would like to introduce ourselves to you and to explain what we are looking for in an au pair.
have been marries for 16 years and have two children; a girl who is 10 years old and a boy who is 4. This will be our tenth
year having an au pair.
live in an apartment building on the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Our large apartment provides the au pair
with her own bedroom, bathroom and telephone. Of course, the au pair has use
of all the shared household family amenities such as the kitchen, computer, Internet, books and television. The building has a playroom for the children and gym for the adults.
It is on a quiet street next to Riverside Park, which has many playgrounds and jogging paths. It is only two short blocks away from Broadway and the heart of Upper West Side with its shopping, restaurants,
bookstores, movies and the very large Central Park. Central Park has many playgrounds,
a zoo, as well as lakes, woods and gardens. There are also many schools and cultural
institutions that offer courses appropriate for au pairs. There are many other
families with au pairs in our neighbourhood and NYC.
our children are normal and happy, are used to having au pairs and have bonded well with them.
Our eldest loves to be active, running and climbing outdoors and swimming; but also to play games, draw pictures, do
crafts projects, play piano and to read. She has bonded well with all of her
au pairs. Our youngest is a very jolly, social, talkative and active boy.
husband’s work schedule is standard 9am to 5pm 5 days per week. I work
3 to 4 days per week but have a few weeks per year when I work 6 or 7 days a week. Our
eldest is in school 8am to 3pm and our youngest from 9am to 1pm. Therefore an
au pair will typically be free for part of weekday mornings. A typical day begins
at 7am with the au pair helping us get the children ready for school. After picking
the children up from school the au pair will spend the afternoon with one or both of the children at various times until we
return from work. During some afternoons the children will have schedules after-school
activities. At other times the au pair organizes the afternoons – scheduling
play-dates with the children’s friends, going to the parks, playgrounds, museums or playing at home.
are looking for a person who genuinely loves to be with children. We hope that
our children will grow up to be intellectually curious, tolerant, self-confident, empathetic, multi-culturally minded and
curious and respectful of the environment and of all people. We look for these
same qualities in an au pair. In return, we believe that we can offer a congenial
home, a great city to live in and explore and plenty of possible friendships with au pairs and other young people.
Dear Au Pair
Greetings from the United
States! I know you must be very excited about your upcoming experience in America. Let me tell you a few things
about our family.
My husband and I are both
professionals. My husband travels to Michigan and Chicago for his work. We have 2 daughters aged 13 and 9.
Our eldest is completing the 8th grade in Middle School and loves it. She is very smart, very outgoing and loves to
swim, play tennis and play the piano. She also loves to listen to pop music and write stories. She wants to be
a journalist when she grows up. It's hard to believe time has gone by so fast. Our youngest is completing the
4th grade. She, like her sister, enjoys piano and tennis. They're both very close and play very well together.
We have had au pairs live with us for 9 years, since our eldest was born, so the girls are always excited about meeting new
girls and learning about new cultures. We have had au pairs from France, Germany, Latvia and Thailand.
We currently live in New York
State and we moved here in June 2005. It's a beautiful community with lots of trees, large homes, great shopping and
great restaurants. There is a train that takes you to Manhattan and we're also very close to Connecticut and New Jersey.
Our home is a 5-bedroom house and the au pair's room is on the first floor with it's own bathroom, TV and DVD player.
We have a large back yard and there are many parks in the area. But the biggest advantage we have is being so close
to Manhattan with all of the theaters, restaurants, musical and dance events.
As you can imagine with work,
school and lessons, our family life is very busy. We absolutely adore our children and want the very best for them.
Education is very important and exposing them to different cultures, places and activities is also important. We always
try to find interesting family activities to participate in on the weekends, including outdoor festivals in the summer, the
zoo, museums etc. We also use the bike paths around our home and the swimming pool and tennis courts. We take
a few vacations a year, usually someplace warm with a beach or pool and lots of sight seeing activities.
Because we have lots of prior experience with au pairs,
we know it is important for you to become and integral part of our family life. I want to involve you in all of the
planning for the kids homework and activities. It is important that we have open communication at all times, and that
we help you make a smooth transition in the local au pair cluster. We hope to help you learn about American life and
make great friends.