Note: Please bear in mind that whilst this topic does canvass opinions, it is not a fight club. You may disagree with other posters but we do ask you please to stick to our Talk Guidelines and to be civil. We don't allow personal attacks or troll-hunting. Do please report any. Thanks, MNHQ.

Following on from worst au pair job in the world AIBU

(95 Posts)
Sleepyhoglet Thu 20-Jun-13 18:56:14

I think I may just have found another. Come on Mumsnetters. Lets send some emails to this ridiculous advert. £25 a week pocket money to do childcare for a 4 year old. £25!

http://www.gumtree.com/p/jobs/au-pair-4-months-summer-job-by-sea-woolacombe-to-look-after-4y-old-boy-help/1022523111

humdumaggapang Fri 21-Jun-13 00:30:17

Those sorts.of wages were average really when I was an au pair at 18. I always felt it unjust but I wanted to be in America and away from my parents so I put up with it. Annoys me now.

Why does Jersey bitch need 2 au pairs? That's just greedy. Lazy cow.

humdumaggapang Fri 21-Jun-13 00:40:23

Also why is babysitting 2-3 evenings a week? Do they ever see the kids?

dilanddan Fri 21-Jun-13 08:58:46

Jersey parents must think they're Princess Di and Charles... their eldest son is "William" and youngest son "Harry"... Just saying

Toffee noses!! I really hate the snobbery of those requiring au-pairs, seriously; you might be minted, but if you're going to have children, look after them yourself!! (or use nurseries and play schemes like the rest of us "commoners")

CruCru Fri 21-Jun-13 10:17:03

Problem is, people don't seem to realise how dangerous it is to leave small children with an unqualified, inexperienced teenager. I would have been really frightened to be left with a small child when I was 18.

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 21-Jun-13 10:23:52

Dil all kinds of us use aps - all you need is a spare bedroom. We always choose people over 25 and our last aps have been qualified teachers from eu countries just fancying a gap year.

We are horrified by some of the stories their friends tell - one was given a caravan to live in - in the front garden in a city sad anyone could have found out she was in there and broken in.

megsmouse Fri 21-Jun-13 10:27:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NicknameIncomplete Fri 21-Jun-13 10:35:37

Did i mention i luvs luxury clothes and have experience in luxury clothes.

Hmm i might apply for that one.wink

The Jersey one asks for a photo, is that normal? I'm assuming if the applicants are not attractive enough (or fat or disabled) she can save herself the bother of responding.

cory Fri 21-Jun-13 11:52:45

What we need is something like that agency Lord Peter Whimsey used to run, you know the one where dodgy adverts would get answered by the likes of Miss Climpton and her younger colleagues.

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 21-Jun-13 11:52:55

Totally normal to have a photo - the agencies all provide them.

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 21-Jun-13 11:53:17

Cory, yes, the cattery?

ZZZenagain Fri 21-Jun-13 11:55:16

I don't find it unreasonable to ask for a photo. I suppose it helps you get an impression of what the person is like - that in combination with a phone call. If you are interviewing in person anyway or using skype, I agree it doesn't seem very important.

The one with the photo agency which placed so much emphasis on looking good was odd though.

BarbarianMum Fri 21-Jun-13 12:06:27

<<Problem is, people don't seem to realise how dangerous it is to leave small children with an unqualified, inexperienced teenager. >>

But not all 18 year olds are inexperienced w. small children. I started looking after the children of the local piano teacher for 9 hrs a week when I was 14. She was around (giving lessons) while I did the after school playing, cooking and serving dinner, bathtime routines, so I had help on hand in case of emergency. By 18 I had a lot of hours experience of hands-on, solo care (there never was an emergency) and was perfectly confident and competant to au pair.

InViennaWeWerePoetry Fri 21-Jun-13 14:26:04

Certainly with FDD the language barrier was as much as a lack of experience with looking after children. It's all very well babysitting on a regular basis, but being left alone with a small child 35+ hours a week in a strange country where neither of you can really communicate with each other properly is another issue altogether.

InViennaWeWerePoetry Fri 21-Jun-13 14:34:22

This one I really don't get: "The mum returns to work in September from maternity leave, she will be working 3 days per week and the other 2 days she will be around the house a little. The role is entirely sole charge though." Why would you want an au pair to have sole charge of your children the days you're not working? hmm

fromparistoberlin Fri 21-Jun-13 14:48:07

i emailed the slave couple twatters

I could say so so so so much more but really restraining !!!!

IOnlyNameChangeInACrisis Fri 21-Jun-13 16:36:25

There are a lot of people out there who don't understand that the difference between an au pair and a nanny ISN'T just live in/spending money vs actually proper salary.

Is that photo one an au pair for the dogs? Or children? Or a way of employing someone for a photography business without having to pay them properly?

HoneyStepMummy Fri 21-Jun-13 17:08:35

I think the creepy one is looking for a live in luvvver/swinger/sex slave or someone to do porn with. I'm sure it doesn't cost that much to hire someone to work in photography. Either that, or it's a creepo who will snatch the lucky candidate's passport and force them to work as a prozzie and live in their cellar shock

Meringue33 Fri 21-Jun-13 17:22:49

Agreed, Honey it's some sort of code isn't it sad Ughhh!!!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now