Venturing into the grey areas of Au Pair regulations and scheduling, a First Time Host Mom asks– how many days might a brand new au pair work before she must be given a day off?
(I phrased it differently in the headline of this post, but essentially it’s the same question). She’s thinking about the first 8 days, total, of her Au Pair’s arrival.
Her details are below, and here’s my take:
I’m a big believer in following the rules to a T, especially at the start. A day off in this time period makes sense conceptually, but also it’s probably what the rules require. Remember that your Au Pair arrives at your house already having been “On duty” and working at her Agency’s training & orientation session… so what you might really be looking at is a 10.5-day stretch of being “On duty”.
- Consider one less day or half day of training, and give your Au Pair this time off. If you’re already considering a light training schedule for some of these days, it might be worth it to concretely schedule one of those as day off.
- If training requires you taking days off, and then not having any days off to stay home while your Au Pair gets a break, try giving your au pair a half day of work — just 4 hours — so that she can have a half-day off. Between yourself and your spouse, you might be able to have one of you take a half day yourself.
- Alternatively, this is a good time to hire a babysitter. Presumably/ I hope for you that, you’ve had someone available to help with childcare so far. If you could engage this person for a half day (while the Au Pair works a half day), you could cover the day.
It’s overwhelming for everyone the first few days. You might need some time off from training, too!
Reading between the lines here, you sound like a family who really wants this to work out — being around for 4.5 days for training is a lot of commitment– and maybe too much?
Wise host families, please help!
We’re brand new to this process, and will be welcoming our first au pair in 8 days for our one son, 18 months old.
Here’s my question – Host Dad and I rearranged our schedules so that one of us will be with AP at all times in the first 4.5 days so that we can train – but because of that, we need her to start work the afternoon of day 5, and work on her own days 6-8 (half days are a possibility if necessary).
How do the rules work with days off? Do we have to give her one right away? We’re planning on only a few hours of training each day so that she has time to unpack, settle in, and see friends if she wants, but she won’t technically have a full day off until her 9th day with us.
I should note, I’ve asked this question to my LCC but she has yet to get back to me. Do the rules cover this?
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