Au Pair Training School
Every au pair attends a comprehensive Au Pair Training School and Orientation Program in San Francisco, CA at the beginning of the program year as they prepare to join their host family. This custom program is designed both to educate au pairs on child development and safety and to ensure they have an understanding of the great responsibility that comes with being an au pair for an American family.
The Au Pair Training School staff employs a range of online material, lectures, readings, videos, active discussions, and hands-on activities to connect with each au pair in a meaningful and informative manner. In addition to work completed in their home country while preparing for departure, au pairs spend multiple days in San Francisco where they attend small-group sessions that provide detailed information on a broad range of child safety and child development topics.
The Au Pair Training School is a great way for au pairs to overcome jet lag, ask questions in a comfortable environment, and prepare for the meaningful work they will accomplish with their host children. It is also a way for au pairs to meet one another and classmates often stay in touch throughout the entire program year.
Our 2017-2018 Au Pair Training School and Orientation dates are available here.
Au Pair Training School Content
The Au Pair Training School topics include the following:
Roles and responsibilities of an au pair
Health Insurance, J-1 Visas, and Program Regulations
American culture & the typical American household
Creating a positive working relationship with host parents
Preparing for culture shock
In- depth Child Development and Safety courses for:
- Newborns to 12 months
- Age 12 months to 24 months
- Ages 2 to 5
- Ages 5 to 12+
Establishing routines and maintaining flexibility
Health and nutritional needs of children
Child temperament and communicating effectively with children of all ages
Sibling relationships and how to care for more than one child at a time
Household safety & hygiene
- Safety training for infants, toddlers, and young children, and much more!