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Au Pair

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At a Glance... header image

An Au Pair works in a private home, assisting parents (or a lone parent, guardian or carer) in the daily care of the children and the house.


The Work header image

The duties of an Au Pair vary depending on the age and number of children they care for. They may assist in dressing and feeding babies and very young children, and for comforting them when they are upset.  
 
It is strongly recommended that they work under the direct supervision of the parent if the children are under five years of age. They should not be expected to take the place of a professional childminder/nanny. They generally do not have any childcare experience or understanding of child development, safety, health and hygiene (especially related to babies and infants) or understanding and managing behaviour in small children. They may not have good communication skills.  
 
An Au Pair may plan and supervise play activities with older children. If the children are old enough to go to school, the parents' help may take them there and bring them back each day.  
 
Domestic tasks such as cleaning, washing up, cooking, and washing and ironing clothes take up a large part of the day.  
 
It is essential that childcare workers employed as nannies/parent's help/au pairs have a contract of employment and job description in place describing the work and responsibilities expected by each party, the employer and the employee. Domestic workers of all kinds are now within the remit of employment equality legislation.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Maintain a safe play environment.

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Dress children and change diapers.

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Observe and monitor children's play activities.

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Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.

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Sanitize toys and play equipment.

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Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.

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Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.

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Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.

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Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.

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Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As an Au Pair, you must enjoy looking after babies and children. A sense of fun, stamina and lots of energy are useful qualities. You must be flexible, and able to work under the close supervision of the parent.  
 
You must be able to use initiative, and stay calm under pressure and in emergencies. You must be constantly aware of safety and hygiene in the home, and let a parent know if you notice any change in a child's habits or behaviour.


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Organisation: Childminding Ireland, The National Childminding Association of Ireland Ltd
  Address: 9 Bulford Business Campus, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow.
  Tel: (01) 287 8466
  Email: Click here
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