Hi - looks like our 3rd au pair may be on her way. Quick question - we have offered to pay £90 a week which I think is quite generous (we are in Hertfordshire/borders of London) - maybe I am wrong? however she has now said she wants language lessons too which are about £280 a term (this is the only college course she can get on)- are we expected to pay for these too? Thanks
That's expensive - twice as much as we are expecting to pay.
The agency we used says an au pair shouldn't be expected to spend more than about £10 a week on language lessons, so if you were paying the average pocket money it would be reasonable for you to top them up. However you are already paying her £20-30 more than the standard rate.
Are these lessons expensive because they are more than 4 hours a week (which seems to be the standard for £130ish courses) or because someone is making a lot of money out of them? If she's not getting more lessons than the standard it seems a bit harsh that she has to spend a lot on them and I would be inclined to be generous. OTOH if she's getting more lessons than the average au pair maybe it's reasonable she spends more of her pocket money on them.
when I say 'twice as much' I mean the lesson cost, not the au pair pocket money - ours gets £60 which is at the lower end but she hasn't started her classes yet and we will pay about half the cost plus her bus fares.
We pay £80 a week for 35 hours and do not pay for lessons, We're in London. I do however offer to loan them the money and they can then pay me back over x weeks as I found the AP's often don't have that much cash up front.
We pay £65 per week for 25 hours (plus 2 nights babysitting - altho reality is more like twice a month!) and we usually offer to pay for first course on successful completion and then after that its up to them to pay.
YOu are not expected to pay for language school and the agencies I have used have gone mad when I have said that I was thinking of contributing. I pay £70 a week in london but she has the dossiest job. 2 hours cleaning twice a week, one hour ironing, a few hours playing with the kids and certainly no more than 22 hours a week work even though I pay her for 25 hours. I only really need her to help me out if work hours are unpredictable and for babysitting as we do like to go out in the evening so I would resent paying more.
No, you are not expected to pay for language classes.
If you want to contribute, then do not pay up front or the full amount. She is more ikely to stick it out if she pays for it herself. You could pay for her exam fee at the end of the course, if you want to be generous.
We pay the maximum at 105 per week but we're in London and its for 35 hours but don't contribute towards language lessons. 90 is good also as I know a lot of families pay less.
We've found that a lot of the London language schools are very expensive (rip off!) so its a real incentive for au pairs to find the type of class they need at a reasonable price and travel if necessary if they pay themselves. For example if they are intending to take exams to go to University here (our last au pair has stayed in London to go to University) or just improve their English.
We keep extra incentives for things like paying towards travel home at Christmas and New Year as we want them to spend the time as a child in their own family rather than ours..
We pay £65 a week for 25 hours and an extra £20 for cleaning.
You are not expected to pay for language classes, the whole point is for them to come to the UK as an au pair to learn English how they learn it is their responsibility.
Whereabouts in Herts are you? My AP goes to language classes on our High St at WORKNET and they are free for residents (you provide a letter to state they are living with you). Its on Shenley Rd in BOrehamwood if that is anywhere near you. Or find out out if there is a worknet near you.