? Is everything clean and organized? Are the closets empty? Does everything (TV, computer, radio) work? Are there enough towels in the bathroom? Did you get the au pair some bathroom essentials, such as tooth brush, tooth paste, soap and shampoo?
Your au pair will probably appreciate having some flowers in the room. If your children are old enough, you could ask them to draw a picture or make something special for the au pair. And last but not least, it would be a nice gesture if you wrote the au pair’s name on your mailbox or on the door bell.
Prepare a nice meal for the au pair’s first day . A typical dish from your region is probably a good idea. Just don’t expect too much from the au pair on the first day. The au pair will be exhausted after having left friends and family and after the long trip.
The first meal with the au pair
Showing the au pair the house and the au pair room
As soon as you arrive, you should introduce all of the family members to the au pair. Then, you can show the au pair the house and talk about the most important things. Finally, you should show the au pair the au pair room and leave their luggage there. Leave the au pair alone for a little while. Tell your au pair at what time and where you want to have the first meal together and offer the au pair the opportunity to take a shower. Your first meal together with the au pair is also your first opportunity to get to know each other. The au pair will probably be tired afterwards, and might want to go to bed.