Information About the Au Pair Program
Au Pair Qualifications
Agent Au Pair pre-screens and holds their au pairs to the highest standards. Our au pairs have at least 200 hours of childcare experience and go through a rigorous admissions process that requires the au pairs to complete a comprehensive background screening including verifiable childcare experience and passing strict requirements to be accepted into our program.
An Agent Au Pair representative interviews each of our au pair candidates in person. Au pairs must pass a psychometric test, submit a detailed background check and provide a history of childcare experience, skills, and training. All potential au pairs must submit 2 non-family childcare references, a character reference, physician’s report, proof of completion of secondary school and a letter explaining why they want to be an au pair.
Our screening process is set up to ensure that only the most mature, responsible, and caring individuals are accepted into the program.
All au pairs must meet the following requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of State in addition to our Agency’s screening:
- Able to speak and write conversational English
- Agree to having a background check performed
- Are willing to commit to 12 months in the U.S.
- Be able to provide 2 non-family local references regarding experience and character
- Be in good physical condition as evidenced by a Physician’s Report
- Have at least 6 months childcare experience
or at least 200 hours caring for infants – to care for infants
- Possess a driver’s license (or be ready to get one)
- Willing to share your culture and learn about others
Our Matching Process
Once you complete your basic application information on aupair.com, it becomes your profile which allows you to view au pairs without any payment or documents completed. Agent Au Pair will assign a placement manager who will work with you closely and assist you throughout the process. The placement manager is there to collaborate with your family, and evaluate specific needs and criteria to help search our database for the perfect au pair.
For example, you may be seeking an experienced driver who speaks fluent German, or you may be open to the language of the au pair as long as she has experience caring for a 6 month old baby at least 40 hours per week. Or perhaps you are seeking a very sporty male au pair, or even an in-country or extension au pair who has lived in the USA for one year already. In any case, we will search through our available profiles of pre-screened au pairs and introduce you to those who best fit your criteria.
The Matching Process
Our host families contact the au pair via email and set up a Skype/WhatsApp video call if they are interested in further contact. The family and au pair will continue the conversation for about a week or so, then the host family will decide to match with the au pair, or release the au pair and continue the process. As you review candidates, you can always adjust your criteria along the way. Keep in mind however, that the more open the criteria, the larger the pool of au pairs.
The placement manager also provides tips for matching and possible inquiries for the au pair to get a better picture of her personality. She is available for feedback and assistance throughout the process.
*Please remember that all au pair candidates are considered “available” until the match has been confirmed by both the host family and the au pair.
“Pre-Matched” Au Pairs
If you have a “Pre-Matched” au pair (also known as a “Direct Placement”), we can assist you as well. “Pre-Matched” au pairs are au pairs that the host family “sourced” on their own through friends or relatives abroad. In this case, the host family does not go through the matching process, however all other procedures are the same. The host family simply provides the au pair’s contact information in the home country, and we handle the rest. Please inquire to find out more about our “Pre-Match” process.