Do you have a curfew for your au pair on nights before she or he is scheduled to be on duty?
Many Host Parents find that they need to be explicit about what time their au pair should be home, to make sure that she or he is ready to go the next morning. They have an explicit “weeknight” curfew for these evenings before work days. Other families also have curfews for nights before their au pair will be off duty (otherwise called here: Weekend Nights.)
We haven’t had a specific curfew, just a comment in our Handbook that our au pair should be home one hour before going on duty and that she should be well-rested. Then again, we’ve never had an issue with an au pair staying out so late, all the time, that she couldn’t do her job well.
What do you do about curfews in your family?
What kinds of Au Pair curfews do you think are reasonable, or unreasonable, for the night before a work day?
‘sota Gal notes:
Our work night curfew is 8 hours before AM work, and no curfew on the weekends (unless she works in the AM).
PA AP Mom:
We ask the AP to be in by 11pm on weeknights (before a morning shift). That’s 8 hours before the shift starts. On weekends, we ask for 3am, unless they have plans to stay overnight somewhere. In that case, we ask for a text, letting us know that she won’t be coming home so we don’t worry.
All of our times are negotiable for special events, occasions, etc.
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