For those of you that host an au pair in your family, what would you recommend as the best place to find a match? Do most people find through family or local connections, or do people usually use agencies?
I'm thinking that an Au Pair might well be the way to go for me and my daughter, and I think I could offer good terms and a nice home
We used au pair world too. Its a lot cheaper than using an agency but means you have to do the vetting and leg work yourself. I preferred that though as I knew that it had been done properly rather than trusting someone else.
Vetting; askthe au pair to arrange a police check/crb check in their home country. They will usually know how to do this, if not google is your friend, but i would worry if the ap candidate didnt have the understanding how to google and find out about this on their own. 2) google them. Face book them, befriend them on every social metworking site. This will give you a good idea of who they are. Tell them its so they can get to know you and the family but its really so you can check them out. Defriend any unsuccessful candidates. 3) ask for references in writing. 4) ask current au pair to interview as well, this is really useful for everyone as the ap can give insight and different questions can be asked. I have found this a great help. My ap are really protective of my children and would not hand them over to a new ap they did not like. 5) your gut feeling is usually right.