Smartaupairs in Recent Media

For our normally blissfully quiet office, tucked away in Kent – having TWO media appearances within a week certainly brought a bit of excitement to our life!

Appearance on French TV 

We were approached by our French partner organisation to take part in a documentary which covers the exploitation of au pairs – and how using an agency like Smartaupairs/our French sending agency – can provide a safety net for all parties.

Our Hone host family and their au pair Oceane kindly agreed to take part in the documentary to represent what the program and experience is meant to be like.

You can watch the full documentary here – it is in French. Our family and office appearance is at the end from 16min onwards.

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/societe/video-cherche-jeune-fille-au-pair-et-plus-si-affinites_2456126.html

The Times 

 

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We also made an appearance in the Times newspaper whereby the au pair solution /smartaupairs was recommended as one way to delegate and thereby as a way to making the family life that little bit easier.

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Smartaupairs Au Pairs @ Wicked Musical

Last weekend, saw another fun smartaupairs au pair event take place in London.  This time it was the Wicked MUSICAL followed by a meal.

Here are some photos from the day –

Interested in becoming a smart host family or a smartaupair?

Just get in touch by e-mailing info@smartaupairs.com

Halloween Photo Competition

Here are the lovely entries of our Halloween competition! 🙂 Please vote for your favourite picture(s) with this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7PNN22X

Entry 1: Chloe – PHOTO COMPETITION WINNER!!!!

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Entry 2: Jana L.

 

Entry 3: Sarah

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Entry 4: Katja

Entry 5: Marlene

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Entry 6: Mayke

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Entry 7: Emilie

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Entry 8: Jana G.

Entry 9: Raphaela

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Smartaupairs Visits Thorpe Park

The weekend gone, Smartaupairs au pairs visited Thorpe Park – not going to lie, the queues were long but it was totally worth it we think 🙂

Here are some pics from the day!

BAPAA Welcome Event Photos

Wow, 500 au pairs! That is how many au pairs attended the Sunday gone in the London BAPAA Au Pair Welcome Event. The event brought together au pairs from many different BAPAA agencies for some fun activities, socialising and above all finding new friends.

Tuuli, Smartaupairs Director was the host for the day, joined by Simge and Gianna from Smartaupairs team and other helpers from seven other BAPAA agencies.

Here are some of our snaps from the day 🙂

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Au Pair in Britain Program Changes

***There are very important changes to the au pair in Britain program*** 

BAPAA, the British Au Pair Agencies Association, has confirmed new program guidelines in September 2017.

Smartaupairs is a BAPAA member agency and thereby, these changes are also applicable to our host families and au pairs who register with us for a new search. 

These changes are aimed to clarify & improve the au pair in Britain program to ensure we continue attracting the very best of the au pair applicants.

At smartaupairs, certain guidance points have been adapted to simplify the placement and weekly pocket money payment process for both families & au pairs.

A Summary of the Guidelines – Many of these points are long standing to Smartaupairs, however some guidelines have been further defined. 

– Minimum Pocket Money Guidelines: £85 for 25h, £100 for 30h (£115 for 35h). Higher pay applies for more experienced/native English speaking au pairs.
The above pocket money rates include a compulsory contribution towards local travel/language classes.
 
– Two Evenings of Babysitting (Monday-Friday) are included in this pocket money and in the au pair weekly hours.
Example: If you therefore require 30h/week – this will include the daytime on duty hours & babysitting hours. 

– Au pairs are entitled for 2 full free days a week – typically, Saturday & Sunday.  Any extra/weekend babysitting, is to be paid extra at £5/h for European au pairs and at £7/h for native English speaking au pairs. 
 
Light household duties continue to be limited to up to 1h/day.
 
– An End of Stay Bonus of one week’s pocket money is payable for au pairs who are staying for 6 months or longer – subject to completion of the full mutually agreed stay.
– The title au pair to be only recognised by BAPAA for roles which require up to 30h/help per week – higher hours roles are no longer being recognised as part of the traditional au pair programme. The term au pair plus is therefore no longer recognised by BAPAA.
If you have any queries regarding the above guidelines, just let us know and we are happy to help!
E-mail: info@smartaupairs.com
Call: 03301119266
Please visit the BAPAA website for further information – http://bapaa.org.uk/host-families/what-is-an-au-pair/

Smartaupairs Coffee Meetup Photos

With sooo many au pairs arriving in autumn, we have been busy organising events pretty much every weekend!!

Here are some photos from our last two coffee meetups in London 🙂

Are you a smartaupairs au pair and missed one of these meetups? Don’t worry, we continue organising events on a monthly basis so keep an eye on our Facebook group & mailouts! We’ve got theatre, theme park, and a trip to Cambridge  in plans!