If you want to become an au pair, but are not sure if it is the right fit for you. Take a look at all the great benefits it holds and discover the many reasons why you should become an au pair:
- Au pair and study at the same time
- Great for your CV
- It’s do-able
- Good paycheck
- Be a part of children’s lives
- Go see the world
What is an au pair?
Au pairs have the responsibility to look after children by picking them up from school, helping them with homework, making meals, and other tasks. How many children you have to take care of, will depend on the family you are working for. They will determine your responsibilities, work hours and salary.
Au pair and study at the same time
Being an au pair leaves you with free time on your hands. If the child is in school, you have plenty of time to do something else, such as studying further.
If you decide to study or work elsewhere while you are au pairing, you should make an arrangement with the family. It is important that the family knows your routines. This way they will understand if you have to attend a class or write an exam.
Great for your CV
Working as an au pair means that you will most likely have a strong relationship with the children’s parents. This way, when employers contact them to find out what kind of person you are, they will have great things to say about you.
Being an au pair is a big responsibility. You can receive a very generous salary if you work hard and own up to the responsibility.
According to Au Pair Extraordinaire, if you are a part-time au pair (working 6 to 30 hours per week) you will be paid R4000 to R8000 per month. For full-time au pairs (working 35 to 50 hours per week) you can expect R8500 to R16000 per month. Your salary will mainly depend on your work experience.
Be a part of children’s lives
You have the privilege to help raise a child and see them grow. If you have a passion for children, this will be a blessing to you.
As opposed to other work fields, you are not only working towards your own development, but you also play a big role in a child’s development. You get to be part of a bigger reality than your own life.
Go see the world
There are endless opportunities for au pairs to travel abroad and work for a family from another country.
When you think you are ready to au pair overseas, you could join an au pair agency. The agency will help you with everything in regards to where you can go, how to find a host family, and how the process works.
Benefits of au pairing abroad:
- The host family provides your basic needs (and can also pay for your flight tickets)
- You get to experience another culture
- You will make international friends
- Learn another language
How to Become an Au Pair
If you are someone that wants to live an exciting life and constantly be active, au pairing is the job for you. Start in your own city, gain experience and many doors will open!
To become an au pair, you will need the right qualifications. It is a good idea to study childcare while you are gaining work experience. There are many colleges in South Africa where you can easily acquire skills and qualifications while working at the same time.
Here are three colleges where you can study childcare courses:
At Bellview Institute we offer an Educare course where you will obtain a national certificate which is accredited by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trade and Occupations). The only requirement you need is a matric certificate. The course is divided into three parts:
Once you have completed all three National Certificates, along with 18 months practical experience, you will receive your National Diploma.
To read more about the course, click here.
Start Your Au Pair Career With Bellview
Bellview Institute is an accredited distance learning college that offers career-developing courses. With us you can get the qualifications and skills you will need to become an au pair, as well as other child care occupations.
Contact us using one of the following ways:
- Give us a call on our toll-free number 0800 39 00 27
- Fill out our contact form at the bottom of the page
- Chat to us on Whatsapp 082 318 8892
Author: Simoné Coetzee
Last Updated: 20 January 2021