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One of the biggest advantages of Au Pair USA’s program is its flexibility. You and your au pair are free to work out a customized child care schedule that meets your needs. Your au pair may work up to 45 hours per week and up to 10 hours per day.
To make sure we can set your au pair’s expectations about the kind of hours she or he will work, we ask you to submit a sample schedule with your host family application. Once you match with an au pair, you’ll be able to submit a finalized schedule.
Sample Au Pair Schedule
|MONDAY||Make breakfast for kids, take Britney to school, go on a play date with Ryan||Make lunch, put Ryan down for a nap, pick up Britney from school, help Britney with homework||Dinner with the family, go to Journalism class at the Community College|
|TUESDAY||Make breakfast for kids, take Britney to school, take Ryan to Tiny Tots||Make lunch, put Ryan down for a nap, pick up Britney and take her to soccer practice||Dinner with the family, do homework for Journalism class|
|WEDNESDAY||Make breakfast for kids, take Britney to school, take Ryan to the baby gym||Make lunch, put Ryan down for a nap, pick up Britney and then take the kids to the park||Dinner, go to a cluster meeting at Starbucks|
|THURSDAY||Make breakfast for kids, take Britney to school, read and play with Ryan||Make lunch, put Ryan down for a nap, pick up Britney, take the kids to the library for story time||Dinner with the family, go to the movies with some friends from school|
|FRIDAY||Make breakfast, take Britney to school, color with Ryan||FREE TIME|
Go to the gym
Meet with au pair friends and go to a concert downtown
Time Off and Classes
Your au pair earns days off and vacation time while working for your family, including:
- One-and-a-half days off per week (preferably at least one weekend day)
- One full weekend off per month
- One day of vacation time, accrued each month after the first month of service
Your child care schedule must allow time for the au pair to attend all cluster meetings and activities, as well as her or his classes.
Your au pair is required to participate in monthly cluster meetings and activities organized by your Local Coordinator. She or he also must fulfill a U.S. Department of State-mandated educational requirement, completing at least six credit hours at a community college, college or university.