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.
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 [...]
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 [...]