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Re: The Au Pair/Nanny employment thread (no ads!)

The rules are quite clear- the Au-Pair has a special status in order to come and learn a new language and experience a new culture- so must not speak her own language in the home. We had several Au Pairs from Switzerland in the past, and I had to guarantee that, although French is my MT, we would always speak English as a family and with the Au Pair. One took the Cambridge First after 1 year having never studied English, and the other passed the Proficiency (now a Professor of linguistics at Michigan Uni- a very clever girl). The rules also stipulate a maximum of 30 hrs per week, with about 50% with a parent present.

In a way, this thread title compounds the confusion between 'nanny' (qualified? or unqualified? a huge difference- certainly in conditions and salary) and Au Pair- which have totally different status.

As long as you speak your local language as a family most of the time, there would be nothing wrong I suppose to ask the Au Pair to help for a couple of hours with her MT- but not on a day to day basis. As said, the whole point of an Au Pair is that they get a chance to learn a new language, and experience a new culture. We had many Au Pairs here in French speaking Switzerland, when I was a kid- to help my part-time working mum and learn French (so they can be of the same country, as long as the language spoken in the home is different).
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Old 05.10.2015, 12:07
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Re: The Au Pair/Nanny employment thread (no ads!)

Exactly, if the Au pair speaks Spanish as MT I would speak with her English or German and my partner would speak to her German (he's swiss), we would only ask her to speak Spanish to the boys. do you think that's doable?
regarding the hours I agree and as Im self employed, I have the flexibility, also I'm aware of the German classes, etc. Im offering a live in position.
I know the difference between all of them and I'm just wondering how to do it with the language since its not good for the boys to be spoken other than spanish or German, at least for the next year.
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Not easy. The rules are clear:

"The host family and the Au Pair can not have the same mother tongue, be related in any kind of way or have the same nationality"

http://www.perfectway.ch/en/for-fami...formation.html

As an au pair would be with you to learn German she couldn't already speak the language.

Also what type of permit do you hold? In some cantons only C permit holders can hire au pairs. Don't know if Zurich is one of those though.
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Re: The Au Pair/Nanny employment thread (no ads!)

Ok thanks. the permit is not an issue. Will talk to the speech therapist about it.

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Not easy. The rules are clear:

"The host family and the Au Pair can not have the same mother tongue, be related in any kind of way or have the same nationality"

http://www.perfectway.ch/en/for-fami...formation.html

As an au pair would be with you to learn German she couldn't already speak the language.

Also what type of permit do you hold? In some cantons only C permit holders can hire au pairs. Don't know if Zurich is one of those though.
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