Au Pair

As an Au Pair in South Africa, you are responsible for providing up to 45 hours of child care each week with a minimum of three weeks (15 days) leave during the year. Each family has unique requirements, which means all au pairs have a slightly different focus. There are many variables, such as ages of the children, dietary restrictions, favourite activities, and any special needs. Regardless of the situation, quality childcare
is always top priority for an Au Pair. Aside from childcare, Au Pairs may be responsible for other child-related tasks, such as doing laundry, helping with homework, and organising activity schedules. Household
management tasks like running errands or organizing are generally added only if a Au Pair is caring for school-aged children.


  • 20 – 50 years old
  • Previous child care experience as verified through references
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • First aid and CPR course
    Childcare course / Early Childhood Development
  • Hold a valid drivers’ license
  • Clean criminal background
  • No health issues

Families in South Africa provide their Au Pair with the following:

  • Private room and full board
  • Salary per month between R5000 – R20000
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation per 12 months


  • New-born care (feeding, nappy changes, naptimes)
  • Preparing bottles, cleaning up
  • Cooking for children
  • Bathing and dressing children
  • Helping children with general hygiene
  • Driving children to school and activities
  • Organizing children’s play dates
  • Assisting with language acquisition and development
  • Providing developmentally appropriate educational games
  • Teaching letters, numbers, and colours
  • Teaching manners and other socially appropriate behaviour
  • Doing arts and crafts
  • Reading books
  • Going to the library
  • Assisting with homework
  • Taking children to parks and playgrounds
  • Organizing sports and other motor-skills activities
  • Taking children on special outings to museums and the zoo
  • Doing children’s laundry
  • Making children’s beds
  • Tidying up children’s rooms and bathrooms
  • Organising and cleaning children’s play area
  • Cleaning up in the kitchen
  • Loading, running, and emptying the dishwasher

Course Content


The course we offer is an intensive one with significant coverage of the following sectors:


    • Becoming an Au Pair
      • Requirements
      • Benefits
      • Responsibilities
      • Household Management tasks
      • Working for busy family
      • Playdates and parties
      • Caring for child with ADHD
      • Divorce
    • Water safety
    • Driving and anti-hi-jacking
    • Homework tips
    • Homework for the slower learner / disabilities
    • School lunches
    • Healthy school lunch ideas


    • Daily routine and schedule
    • Child Hygiene, toy Hygiene
    • Nappy changing
    • Handling baby
    • Bathing baby
    • Dressing and undressing
    • Nappy folding and sterilising
    • Bottle-feeding
    • Introduction of solids
    • Sleep routines
    • Toddler care: Fun with food
    • Nutrition for Toddlers
    • Toilet training
    • Discipline


    • Infant Stimulation
    • Developmental milestones
    • Seeing & looking – infants
    • Seeing & looking – toddlers
    • Hearing & talking – infants
    • Hearing & talking – toddlers
    • Touching & feeling – infants
    • Baby Massage
    • Touching & feeling – toddlers
    • Movement & Motor Development
    • Social & Emotional Development
    • Intellectual Development
    • Toddler activities


    • When to call the Emergency Services
    • Home Safety
    • Accidents that often occur
    • The Body
    • Emergency procedures
    • CPR for infants
    • CPR for toddlers
    • Near Drowning
    • Electrical Shock
    • Choking
    • Bites and Stings
    • Poisoning
    • Sick Children
    • Common Childhood illnesses
    • Giving Medication
    • Fever
    • Hypothermia
    • Convulsions
    • Dehydration
    • Diarrhoea and vomiting
    • Constipation
    • Shock
    • Bleeding
    • Burns
    • Fire Safety
    • Broken Bones
    • Head Injuries
    • Spinal Injuries
    • Nosebleeds
    • Blocked nose
    • Teething
    • Sunburn

“It’s all about that cosy, homey feeling, the one you leave behind when you travel across the world.”
― Danielle Esplin,


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