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Old 29.11.2011, 21:38
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Headhunted Au Pair - what are the steps to hiring her ?

We are a Scandinavian family who has lived in UK for 3 years and will be moving to Switzerland in January. We have two children (age 4 + 1). In order to ensure a smooth transition to Switzerland/Basel-land for our children, we are thrilled to have managed headhunting their favourite British babysitter to be our au pair.

She just turned 28 and is very excited about moving to Switzerland, living with our family, getting international experience and learning German.

She will have her own room in our house - and we will of course pay for her German course + health insurance.

We move to Switzerland mid January and would love to bring her with us then.

Which exact steps do we need to take to make this happen?

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Welcome to the Forum.

In this Sticky - Questions answered before you ask there is quite a lot of information about au pairs - the rulings and other relevant matters. Check it out carefully. I don't think you can bring an English speaking girl as an au pair to work in an English speaking family for a start. The idea is to learn the local language within the family one is working for.

Doubtless a few EFers will also be giving you information - some facts and perhaps a little fiction thrown in.
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Welcome to the Forum.

In this Sticky - Questions answered before you ask there is quite a lot of information about au pairs - the rulings and other relevant matters. Check it out carefully. I don't think you can bring an English speaking girl as an au pair to work in an English speaking family for a start. The idea is to learn the local language within the family one is working for.

Doubtless a few EFers will also be giving you information - some facts and perhaps a little fiction thrown in.
Don't forget the hearsay!!

Since you're Scandinavian, perhaps you can fudge the language part despite living in the UK ... as I've heard the rule is that they can't share your native language ...
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Welcome to the Forum.

In this Sticky - Questions answered before you ask there is quite a lot of information about au pairs - the rulings and other relevant matters. Check it out carefully. I don't think you can bring an English speaking girl as an au pair to work in an English speaking family for a start. The idea is to learn the local language within the family one is working for.

Doubtless a few EFers will also be giving you information - some facts and perhaps a little fiction thrown in.
But she can just be "an employee" which has a whole different set of rules.
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Old 29.11.2011, 23:04
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But she can just be "an employee" which has a whole different set of rules.
Actually I wanted to add a bit more but then decided I'd probably get myself into trouble with the 'babysitter' and 'nanny' titles which are often used for something other than the original meaning. Using the word 'employee' didn't enter my head.
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Actually I wanted to add a bit more but then decided I'd probably get myself into trouble with the 'babysitter' and 'nanny' titles which are often used for something other than the original meaning. Using the word 'employee' didn't enter my head.
It does get complicated doesn't it.
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