I'm a childminder and the family with 2 of the sisters I look after, have an au pair. Long, long story but she wants out (and everyone on here who knows, can understand why). She's got one more year of a course at Reading College so needs to be local to there HOWEVER I know she was including London in the areas she was looking, but I think this may have been just for work during the summer? Do you want me to ask her?
Starry - welcome to the world of Supermum's!! In theory an AP sounds just what you need but in practice it is just like having another child around the house (unless you are extremely lucky). Let's talk about it tomorrow night!! The AP Looney knows is really nice but I think travelling to Reading would cost her more than her pocket money (not wages!!). I use au-pair-world.net and have a new AP starting in September.
Have you considered a cleaner?? Its the best £20 a week I spend and I get a bit of adult conversation every week. You probably wouldn't get this with an AP (unless you go for an older woman!).
MrsRecycle, unless you are kidnapped by foxcub I shall see you tomorrow, am registered on aupair world, that is where I got my last one from and she was a gem. But it seems rather slow there at the moment, last time I got 30 applications a day!
Can't do you an au pair but can do you a fab live-in nanny (lovely filipino lady) from the end of August? Great with kids, fantastic cook and housekeeper. Wants to be based West London. CAT me if of any interest.