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5 Ways to stay safe as an au pair

Get to know your family
It’s easy for things to get a little overwhelming when you’re living with a host family. Whether or not you make friends with your host parents depends on various factors such as personality, age, stress levels of everyone involved and time spent together. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.

But whether you’re a live-in or live-out au pair, the family can be a great support system if you get on well….(click title or photo to see more)
By Olivia Brett (Editor)

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Coming soon…

Hello everyone,

Ultimate Au Pair is taking a short break over the summer, but we will be back in a few weeks with new bloggers, an updated look and lots of new articles! In the meantime why not have a look at our advice pages?:


Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the blog last year! If you would like to blog with us, you can use our contact page to get in touch…(Click title or photo for more)
Olivia (Editor)

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10 tips: Leaving your host family & Paris

So, the time has come to leave your host family, and it often comes with A LOT of mixed feelings.

Let’s set the scene; you’ve been working with the family for almost one year, you feel sad to leave the children, but guiltily happy to leave behind some of that stressful responsibility (just being honest). You have suddenly realised you need to move your whole life out of the 13m² box you call home and can’t work out how you…(click title or photo to see more)
By Olivia Brett (Editor)

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Advice from former au pairs!

Hello again!

Summer is change-over time for au pairs and we have lots of practical advice and top tips to help you start work/leave Paris/choose a family/find friends/know if you’re paid enough etc.

I’m looking at ways to update the site in August to make our advice pages more easily accessible, so in the meantime I would love to hear from you about any suggestions, comments or contributions to the site you may have!…(Click title or photo to see more)
Olivia (Editor)


Ways to find friends – Social Media

1. Groups for au pairs :

There are endless groups on Facebook dedicated to au pairs! It’s easy to join a few, go to the events advertised on there and meet other au pairs. Don’t be scared to post on the groups yourself, asking if anyone wants to meet up for coffee or to explore!

Most groups for each city will stay the same each year and simply change their name. Sometimes you will be contacted by strange people (…often guys) who look at the au pair groups as a way to meet nice foreign women. Be wary!

Some au pairs leave their families and advertise on Facebook which can be this can be really helpful. BUT some who say that hey are leaving the family…
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By Olivia Brett (editor)

Where to find a job

Looking for an au pair or nanny job?

– Where to start –

Job hunting can be really difficult when you don’t know where to start! For detailed information about applying for an au pair position, have a look at this article: Au Pairing – How to Start your Journey.

Below is a quick list of websites to help you to begin your search. Rather than recommend one particular agency, I have noted down websites that I know of to help you find the right match.

If you are looking for a position with accommodation (living with the family or in a small independent studio/room), with food and other perks provided as part of your pay, then the first list is for you:

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By Olivia Brett (editor)

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The 5 biggest problems & solutions for new au pairs in France

Hello again!

I recently wrote an article for the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry on the five biggest problems an au pair faces upon arrival in France. While the article focuses on British au pairs, the principles apply to au pairs of all nationalities and is so definitely worth reading.

In the article, I made sure to suggest ways that each host family can help their au pair to overcome these difficulties. Advice for host families is not often included on au pair blogs, and I think it is extremely important, so please do not hesitate to share it with …. (Click title or photo to see more)
By Olivia Brett (Editor)

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We’re Taking a Short Break!

Hi everyone,

Ultimate au pair is taking a two-week holiday!

Don’t worry, we’re updating the site and will be back soon with more posts from our amazing bloggers. In the meantime, why not have a look at some of our most popular articles?:

Top Tips!
Don’t speak French? No problem!
10 Tips for Au Pair Survival
Hours and pay

See you after the break,


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Read about us on FUSAC!

Just a quick post to share a lovely article posted about us on FUSAC today.

Click here to see the article now!

I did an interview with one of their writers about Ultimate Au Pair and it sums up our blog really well. If you want to find out more about us, have a quick look at the article and feel free to comment here or there with any questions.

Thanks to all our great writers, keep up the good work! We’re looking forward to welcoming some new writers soon, but in the meantime why not have a look at some of our most popular articles below….(Click title or photo to read more)
By Olivia Brett (Editor)

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Live In or Out?

Here’s the big question – do you want to live with the family? While traditionally au pairs have their own room in the family’s house, there are many families in Paris who rent out small rooms or apartments for their au pair rather than having them live in the same apartment. These rooms can be “chambres de bonne” (old servants quartiers which have a shower and small hob in the same room as the bed), or slightly bigger apartments.

The bigger apartments are more recommended, but harder to come by. If you need help deciding, you can always ask for live in or live out au pair advice from others in forums or on Facebook…
By Olivia Brett (Editor)