Unlike the rights of an Au-Pair, which do not change depending on a family, there is no single list of responsibilities according to which all Au-Pairs perform the same work. Everything is individual, it all depends on the family, the number of children in the family, the age of the children, the sex of the children and whether your family has pets (dogs, cats, other pets).
Therefore, during the first interview you need to discuss all terms of your stay and, first of all, responsibilities, ie to discuss in detail what help your family actually needs and in what period of time.
There is a general list of what Au-Pair can do to help the family below.
Au-Pair’s responsibilities to parenting
Love children, give them support and care, listen to children, talk to them, teach basic rules of conduct, hygiene, and so on. Wake up children in the morning; wash; dress; prepare breakfast /lunch, compose lunchboxes in kindergarten and school, feed children; take and take children to kindergarten, school, certain activities, such as gymnastics, football, swimming, music lessons and so on; play with children; walk in the street, walk in the park and playgrounds; go to museums, zoos; master something together; teach children to read, count, write, learn poems, sing and dance; maintain order in the nursery; wash and iron children’s belongings; help children with homework; wash children before bed; lay children to sleep; read tales before bed, etc.
Au-Pairʼs responsibilities to home help
Help keep the apartment / house clean and tidy: vacuum, wipe the dust, wash the floor; wash clothes in the washing machine; sort clothes after washing, ironing; prepare breakfast / lunch / dinner (simple meals), help with cooking; help set the table, remove from the table after eating, wash dishes (in the dishwasher), clean the kitchen after eating; make sure that children’s food is always in the refrigerator; take care of houseplants; help in the garden; shop in the store, etc.
Au-Pair Pet Responsibilities
Walk the dog; feed a dog / cat, other pets; clean up after animals; make sure that pets always have food and water, etc.
Au-Pair’s responsibilities to cook
As a rule, Au-Pair prepares only light dishes: salads, sandwiches, baby porridge, cooking meat (cook, fry), pancakes. Au-Pair does not prepare complex dishes, because Europeans do not cook or eat complex dishes typical of Ukrainians, such as borsch, Olivier salad, herring under a fur coat, vinaigrette, dumplings, dumplings.
But, of course, if you know how to cook deliciously and you want to cook something national, you can happily bake pies and make borscht. Your host family will be very pleased.
In most cases, Au-Pair prepares food only for children or together with parents.