Smartaupairs Introduction Day 2014

A BIG thank you to all the au pairs who joined us yesterday for the annual au pair introduction day. A record number of 130 au pairs attended.

Here are some pictures from the day!

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After initial presentations by SmartAupairs team and guest speakers, the au pairs were taking part in group activities.

We would also like to say a special thank you to the guest speakers who joined us on the day:

Emma Dewey

Emma is an Early Years Childcare specialist and trainer with over 10 years’ experience working in Charities, Children’s Centres and Local Authorities throughout London.

http://babyem.co.uk/

Her company, Babyem offers a number of childcare courses, and in particular the following are useful for the au pairs:

  • OCN Common Core Skills & Knowledge Training
  • Paediatric First Aid Course
  • OCN Food and Nutrition

Tom from the Richmond English School

Tom is the director at the Richmond English School – the school offers au pair friendly language classes in South West of London  http://richmondes.com/

OZ from the International Friends tours

Oz is one of the tour guides at International Friends Tours. The company offers affordable, guided city breaks and small group tours and day trips from London. Our au pairs also receive a discount!

http://www.internationalfriends.co.uk/

To find your au pair – please visit http://www.smartaupairs.com/

Families in Australia, please visit: http://www.smartaupairs.com.au/

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September 2011 Start English Courses as Eurocentres Language school

 

Part-time Courses at Eurocentres: next term Tuesday 13th September 2011

(students can start at any time) 

Easiest way to enrol is for students to just go to the school when they arrive and sign up in person.

Location

Eurocentres London Central (Victoria) – 56 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PH (phone: 020 7834 4155)

Only £299 per 13 week term.  BUT WITH THE ATTACHED VOUCHER BAPAA AU PAIRS PAY £279

  1. Students can start at any time
  2. 3 day a week (1.5 hours a day Tuesday –  Thursday)
  3. Lessons either at 10:00 – 11:30 or 12:00 – 13:30
  4. Central London location  – 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station
  5. Cambridge Exam Preparation, IELTS Preparation (both schools are IELTS testing centres) and General English
  6. Students have free access to our Learning Centre – computer network with online study material, library, language laboratory etc
  7. 60 + years of English language teaching experience and one of the most recognised names in the EFL industry
  8. Enrolment fee of £40 – one off booking fee for new students

Eurocentres Part-time Dates and Fees – Autumn 2011

Eurocentres part-time course discount voucher BAPAA September 2011

Save £20 on Your English Course (Summer 2011)

Eurocentres offers English classes also for the summer term (May-June) where other schools may no longer take new students. If you have only just arrived to the UK and live in/near London, this may be the right option for you to improve your English!

Below you may find information on English courses starting on the 26th of April at Eurocentres, London.

Discount voucher for au pairs placed by Smartaupairs is attached – this is valid (for new students only) for courses starting on or before 10th May 2011.

Eurocentres Dates and Fees – Summer 2011

Eurocentres – £20 Discount Voucher

Eurocentres English Courses

Are you an au pair located in or near London and looking for a reputable language school? If yes, you may want to take advantage of the £20 discount to the Eurocentres language school.

Please follow the below link for more information on Eurocentres part-time English courses. The English courses are organized at the Victoria and Lee Green centres beginning on 14th September 2010.

Eurocentres English Courses

A £20 discount voucher (attached below) is valid on courses started before 30th September 2010!

£20 Discount Voucher

We also have language school recommendations for other locations! Simply contact us on info@smartaupairs.com for further advice.

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Part-time English Courses at Eurocentres

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Eurocentres offers part-time English courses suitable for au pairs at two London schools.

The au pairs currently studying English at Eurocentres are highly satisfied with the course.

Locations

Eurocentres London Central (Victoria) – 56 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PH (phone = 020 7834 4155)

Eurocentres Lee Green (near Blackheath) – 21 Meadowcourt Road, London SE3 9EU (phone = 020 8318 5633)

Only £299 per 12 week term.

Students can start at any time

1. 3 days a week (1.5 hours a day Tuesday –  Thursday)
2. Lessons either at 10:30 – 12:00 or 12:30 – 14:00
3. 2 London schools – London Central in Victoria and London Lee Green (near Blackheath)
4. Cambridge Exam Preparation, IELTS Preparation (both schools are IELTS testing centres) and General English
5. Students have free access to our Learning Centre – computer network with online study material, library, language laboratory etc
6. 60 years of English language teaching experience and one of the most recognised names in the EFL industry
7. Enrolment fee of £40 – one off booking fee for new students

For more information, please see Eurocentres website – http://www.eurocentres.com/en/language_courses/Part-time_Courses,c278.html

Finding the Right Language Course

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Here are our Smart TIPS to find the best (FREE?!) language course.

Family and au pair should work together to find the right language courses and it may be difficult to arrange these in advance as a local test is often required to make sure classes are at the right level.

