Tips for Au Pairs and facilitators

Tips for Au pairs and facilitators

Tips for Au pairs and facilitators



 

What are your expected duties as a special needs Au pair?


Your duties as a special needs Au Pair may vary according to the Families you work for however these may include:

  1. Being the ‘big sister’ or ‘big brother;’
  2. Providing Support, happiness, kindness, companionship, caring and listening to the child;
  3. Working with the parents and any other extra support the Family have;
  4. Taking to school in the morning;
  5. Fetching from school in the afternoon;
  6. Lifting to and from extra murals / appointments / play dates etc;
  7. Assisting or supervising homework / projects;
  8. Taking to Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and any other Therapy appointments;
  9. Reinforcing these newly learned techniques within the home environment;
  10. Buying any necessary tools needed for projects or for the house;
  11. Structured play (Au Pair creates the activities) and non- structured play (free play);
  12. Organizing play dates and booking necessary appointments;
  13. Making lunch or light dinner meals;
  14. Getting child’s uniform ready for the next day including extra mural, PE and play date clothes;
  15. Bath / Supervise bath time;
  16. Story and bed time;
  17. Look after child until parents are home.


 

What are your expected duties as an Exam facilitator?


Your duties as an Exam Facilitator may vary according to the school rules and Families you work for however these may include:

If you are applying as a Scribe:

  1. The child has permission to have a scribe during the exam period;
  2. The Facilitator will meet at the school on the day of the exam;
  3. The Facilitator will be in a private room with the child and often the exam period is recorded;
  4. The Facilitator will write down the answer as the child dictates it;
  5. The Facilitator will not alter any words.

If you are applying as a Reader:

  1. The child has permission to have a reader during the exam period;
  2. The Facilitator will meet at the school on the day of the exam;
  3. The Facilitator will be in a private room with the child and often the exam period is recorded;
  4. The Facilitator will read the question, instructions and any other information on the page to the child without giving any answers;
  5. The child will write down the answers.

What are your expected duties as an Au pair?


Your duties as an Au Pair may vary according to the Families you work for however these may include:

  1. Being the ‘big sister’ or ‘big brother;’
  2. Providing support, happiness, kindness, companionship, caring and listening to the child;
  3. Taking to school in the morning;
  4. Fetching from school in the afternoon;
  5. Lifting to and from extra murals / appointments / play dates etc;
  6. Assisting or supervising homework / projects;
  7. Buying any necessary tools needed for projects or for the house;
  8. Structured play (Au Pair creates the activities) and non- structured play (free play);
  9. Organizing play dates and booking necessary appointments;
  10. Making lunch or light dinner meals;
  11. Getting uniform ready for the next day including extra mural, PE and play date clothes;
  12. Bath / supervise bath time;
  13. Story and bed time;
  14. Look after child until parents are home.


 

What are your expected duties as a school facilitator?


Your duties as a School Facilitator may vary according to the Families you work for however these may include:

  1. The Facilitator works in the school environment;
  2. Creating an environment where the child feels safe and secure at school;
  3. Being caring, kind, happy and thoughtful;
  4. Having a positive and uplifting attitude;
  5. Assisting and guiding the child in making the right choices at school;
  6. Assisting in the classroom, during activities;
  7. Assisting during therapy sessions;
  8. Applying these techniques learnt in therapy to the classroom activities;
  9. Keeping notes on daily improvements or setbacks.



 

Interview Guidelines for Au pairs

As a previous Au Pair and having gone through many interviews in the past, I know and can admit this process can make one very nervous. My advice to you is to take a step back, take a few deep breaths and concentrate on the interest you have working for Families and their children. This is exciting and you have already taken the first step and chosen to go for this interview. Now you just need to be yourself, prepare and the rest will flow from your heart:

  1. Be prepared, understand the position you are applying for and know how your skills match this position;
  2. Make sure you are punctual. Arrive at least 5 minutes early;
  3. Make sure you are dressed appropriately. You will be working with children and therefore no short skirts / short tops;
  4. Dress neat and tidy;
  5. Be polite, avoid swearing;
  6. Ask questions about the child and get an idea of the child’s personality and interests;
  7. Speak Clearly;
  8. The family want to get an idea of who you are as a person, your professional experience, your life experience and your interest in working with children. Be able to describe yourself in a few words;
  9. If you get the opportunity to meet the child at the interview, make sure you interact and see if you can make a connection with him / her.

 



 

Fun outings to do with children in Cape Town


 

  • Clay cafe – Hout Bay
  • Rush – Claremont
  • Scratch patch – Waterfront
  • Aquarium – Waterfront
  • Science centre – Observatory
  • Planetarium – Cape Town
  • The world of birds – Hout Bay

 

  • Acrobranch – Constantia
  • Putt Putt – Sea Point
  • Parks and picnic – Green point
  • Sand castle building and shell collecting- Beach
  • Ice skating – Grand West
  • Art jamming – Waterfront
  • Bowling – Claremont

 

Fun activities to do with children at their home


 

  • Science experiments
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games
  • Build a fairy garden

 

  • Making board games
  • Make puppets
  • Baking
  • Make a fort using cardboard boxes or blankets