Tips for families

Tips for families

Tips for families



 

What duties can you expect from a special needs au pair?


Duties may vary according to your Family’s needs however these may include:

  1. Being the ‘big sister’ or ‘big brother to your child;’
  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 your child until parents are home.


 

What are the expected duties of an Exam facilitator?


Duties as an Exam Facilitator may vary slightly depending on the school rules and Family’s needs. An idea of these will include:

If you are needing a Scribe:

  1. Your 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 your child and often the exam period is recorded;
  4. The Facilitator will write down the answer as your child dictates it;
  5. The Facilitator will not alter any words.

If you are needing a Reader:

  1. Your 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 your child and often the exam period is recorded;
  4. The Facilitator will read the question, instructions and any other information on the page to your child without giving any answers;
  5. Your child will write down the answers

What duties can you expect from an Au pair?


Duties may vary according to your Family’s needs however these may include:

  1. Being the ‘big sister’ or ‘big brother to your child;’
  2. Providing support, happiness, kindness, companionship, caring and listening to your 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 children until parents are home.


 

What are the expected duties of a school facilitator?


Duties of a School Facilitator may vary according to the Family’s needs however these may include:

  1. The Facilitator works in the school environment;
  2. Creating an environment where your 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 when interviewing an Au pair

Au Pairs often are both nervous and excited when they approach your front door. Often just a smile and warmth from you on the immediate greeting may instantly calm the Au Pairs nerves a little, which helps them become themselves. A few things to keep in mind when interviewing your potential Au Pair:

  1. Make sure you have read the profile, which has been sent to you about the Au Pair and have a good idea of who you are meeting;
  2. Be prepared with any questions you might want to ask;
  3. Explain who you are as a Family, as well as what you are expecting from the Au Pair;
  4. Be honest, open communication is so important;
  5. Allow the Au Pair to chat about any thoughts, experiences and ideas that they might find relevant to the conversation (Often this can calm their nerves);
  6. Ask any relevant questions about how they may handle certain situations, such as discipline, health views etc;
  7. A good idea is always to introduce the Au Pair to your child / children and observe this interaction. Your child will be the one spending most of the time with the Au Pair or Facilitator.
  8. Listen to your heart and your instinct as to whether you see this Au Pair as a good fit. From our experience at Au Pairs & Beyond you will just know!!!

 


 

Fun outings to do with your 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 your children at 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