Check how many hours per week an au pair is legally allowed to work in your country. You should make use of this time wisely. Talk with your au pair about the tasks you have in mind. It is best to do this as soon as possible after arrival so the au pair knows what to expect. We recommend creating a weekly plan for the au pair.
A weekly plan gives your family and the au pair a set structure and both sides can plan ahead. You can download a template for a weekly plan HERE . In this template you will find a to-do section where you can enter small tasks as well, so nothing will be forgotten. Put the weekly plan for the au pair in a place where everybody can see it so everybody is up to date.
If you have to travel a lot for your job it is possible that you won’t always have the time to call the au pair about sudden changes in the weekly plan. In these cases we recommend using Google Calendar. There, you can also enter your au pair’s cell phone number with an automatic reminder function. The au pair will then automatically receive a text message on the cell phone as a task reminder, or if there are any changes in the weekly plan.
In order to share the calendar with your au pair, you have to invite the au pair to join the Google Calendar you set up via email. This way, your au pair can look up everything online, or on a smartphone if available. However, in order to use this application, you all need to have a Google account. You could set up an email account like the following: aupair-fam-(your last name)@gmail.com.