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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…

Tuuli 21-09-2021
Cultural Exchange Defined

THIS is Cultural Exchange defined - in the words of Penni & Nick Grodzicki, host family: “A sad day as we say our farewells to Ina - the last in our…

Tuuli 01-04-2021
Smartaupairs - IAPA Member since 2009

Smartaupairs are a proud member of IAPA, the International Au Pair Agencies Association.  A wonderful community of agencies from across the world! …

Tuuli 09-03-2021
A Beautiful Note from Rebecca

What a beautiful note, received from Rebecca a few days ago. Rebecca is a German au pair in England.  "Hello, I hope you are having a wonderful s…

Tuuli 08-03-2021
Abbie Q&A

Abbie has just arrived in England from South Africa as an au pair and she kindly answered a few questions for our Q&A. Follow her on Instagram on: a…

Tuuli 04-03-2021
Why We Love Our Au Pairs

2020-1 has been a tough year for all. Covid, disruption to family life, work, travel - you name it! From an agency perspective, it has been a case of fi…

Tuuli 02-02-2021
UK Au Pair Program in 2021

Which Nationalities Can Smartaupairs Work With in 2021?   British & British Overseas Nationals EU Nationals with UK pre-settled status …

Tuuli 17-12-2020
Au Pair Program Post Brexit - BBC Coverage

Brexit: 'Au pairs are a practical solution to a big problem' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-55309088 BBC - Au Pair Program in the …

Tuuli 01-12-2020
Youth Mobility Visa - T5 UPDATES December 2020

Important updates have been made to the Youth Mobility Scheme, T5 Visa. This visa is available for the following nationalities: "You can apply for a …

Tuuli 23-11-2020
24 November - The International Au Pair Day

On the 24th of November, we celebrate the annual INTERNATIONAL AU PAIR DAY!! We are SO proud of all our past & present au pairs :)  

Tuuli 28-10-2020
Au Revoir Au Pairs! The (quiet) end of the Au Pair programme in the UK

For a sector that is really quite small (an estimated 7% of UK families with children up to the age of 16, say they have have hosted an Au Pair in 2019-202…

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