Go Au Pair strives to offer our au pairs and families alike the best customer service possible. This starts with really caring about individuals and taking the time to encourage open and honest communication, as well as examining what one hopes to achieve as an outcome of participating in this unique cultural childcare experience. Check out our local city page to see what we’ve been up to in 2015.
Today, I’d like to offer our Host Families and au pairs a taste of what is going on or what you could do with this, or any New England weekend, when you’re hosting an au pair. Family Game Night is not to be overlooked, even though I am about to suggest some outdoor activities. Simple games such as Uno, any deck of playing cards, even a board game can be enjoyed by both young and old. Reading books and story-telling can be great experiences too, as well as walks in the woods or park. Not every activity needs to cost money to bring your family together.
If you’re looking for something to do, though, there is plenty to offer here in the Ocean State and our neighboring states! The RI Family Guide is a trusted source of ideas, and you can find a link to Go Au Pair there as well! Personally, if your kids are still under ten, the Providence Children’s Museum is a great place to start! It has two full floors of hands-on displays and activities for the kids to learn and play. Another great spot for the entire family, kids of all ages, no, not the circus, but the zoo. Roger Williams Park Zoo is truly world-class and is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! The first Saturday of every month is free for residents of the City of Providence, too!
Even though fall is fully on us and the temperatures have finally become seasonal, RI’s beaches are not to be forgotten. The crowds have gone until next summer and the views are out of this world. Kids can bundle up and collect rocks and shells, play pictionary in the sand, or just walk along the beach with you! It’s a great place to take pictures, too, especially with some of the fall foliage in the background. RI Monthly has an excellent calendar of ideas, too. Check out their Insider’s Guide to Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts for the best places to eat, shop and visit while you are out and about. Involve your au pair and show him or her how to find things to do so you don’t have to find places for him or her to go or entertain them when off-duty.
Au pairs want to feel a part of the family, not just an employee. One great way to involve them is to involve them in your holiday and birthday celebrations, and even explain what your family does for different traditions. For example, my dad’s family has annual cookouts at their farm on Memorial, Columbus, and Labor Day weekends and a big croquet tournament with lots of shouting and laughing is always on the agenda. Some families attend parades or travel for holidays. Whatever you’re doing this year, consider your au pair and how he or she might be feeling. Ask about traditions or holidays back home.
Parents want safe, reliable, consistent and affordable care for their kids. The want to know that the children will be where they need to be at the right time, safely and with minimal disruption. Children want a young, active, fun but firm caregiver who will be there through thick and thin, maybe for years to come. They want someone who will bring something interesting and exciting into the day-to-day of a kid’s world. Au pairs want to become a member of your family to experience the real American family culture, gain experience and competency in English, attend an American college or university, and meet as many new friends as possible.
This unique blending of needs and desires is what makes the Au Pair program “mutually beneficial” and our level of service is what makes us Go Au Pair. We want to get to know you, your individual childcare needs, and offer you as many candidates who match those needs, both practical and personal, so your family can have the best cultural childcare experience possible.
Contact me, Joan Lowell, your LAR in RI, CT and MA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925. I can answer your questions and get you started in your au pair search!