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.
I would like to nominate our au pair Tamara for Au Pair of the Month.Tamara came to us in August last year. She entered our family when I was recently separated so emotions were high and things were tough.She took this in her stride and nurtured and loved when needed but took charge and applied the rules when required. She found the balance quickly. The kids took to her and love her so much. She has also helped the kids adapt to my new partner and also nurtured them through the fortnightly contact with their father.On weekends that she has no plans she will fold the washing, load or unload the dishes if it needs doing and I haven’t got around to it yet. This is always done by choice and no expectation. She will even come along to the kids sports on the weekend.Tamara has learnt to read my [...]
Jana is amazing with both our children (age 4 and 9). She connects with each one in a very special way. The other day I arrived home, and then my eldest mentioned that Jana had promised to play a game with him. Even though she was off, she took the time out to spend 30 minutes planning with him, just because she had promised she would. Nothing is a problem for Jana. She is super flexible and can change plans as needed to fit in with what needs to get done. The other day I had worked late at night and left the kitchen tiding to the next morning. The children were sleeping in late, and I got to the kitchen to tidy it, Jana had already taken care of it for us. She goes above and beyond expectations. I mentioned we should do something with some old banana’s [...]
We would like to nominate Lara Ahrenholz for Au Pair of the Month. We have been lucky enough to have Lara in our house for 10 months and will be sad to see her go home soon. When I asked our youngest child Billy why he liked Lara, he said, ‘I love Lara’, I asked why do you love her, he said ‘because she is the loveliest person in the world’. A pretty good reference!There are many reasons why we would like to nominate Lara.She has been so good with our boys. Our eldest, Zach, didn't want to go to his school holiday programs any more, he would much rather spend time with Lara. She is very creative, when Zach was learning to count in the ‘10’s’ she pulled out the lego to teach him an approach to learning this, something I would never have thought of! We have dedicated [...]
When you’re meant to spend a year with a person you’ve never met before, it’s not the grand gestures that make the experience amazing, but the little things. It’s every dinner we share together, most of them entertained by the days adventures and things learned not only by our 2 year old daughter but our au pair Annalena. It’s the new games, songs, and dances she’s taught our daughter. It’s how she engages in hours of imaginary play, donning all sorts of costumes and building or making all sorts of art and craft. It’s singing loudly and enthusiastically in music class or at home to the Wiggles! It’s our family’s excitement to be learning German and experiencing traditional German food in our home. It’s the trust Annalena has earned from our family because she makes smart decisions in every aspect of her own life and always puts the needs of [...]
The Gascoigne family would love to nominate our very special Michelle Kampfmann for Au Pair of the Month. Michelle has been with us for eight months now and we wish she could stay forever! Michelle is a shining light and beacon of positivity in our household. Every morning we all wake up to a happy Michelle who calmly helps our two children, aged 2 and 5 years, start their day. From the instant connection we had during our interview to now her 8th month in New Zealand, Michelle has felt part of our family. Michelle is adventurous and creative with the children, from huge duplo creations, to beautiful artwork, mammoth indoor huts, to baking, to dance parties… no two days are the same. Michelle seamlessly took over from our previous wonderful au pair Becci and the children fell in love with Michelle straight away. Michelle has kindly kept up [...]
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 [...]