With schools' summer vacations just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start preparing your au pair for the changes the summer will bring. If you're a host family with school-aged children, there's a good possibility that your au pair's schedule will shift when the kids are on break from school. Communication is key during this transition. Plan a time to sit down with your au pair to discuss what the summer schedule will look like and how you can work together to make it a great one!
Here is a list of topics to discuss:
- Daily/weekly activities
- Camp schedules
- Family vacation schedules and expectations
- Au pair vacation time
- Weekend schedules
- Public holiday schedules for Memorial Weekend, July 4 and Labor Day
- Start and end times for au pairs and evening curfews
- Water and sun safety
- Play time and neighborhood rules
- Possible behavioral/attitude changes with your kids
- Summer reading lists and school assignments
Preparation for this change in schedules will benefit both you and your au pair. Au pairs should be looking forward to a fun and adventurous summer in the USA, and you can have the peace of mind that your children will continue to have quality one-on-one care at home.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Communicate, communicate, communicate!
- List out fun summertime activities to do
- Define and practice any new responsibilities
- Anticipate challenges and think of ways to manage them successfully
- Be flexible and available for your au pair
- Remember that changes in routine take some adjustment
We hope you have a fantastic summer with your family and au pair!
A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.