Au Pair of the Month
Every month, host families have the opportunity to express their affection and thanks to their au pairs. The winning nomination wins our Au Pair of the Month prize. It’s a great feeling reading these stories about their life-changing experiences and how they’ve become part of the family. Check out our lovely stories below.
We would like to nominate our amazing au pair, Jule, for Au Pair of the Month. Jule was our very first Skype interview and within five minutes of talking with her, we knew she would be the perfect fit for our family. Her warmth, kindness and openness were very clear, and she had a sense of humour that we immediately loved. From the day she arrived, she has been accepted with open arms by our kids. This acceptance has turned quickly into adoration for our three-year-old, who has found her best friend for life. Ada’s first words in the morning are generally “When is Lu-la waking up?” Jule has infinite patience with the children - happy to jump on the trampoline, bake biscuits, play hide and seek or play make believe all day long. She even spent a day plotting and planning a treasure hunt that took the kids [...]
Jasmine Holyoake (Auckland) - January 2018 I want to nominate Jasmine Holyoake, aka Nana Jas, as the Granny Nanny (Au Pair) of the Month! Nana Jas looks after our girls (20 & 23 months) and they just LOVE her. She is kind, caring, and always has the girls’ best interests at heart….. her week revolves purely around them, and what she sees as key learning and development opportunities. The girls’ development grows in huge leaps and bounds every day with the focus and attention she puts into them and their care. Not only does Nana Jas take the girls out on adventures to play group, mainly music, zoo adventures and much more, she has her house set up perfect for play – The girls have a sandpit, water play, an outside playhouse and scooters. How lucky! Nana Jas is not only a nappy changer, a super snack chef [...]
Mollie Patzke (USA) - December 2017 I would like to nominate Mollie Patzke our American Au Pair for Au Pair of the Month for the following reasons! Mollie has been so engaging with my children aged 3 and 7 since the moment we met her! She jumps on the trampoline with them every night! She gets involved in Halloween and dresses up and walks the streets 'trick or treating' with the children! And to lure them to brush their teeth will even give them both a piggy back to the bathroom! She has had to prepare not only gluten free but coeliac friendly food. She is so sweet and has never once raised her voice with the children, instead is gentle and kind and cajoles them to get things done. She has really tried to study how best to tackle toddler behaviour and has been great at teaching [...]
Rebecca Beyer (Germany) Becky started with us at the end of July and from the very first day she has had a fabulous relationship with our one year old son Thomas. He is a very busy little man who loves the outdoors. We live on a dairy farm in a remote area and Becky is from a city in Germany so she has had to adapt to a very different style of life. Becky has a very positive outlook on life and is certainly making the most of her experience here. She brings Thomas out on the farm most days and gets involved in everything we do like feeding the calves and milking the cows. She even assisted me to calve a cow which is a dirty job and certainly not for the faint hearted. She has reared three orphan lambs and Tommy loves to help with feeding [...]
Moa Hult (Sweden) - September 2017 Moa isn't just the children's carer but she is also their teacher and sometimes nurse. We have two boys, Sam and James. Sam has just turned two but he was born very early so in some ways he is still a baby, and he has a few challenges. In particular he can be difficult to feed and you need the patience of a saint - picture food being spat out, snuck to the dog or blatantly thrown at your face. Moa is always so calm; distracting him and trying different foods to make sure he eats a good amount. He also finds winter tough and has basically had a cold the whole time. This is harder for Sam because of his prematurity and therefore any little cold really knocks him around. He'll be tired, grizzly and even harder to get food into! Moa has been [...]
Andréa Fridell (Sweden) - September 2017 We would like to nominate Andrea Fridell for Au Pair of the Month. When Mandy said she was going to find us an amazing au pair, she wasn't at all wrong. We had an instant connection with Andrea on our first interview and every interaction after just got better. Andrea fits seamlessly into our family and to think she has only been with us for 6 weeks is hard to comprehend because it's like Andrea has always been part of our family. The children adore her and she adores them. She enjoys playing their pretend games and is always creating new 'missions' for the kids, they love these games and everything is fun. Andrea is extremely helpful and patient when helping our daughter with her homework. Andrea thinks of fun and creative ways for Asha to complete her homework and then creates a fun [...]