National Nursery Rhyme Week

This week is National Nursery Rhyme Week and a few au pairs wanted to share some rhymes from their native language.

Here are their contributions with an English translation – a great opportunity for you to learn a rhyme in another language!

If you would like to learn more nursery rhymes in English, the BBC has put together a great collection that you can find here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs.

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Jaqueline, Ilford, Essexdutch

Evelien, Redhill, Surreyspanish

Gemma, Redhill, Surrey

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Celine, London

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Lisa, Maidstone, Kent

Halloween Spookiness!

Here are some wonderfully spooky Halloween photos from smartaupairs au pairs.

The two winning entries are by Cornelia A and Caroline S! 

They will both receive a prize + a gift for their host children.

Cornelia A – She is currently au pairing in Wimbledon🙂

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“Good evening and happy Halloween!! Our scary picture from tonight! Trick or treat was awesome- in main roles Captain Black, Harry Potter with his beautiful Owl and me as half sceleton, half Hermione ( the boys just told me exactly how to dress- best advisory service ever! 😂👍🏼) Kind regards!! Cornelia”

Second prize winner is Caroline S, she is au pairing in London:

“This is our halloween feast, the pumpkin and our costumes to enjoy!
Halloween was great.”

Other fantastic entries:

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Harleen with her adorable host children🙂 She is au pairing in London!

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Laura with her spooky host children! Loving the house decorations too! Laura is an au pair in Sussex

 

Julie’s super cute (yet spooky) host children! Julie is an au pair in Greater London

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Sabrina’s (currently an au pair in Surrey) entry: handycraft by the host child🙂

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Entry from Janina who is currently an au pair in Surrey
“Hello there, hope you’re alright.
Living in a house with massive Harry Potter fans, the choice about the costume was pretty clear. After watching Nightmare Before Christmas and decorating everything a bit, my 2 little pumpkins got dressed in their Slytherin and Griffindor robes, ties and everything. Seeing as the two best houses were already taken, I had to get out my “I’m a muggle“ Shirt. But what is more scary or sad than being a muggle in between two real wizards?
Hope you had a great time,
Janina”
Entry from Katinka:
“Hello my name is Katinka and I am an aupair in Bristol. My host child is 6 years old. He loves doing arts and crafts and dressing up.
These are his words:
“These are bats and a cat made out off toiletrolles. The little bats are made out off conkers and the big bat is made out of a bottle. The pumpkin is made out of a pumpkin and I am a spooky clown-witch! I hope you had a spooky time reading this. Happy Halloween!”
“Spiders everywhere!!! The best part was to decorate the house… hiding spiders or other scary decorations.
Ghost muffins: The kids loved creating their ghosts. They seem scary but they are delicious and very sweet😉
Halloween Decorations everywhere in the house.
The scarier the pumpkin grimace is, the better is the Halloween mood. But before you cut the grimace in the pumpkin, you have to wash them… lots of fun!” 
The above photos are by Judith, she is currently au pairing in Buckinghamshire🙂

Autumn Au Pair Events

Autumn is a busy arrival time for 100s of au pairs and for this reason, we have been organising events nearly on a weekly basis to help all the newcomers to find friends🙂

Here are a couple of photos from our most recent meetup in London.

If you are interested in finding out more about Smartaupairs Au Pair Agency in England – simply visit our homepage: http://smartaupairs.com/

Summer at Smartaupairs

Summer is such a busy time for an au pair agency – and LOTS has happened over the past months.

As many au pairs are arriving we are also organising monthly events to help everyone find friends.

Here are some snaps from our more recent events including trip to the Harry Potter studios,  coffee meetup in London & a picnic🙂

 

Special thanks to arranging these events goes to our lovely Veerle – she has just sadly left us on Monday and we’ll miss her greatly.

Here are a few photos from her last day + one extra photo of her working hard on her final internship report with Tuuli (along with a glass of Sancerre).

 

To learn more about Smartaupairs – why not visit our homepage: http://smartaupairs.com/

Au Pairs on Why Their Host Dads are Great!

We asked au pairs to nominate their host dads for our Father’s day competition

Below are the two winning entries to receive our little prize (and who does not like wine and cheese…)

Fathers Day

With this, happy Father’s day for all the dad’s (and host dad’s out there) from all of us at smartaupairs.

Nomination by Xilja:

Hi smart au pair team,

 I think my host dad is great, because ever since I got here things haven’t been easy. He had to teach me everything two months ago when I first got here, while he also took care of his wife with brain cancer and his two children. He is very open en very nice to me and makes my time here easy. My hostmom passed away two weeks ago and he took care of the entire funeral while still being there for his children. He’s doing such a great job with everything that’s going on and that’s why my host dad is great!

Love,

Xilja 

Nomination by Julie:

I would to introduce my hostdad: Peter. This competition is completely for him because is a very special hostdad. Peter is a fantastique cooker( he’s doing the best Chinese food, I had never eat in my all life) , a banking worker, the best partner to watch football on TV and an incredible dad with his children.

When I came in England, he was waiting for me at the train station and he was the most smiliest person I had ever seen. He had always supporting me and always gave me a lot of advices for the life in London, my job and my English. Even, when he comes home late, he always come to see me and said Hello and How are you.Peter always treated me like a real member of his family, spend time with me( to talk, playing Xbox, watching tv) asking me if I’m alright and helping a lot when I was injured. His the best hostdad because went I broke my toe 1 month ago, I was on crushes and I was really sad, he had trying to make me laughed during all the day to make me forget what had happened to me.Just for that  He is the best hostdad. I would love Peter received this present, to said a big thank you to him to be always really nice, funny and always supporting me😀.

With this present, he can know his the best dad and hostdad😀. So happy Father’s Day everyone, and particularly to my hostdad Peter!! Julie xx

BAPAA Au Pair River Cruise

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Come and join 100’s of other BAPAA au pairs on a private boat trip to Greenwich. You will travel past famous bridges and historic buildings along the river from Central London, with exciting views of Westminster including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, and then head downstream through the City to the Thames Barrier, Greenwich and back again.

At Greenwich you will have time to have a look around – there are lively markets, restaurants, historic buildings, the famous Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and Meridian Line, the Maritime Museum and a beautiful park with wonderful views over London.  Bring a picnic or buy lunch in Greenwich.

Schedule for the Day

10.45am – Boat leaves Festival Pier

1pm – Boat arrives at Greenwich

4pm – Boat leaves Greenwich

5pm – Boat arrives back at Festival Pier

You must arrive by 10.30 am as the boat leaves promptly at 10.45am from Festival Pier, in front of The Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.  (The opposite side of the river to Embankment tube.)

Nearest tube station: Waterloo or Embankment.  Nearest mainline train station: Waterloo.

How to Book?

The trip costs £10 per person for BAPAA au pairs and £12 for friends travelling with them (non-BAPAA).

Please contact Smartaupairs to reserve your space & to pay for the ticket(s).

If you wish to stay in London for the night, hostel accommodation may be available through International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1. (www.ish.org.uk)

Photos/videos taken during the day may be used for BAPAA promotional purposes in future.