A Founding member of Capaa
(Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia)
An Au Pair is a young person (male or female) from overseas who comes to live in with a host family as part of a cultural exchange program.
An Au pair assists the host family with care of their children and light housekeeping duties, whilst increasing their English language skills and being immersed in Australian family life.
An Au Pair typically receives room, board (three standard meals a day) and weekly ‘pocket money’ in accordance with Capaa guidelines. In Australia Au Pairs usually stay with their host family for approximately six months.
A Demi Pair typically assists the family 15 hours a week outside of their allocated study hours. (With at least one full day off per week). In return your host family will provide a room and full board (three meals a day) 7 days a week and $80 pocket money to assist with expenses.
Duties may include light housework, some cooking and childcare. Being that “extra pair of hands” is what it is all about.
Extra hours may be agreed upon with your individual family, however you can expect to receive pocket money of A$12/hour for every hour you help beyond the required 15 hours each week.
A Nanny is a person who provides sole charge childcare within the family’s home, this can be on a casual or permanent basis. Nannies can be either live in or live out.
A Nanny’s primary role is to take care of the children and maintain their daily routine. They are responsible for all tasks related to the care of the child/ren providing a safe, healthy, fun and educational environment and activities.
Nannies today are often used in place of daycare, because they can be more cost effective and suit families who work hours outside of 9-5 roles.
A babysitter can help a family out on a more short-term casual basis e.g. a few hours during the day or evening or perhaps school drop offs & pickups. They are paid an hourly rate. They may be a student, a mum or a mature person.
Similar to our Au pair and Demi Pairs, our Elderly companions are not qualified or trained carers but have some experience with their own family or grandparents and may wish to work in the aged care industry in the future.
Please note as this is a new program wait lists may apply.
In addition to their home help duties, the role of an elderly companion is to provide emotional support and companionship. It is to encourage their hosts to live as independently as possible and be an active member of the family such as a daughter/granddaughter, talking to them, playing board games, going for walks etc.
Australian families are becoming more familiar with European in-home care of Nanny’s/Au Pairs/Demi pairs and Elderly companions, as it is a more convenient and an economic alternative to childcare and help around the home, in a society that no longer has the ‘extended family’ living next door to rely on.