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

Online Course Content

The objectives of the Au Pair Course will help empower the Au pair on the responsibilities that they will need in order to fulfil this position.

  • Being Responsible.
  • As an au pair, you need to be able to take on responsibilities and you have to show your family how responsible you are. …
  • Communicative. …
  • Flexibility. …
  • Adaptability. …
  • Being Proactive. …
  • Punctuality. …
  • Being Patient. …
  • Taking Initiative

The course will be taught as one course in one or two sessions.

Session 1

Becoming an Au Pair




Household Management tasks

Working for busy family

Playdates and parties

Caring for child with ADHD


Session 2

Water safety

Driving and hi jacking tips

Homework tips

Homework for slower learners

School lunches

Lunch ideas

“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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