Registration Guidance

What to Include?

As part of your registration, we ask you for additional information regarding your family and the position which you offer. 

What do you do with all the information?

First, this information is used to guide our team in selecting the best fitting applicants for you. We will follow your requests as closely as possible when choosing which applicants to contact for you.

Secondly, your family profile is then presented to the selected, prospective au pairs to enquire for their interest. This is why we make sure that your profile is complete and well-presented, to ensure the best possible response from potential applicants.

The above is particularly important, as au pair numbers are currently limited, and au pairs often have lots of families to choose from.

What Next?

Start your registration by completing our simple Host Family Registration Form

You can submit your family letter & photos via the online registration form, however, we appreciate that sometimes, you will need a bit more time to prepare the letter and photos, which is why many families send the letter, photos and references to us separately via e-mail. 

The good news is, you will only need to complete this process once - as your details will then be safely stored for future searches.

1. Registration Form

2. A Family Letter is a friendly introduction to your family life. 

Please introduce each family member, likes & hobbies & family life. Why are you looking to host an au pair? Do you have previous au pair experience? How do you expect to integrate your au pair in family life?

Your ideal au pair?

Au pair responsibilities & schedule - What is the proposed schedule for the au pair? Consider the key times during which you would need au pair assistance (e.g. 7-9.30 am in the morning and again 3pm - 7.30pm in the evening). Kindly use this space to further specify both childcare and household duties.

A summary of any other benefits offered to your au pair (their room, pocket money, inclusion in family life, any other extras such as travel contribution or gym membership?)

3. Photos including a photo of the family & photo of the au pair room

4. Two Recent References

We ask for contact details (preferrably e-mail addresss) of your previous au pairs - whom we would contact to ask for a testimonial regarding your family and their au pair role. If you have had not had au pairs previously, we kindly ask to speak with your recent childcarer (nanny, childminder, babysitter). In effect, the references will show any potential au pair who is considering your role that you are a lovely family to work for! 

You can send all of the above to us in an e-mail to info@smartaupairs.com 

Once we receive the required information, our team will contact you for a telephone consultation.

How long does it take to find an au pair? 

The au pair numbers have been in substantial decline in 2017-8, which is why most searches now take longer. Allowing your search sufficient lead time is therefore key in finding the right applicant. 

When should I start my search for an au pair?

Au pairs who wish to start in July - September, start applying and confirming from November-December the previous year.

How long do the au pairs stay with our family?

Au pair placement durations vary from 2 - 12 months, and typically follow the academic year. 

Therefore, au pairs who have just graduated and start between July - September, often have the longest availability of up to 12 months. 

Au pairs who start in January-February time, can typically stay for 5-7 months.

The trickiest time of the year to have an au pair to start is March - May, as most prospective au pairs are still completing their final exams.

If you need an au pair to start between this date range, we would recommend you to start your search in around September - October time the year before.