The information below is correct for most locations. Smartaupairs provides all au pairs in Kent with a contact list for FREE English classes – what a bonus!

EFL = English as Foreign Language

Advantages
•    Highly recognised Cambridge certificate
•    Regulated language schools accredited by English Council
•    Easy to find on English UK www.englishuk.com
•    Mostly high quality locations
•    Often additional extras included such as a social/excursion program
•    Flexible start dates and durations (usually)
•    Open to all nationalities

Disadvantages
•    Expensive
•    Fewer au pairs attend

To Find

www.englishuk.com

www.europa-pages.com

ESOL = English for Speakers of Other Languages

Advantages
•    Internationally recognised Trinity Certificate
•    Non-commercial, part government funded, so CHEAPER
•    Many other au pairs to meet
•    Government approved

Disadvantages
•    Some locations are a bit less desirable
•    More difficult to find out details on how/where/when etc.
•    Only usually open to EU au pairs
•    Can be inflexible on start date and duration (September & January)

TO FIND – try typing in Google:
for Kent Adult Education ‘ESOL classes [name of town/area of host family]’ ‘ESOL courses [name of town/area of host family]’ ‘Adult education [name of town/area of host family]’ And/or ask your host family to call the local council office and/or local college.

SKILLS PLUS or SKILLS FOR LIFE (ESOL)
Designed to teach English to foreigners moving to Britain

Advantages
•    Non-commercial, government funded, so FREE (EU only)
•    Many other au pairs to meet
•    Government approved
•    Usually flexible on duration and start date

Disadvantages
•    Exam recognised by OCR (UK recognised – limited internationally)
•    Some locations are a bit less desirable
•    VERY difficult to find out details on how/where/when etc.*
•    Limited availability, some towns non at all
•    Can be overbooked/overcrowded and sometimes waitlists
•    Only open to EU au pairs

TO FIND – in Kent go to skills-plus website or e-mail info@smartaupairs.com, we have an additional contact list for FREE classes in KENT Outside Kent try typing in Google: ‘ESOL Skills for life classes [name of town/area of host family]’ ‘Free ESOL classes [name of town/area of host family]’ ‘ESOL Skills for life courses [name of town/area of host family]’ ‘Adult education [name of town/area of host family]’ And/or ask your host family to call the local council office and/or local college.

TEACHER TRAINING CLASSES (TEFL/TESOL)*
Attend classes where the teacher is learning to teach English.

Advantages
•    Totally FREE for all nationalities!
•    Many other au pairs to meet
•    Government approved

Disadvantages
•    No exam (attendance certificate only)
•    VERY difficult to find out details on how/where/when etc.
•    Limited availability, some towns non at all
•    Often in the afternoon – may not fit in with host family schedule

TO FIND – in Kent, Christchurch College in Canterbury often has these courses
if you are not near Canterbury, try typing in Google: ‘TEFL classes [name of town/area of host family]’ ‘TESOL classes [name of town/area of host family]’ ‘Teacher training courses [name of town/area of host family]’ And/or ask your host family to call the local council office and/or local college BE PREPARED FOR SOME SERIOUS SEARCHING! These are not ‘official’ courses and no money is used for advertising them so ASK ASK ASK!

EXTRA SMART TIPS: Use teacher training as extra classes and to meet another network of people
A Cambridge English Exam can be booked separately in some places, in addition to any of the above language classes or no classes at all.

All information and tips provided are for information only. Although every effort is made to ensure it is accurate and up to date, smartaupairs makes no guarantees and accepts no liability.

Part-time English Courses: next term 15th September 2009 – DISOUNT VOUCHER attached

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Locations

Eurocentres London Central (Victoria) – 56 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PH (phone = 020 7834 4155)

Eurocentres Lee Green (near Blackheath) – 21 Meadowcourt Road, London SE3 9EU (phone = 020 8318 5633)

Only £299 per 13 week term.  BUT WITH THE ATTACHED VOUCHER YOUR AU PAIRS PAY £279

  • Students can start at any time
  • 3 day a week (1.5 hours a day Tuesday –  Thursday)
  • Lessons either at 10:30 – 12:00 or 12:30 – 14:00
  • 2 London schools – London Central in Victoria and London Lee Green (near Blackheath)
  • Cambridge Exam Preparation, IELTS Preparation (both schools are IELTS testing centres) and General English
  • Students have free access to our Learning Centre – computer network with online study material, library, language laboratory etc
  • 60 years of English language teaching experience and one of the most recognised names in the EFL industry
  • Enrolment fee of £40 – one off booking fee for new students

Download DISCOUNT VOUCHER

Download Eurocentres Part-time Dates and Fees 2009

Download Eurocentres part-time enrolment form

Download How to get to Eurocentres – guide for au pairs who are new to London

Download What do au pairs say about Eurocentres

All information can also be found on our website – www.eurocentres.com