It’s spring break time of year and with that comes the question of what the schedule will look like for your au pair. Spring break can mean the kids are home all day from school and that can add hours for au pairs that generally have time off during the day. Be sure to double check the schedule so you do not exceed the 45 hour a week limit and also have a full weekend during the month and/or 1.5 consecutive days off during spring break week. Another thing to think of with kids out of school, is what will they do all day? Start planning now for activities, arts/crafts, field trips, creative cleaning :-), science projects, etc. I encourage host parents and au pair to work together to come up with a list of things to do! There are a lot of websites as well as Pinterest to add to the idea list. Planning for some great activities for the kids during spring break can make a boring week a great stay-cation instead and busy kids are much easier for an au pair to work with!
On the other hand, you might be a family that is traveling for spring break so there is also considerations with that. Is your au pair traveling with you or taking vacation time on his/her own time? If your au pair is traveling with you then will they be working while on spring break? What will the hours be? Is travel time factored into their work hours? These questions should be discussed prior to heading out the door and will avoid a lot of uncomfortable and frustrating situations along the way.
If your au pair will be working, their expenses should be paid. They still need to be within the 45 hours but the schedule may look very different than when you are at home. If the au pair is not working, but just traveling along with the family – discuss who pays for what ahead of time and also if the time will be counted as the au pairs vacation time (if so, keep in mind the au pair can choose not to go with the family and find an alternative vacation on their own).
Traveling with your au pair is a great opportunity to really embrace the exchange aspect of the program, have a chance to really get to know your au pair, and offers your au pair a new experience they can put in the memories of their au pair year.
As always, please reach out to me if you have questions about family vacations and the au pair program and I am happy to assist you! Enjoy your spring break no matter if it is here at home, or an exotic trip to the beach.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017 3:14 PM