Or is it just me? All of my au pair's friends are shocked to find out that we don't care about her boyfried coming over and staying the night. Apparently other host families don't do that? Wondering why, I mean if it makes sense to let her friends sleep over then why not boyfriends too?
Yes we do, always have. I have never had an issue with boyfriends/girlfriends staying as well as friends, I just clarify that it needs to be at weekends, when au pair is not working, and they need to tell us in advance.
I wouldn't care but last summer we went away for a weekend and took our au pair with us, I said he could bring his girlfriend and DS was jealous of any attention that our au pair gave his girlfriend. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't as laid back as it would have been with just the au pair.
Also, when we are at home and H is there I sleep in my sewing room which is next to the au pairs room and the sound-proofing isn't great so I would prefer not to have friends or girlfriends to stay. The last time H was away with the DC our au pair had a friend staying and I barely noticed, but it's quite a full house when everyone is there.
I think it would depend on the au pair, how sensible they seemed and how far their partner had to travel - if they were from their home country I would probably say yes. If it was some bloke/girl from down the road I would wonder why they needed to stay at our place.
Of course, and my kids have sleepovers all the time. If I had an Au Pair I would class her as an adult; and an adult who happened to work for me. No, I would not be hosting Au Pair sleepovers in my house.
I think not allowing ap to have boyfriend/friends stay over unless they are local is quite mean actually... it may be an inconvenience to you for a night but you are getting very cheap and flexible childcare IN EXCHANGE for allowing them to consider your house (or at least their bedroom) their HOME.
as long as its not a regular thing or for religious reasons (which should of course have been made clear before they arrived) of course they should be allowed friends/boyfriends over to stay occasionally
I have specifically told our au pairs that they can have overnight guests with our prior agreement. So boyfriends, yes. Visiting siblings / friends, yes. Random one night stand, er, no! I think it's part of treating them like a grown up and like part of the family. I wouldn't expect a boyfriend to stay for a prolonged visit, or to be involved in looking after the children, so I wouldn't be thinking about police checks. But this hasn't been an issue for us, yet... Interesting to read people's views.
No we don't allow it unless we go away on holiday and if they are staying in the house then yes. Reasons... I select my AP's carefully and take refs etc, I do not have a say in their taste of men, AP's are not family so their boyfriend would effectively be letting a stranger about whom i know little sleep under the same roof as my children, I do not want my children thinking mixed sleepovers are normal.
We are absolutely clear up front ( at interview stage) this is not permitted under any circumstances and I have not had a problem. I did once let one AP have one to stay but she had been with us a while and talked to us a lot about him
@Head - something about your statement that 'aps are not part of the family' is just poking at my eye. I have always thought of au pairs as my younger sisters, daughters, cousins.. All of my aps were included in everything and we tried to make them feel at home as much as possible. And letting aps boyfriend stay over is a part of that.
How can you think of your ap's as your daughters, when you're employing them to look after your children. Isn't it blurring the lines a little? If they're your kid's caregivers then they're definitely "adult", even if they happen to be teenagers in actual years... And you'd presumably need a working relationship rather than them assuming the role of just another moody mardy "teenager" to be looked after by you. What's the point?