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TBC 27-05-2024
Host Family Testimonial - May 2024

A lovely testimonial from a family who are currently hosting an 18 year old Aussie au pair.  “We were a bit daunted by the prospect of finding and organ…

Tuuli 11-03-2024
Mother's Day - Celebrating Host Mums

What a week it has been - first international women's day - then we finished on a high with Mother's Day.  This is what makes the cultural exchange prog…

Tuuli 28-02-2024
Au Pairs and National Minimum Wage - 2024 Update

A very important update - at Smartaupairs we have followed the UK national minimum wage guidelines for a few years now, however it appears that the governm…

Tuuli 26-02-2024
T5 Youth Mobility Visa Changes in 2024

Great news! The T5 youth mobility visa can now be extended for up to 3 years for select nationalities.  For all new applicants, we recommend consid…

TBC 02-02-2024
5 * Feedback Worth Smiling About

Lovely feedback like this makes our day!  Thanks to Tuuli, I found the best family to work for ! When I contacted Tuuli, I didn't have any job, and she…

Tuuli 05-12-2023
2024 National Minimum Wage Pay Guidelines

The national minimum wage guidelines are changing in April 2024.  Source: National Minimum Wage Rates The following weekly rates for live in au …

Tuuli 09-11-2023
Smartaupairs - Au Pairs Autumn

Now that Halloween is done and dusted - it’s time to look forward to all things Christmas, right?? In October, our au pairs took part in a Jack the Ripp…

Tuuli 31-10-2023
Introducing Our New Candidate Board

At Smartaupairs, we understand the significance of finding the perfect match when it comes to hosting an au pair. To make this process even more seamless a…

Tuuli 21-11-2022
Smartaupairs Au Pair of the Year 2022 - Hannah

After a few crazy years, our very own Smartaupairs Au Pair of the Year Award is BACK!  Each year, on the 24th of November, we celebrate the In…

Tuuli 17-11-2022
National Minimum/Living Wage - Prepare for Changes 2023

The national minimum wage guidelines are changing in April 2023.  Source: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates  The&nbs…

Tuuli 17-03-2022
Au Pairs & Minimum Wage

The government has passed a ruling which states that au pairs are no longer exempt from national minimum wage. This is a significant change. Somewhat&n…

Tuuli 19-11-2021
Q&A with Ellie Bambury

Hey!! A few weeks ago, we mentioned that we were going to do a Q&A with Ellie Bambury - and here it IS! Just as a quick refresher.. Ellie is a…

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