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Nanny/Governess/In-home Carer

  • Usually Qualified or working towards
  • Knows Australian customs e.g Child safety/methods
  • Accredited First Aid and CPR training
  • Trained and experienced Knowledge about nutrition and able to cook
  • Independent and uses own initiative
  • Will report daily with communication diary and summary at end of day
  • Working with children check
  • ABN consulting or employed casual, part time or full time by family/agency
  • Eligible for registered provider rebate
  • Long term continuity for child
  • Age and developmentally appropriate activities
  • Communicates with other care providers such as School or Kindergarten
  • Confident driver
  • Own transport
  • Can meet with family for interview prior to commencement and undertake a trial
  • Full background checking available
  • Can be left in sole charge care of children
  • Can care for children from newborn upwards
  • Career is Child care in the home full or part time
  • Can be live in or out – typically live out in city based areas or can be live in – rural/regional
  • Hours vary from as little as 4hrs to 50 hours per week
  • Employed and paid as per the legal requirements in Australia

Au Pair

  • Has travelled to Australia from another country and has permission to work in Australia (appropriate visa)
  • Typically unqualified
  • Typically does not know Australian customs
  • None/obsolete first aid
  • Training required
  • Might know some recipes
  • Basic child care knowledge, needs guidance
  • Struggles how to identify what to report
  • Police check from home country
  • Pocket money
  • No government assistance
  • According to visa 6-12 months per family
  • Unstructured play activities
  • Possible language barriers
  • Not used to driving in Australia
  • May only have opportunity for Skype interview prior to commencement
  • Difficult to obtain authentic background information
  • Mothers help. (Not recommended to be left unsupervised especially with children under the age of 2 years)
  • Family needs to work around au pair studies and/ or travels
  • Hours would range from 4 hours to a maximum of 30 hours per week so the au pair can still participate in cultural activities or study
  • Generally live in
  • Paid pocket money in exchange for play with children, accommodation and board.

(Please note this is a general overview of nannies and au pairs. Individuals will vary from person to person.)