Profession au pair

Au pairs live and work for a host family in another country and are usually in charge of taking care of the family's children. They are young individuals, seeking to explore another culture while providing child care services as well as other light housekeeping activities such as cleaning, gardening and shopping.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Social / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Workplace sanitation

    The importance of a clean, sanitary workspace for example through use of hand disinfectant and sanitizer, in order to minimise infection risk between colleagues or when working with children.

Skills

  • Prepare sandwiches

    Make filled and open sandwiches, paninis and kebabs.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Supervise children

    Keep the children under supervision for a certain period of time, ensuring their safety at all times.

  • Promote human rights

    Promote and respect human rights and diversity in light of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of autonomous individuals, taking into account their opinions, beliefs and values, and the international and national codes of ethics, as well as the ethical implications of healthcare provision, ensuring their right to privacy and honouring for the confidentiality of healthcare information.

  • Assist in children's development of basic personal skills

    Encourage and facilitate the development of children's natural curiosity and social and language abilities through creative and social activities such as storytelling, imaginative play, songs, drawing, and games.

  • Entertain people

    Provide people with amusement by doing or offering a performance, like a show, a play or an artistic performance.

  • Handle chemical cleaning agents

    Ensure proper handling, storage and disposal of cleaning chemicals in accordance with regulations.

  • Play with children

    Engage in activities for enjoyment, tailored to children of a certain age. Be creative and improvise to amuse children with activities such as tinkering, sports or board games.

  • Attend to children's basic physical needs

    Tend to children by feeding them, dressing them, and, if necessary, regularly changing their diapers in a sanitary manner.

  • Maintain relations with children's parents

    Inform children`s parents of the activities planned, program`s expectations and children`s individual progress.

  • Communicate with youth

    Use verbal and non-verbal communication and communicate through writing, electronic means, or drawing. Adapt your communication to children and young people`s age, needs, characteristics, abilities, preferences, and culture.

  • Assist children with homework

    Help children with school tasks. Assist the child with the interpretation of the assignment and the solutions. Make sure the child studies for tests and exams.

Optional knowledge and skills

provide first aid baby care demonstrate when teaching use food preparation techniques support the positiveness of youths speak different languages support children's wellbeing use gardening equipment iron textiles disability care clean surfaces assess the development of youth prepare ready-made dishes drive vehicles manage children's problems use cooking techniques buy groceries feed pets carry out wound care common children's diseases dispose waste clean rooms