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What does an afternoon au pair do?

What does an afternoon au pair do?

Afternoon au pairs are generally ( not always) responsible for the care of older children. At Sitters4U we refer to candidates assisting children age between 6 and 14 years of age as a learner care specialist. In order to work as a learner care specialist in addition to our minimum requirements you need to: 

  • Have 1 or more years of experience working with children aged from 6 to 13 years of age.
  • Have completed a SETA approved first aid course (minimum of level 1, valid for 3 years) and regularly update this.
  • It is not a requirement, however if you have  completed an early childhood development course, Bachelor of Education , psychology, language, art, sport or music related degree it will be a  huge bonus.
  • You need to have excellent marks academically in Matric as you will be expected to assist  the child/children with homework and study assignments as well as preparation for exams.
  • You must have a real passion for working with school going aged children. A loving, patient and nurturing personality is a must.
  • You need to be highly organised and have great time keeping skills. Working with this age group normally involves handling a very busy schedule and the planning and implementation of this schedule.

Duties you can expect when caring for learners:

  • Learner care specialists can be requested to half day, everyday or a few days a week, sometime occasionally a client will also request morning lifting and afternoon assistance, dependant on their needs. It is your choice to apply for a position or not.
You can be expected to:
  • Provide lifting to school, picking up and dropping off the children at school, outings, lifting to extra murals, doctor’s appointments and play dates.
  • Preparation of snacks, lunch or dinner.
  • Teach personal hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Bathing of the child/children (applicable to children aged up to 8 years old) or running a bath for older children.
  • Assisting with homework, projects, research and teaching the child to study, preparing for exams.
  • Providing emotional support and guidance.
  • Assisting the child/children to clean up their rooms, study areas and cleaning up/washing dishes after meals.
  • Keeping records of the days activities, meals served and observe and monitor a child’s development for  signs of emotional or developmental problems and bringing them to parent’s or guardian’s attention.
  • Creation, management and implementation of a child’s schedule including planning age appropriate, stimulating recreational activities, eating times and sleeping times.
  • To work with this age group you should be able to have fun and learn with the child while assisting the child to excel in whatever activities and studies they may partake in.
  • You need to be able to set boundaries and provide constant guidance and truly enjoy yourself at the same time. You should be organised and should not become easily stressed.

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