Au Pair Training School
Every au pair attends a virtual comprehensive 3 day Au Pair Training School and Orientation Program in at the beginning of the program year as they prepare to join their host family.
This custom program is designed both to educate au pairs on child development and safety and to ensure they have an understanding of the great responsibility that comes with being an au pair for an American family. The Au Pair Training School Instructors employ a range of online material, lectures, readings, videos, active discussions, and hands-on activities to connect with each au pair in a meaningful and informative manner.
In addition to work completed in their home country while preparing for departure, au pairs spend multiple days at our Au Pair School where they attend small-group sessions that provide detailed information utilizing the Au Pair’s Household Guide on topics ranging from program information to child safety and development topics.
Benefits of the Au Pair School
The Au Pair Training School is a great way for au pairs to overcome jet lag, ask questions in a comfortable environment, and prepare for the meaningful work they will accomplish with their host children. It is also a way for au pairs to meet one another and classmates often stay in touch throughout the entire program year.
Au Pair Training School refreshes childcare skills, giving you confidence when settling-in with your new family. You will receive an Au Pair Workbook which details the lessons so you can refer to it during your year in America. As required by the Department of State, you will receive a total of 32 hours of training and instruction through course materials, classroom time, hands-on learning, videos, tests and answer sheets. Free time to visit the region is available in the evenings and the staff members often accompany au pairs to dinner and sight-seeing. Lodging and meals are included in the program.
Au Pair Training School Content
The Au Pair Training School topics include the following:
- Roles and responsibilities of an au pair
- Health Insurance, J-1 Visas, and Program Regulations
- An In-Depth Review of the Au Pair’s Household Guide
- American culture & the typical American household
- Creating a positive working relationship with host parents
- Preparing for culture shock
- Establishing routines and maintaining flexibility
- Health and nutritional needs of children
- Child temperament and communicating effectively with children of all ages
- Child Development and Safety Courses for:
- Newborns to 12 months,
- Age 12 months to 24 months,
- Ages 2 to 5,
- Ages 5 to 12+
- Sibling relationships and how to care for more than one child at a time
- Household safety & hygiene
- Introduction to Basic First Aid Concepts
Au Pair School & US Orientation Start Dates
Host Families are responsible for au pair flights and transportation expenses from the Au Pair School to their home. Au Pairs should arrive at their Au Pair School Location the day before the school begins.
Exclusive Training in Renzulli Learning Methods
Our au pairs receive exclusive training in the teaching methods of Joseph S. Renzulli, a leading expert in the field of Gifted and Talented Education. Renzulli has helped millions of children to develop advanced learning skills and higher academic performance.
Agent Au Pair infuses Renzulli teaching methods into our program to elevate its learning benefits. Au pairs are trained in Renzulli methods and leverage the Renzulli Learning System. The host family children’s strengths, interests, learning and expression styles are identified and au pairs work with the host children on project based learning activities . The Renzulli Learning System includes thousands of interest based resources and projects for au pairs and their host children to enjoy.
A recent outcomes study of the Au Pair Program revealed that many au pairs enter an education related or related career. The unique training in Renzulli methods provides our au pairs with valuable career skills no other au pair program can offer.