Hello, I'm looking for an au-pair to start later in the year. Can anyone recommend any agencies that you can speak to that will then find someone for you. Rather than all the sites where you register your details then have to contact lots of au-pairs yourself or wait for them to contact you.
We're looking from someone from August as we already have 2DC and I just need an extra pair of hands as even though I'm at home with them, I'm coping exceptionally badly with being pregnant. I think in normal circumstances I'd want to do it all my self, but at this point I just need someone else to do the legwork.
Cinderella Au Pairs and Millenium do the legwork. Personally from lots of experience I'd do it yourself, save the £300ish agency fee because in the long run - read every post you can on here to psych yourself up - it is a complete lottery whether an au pair works out or not.
Thanks NewTeacher will try Abacus. I'd spoken to Imperial as they advertise locally but as frAKKINPannikin said they only do nannies and housekeepers and all the things I'd love but certainly can't afford. AtheneNoctua do you know someone who might be interested? We're looking for live-in, 25 hours/wk plus a couple of nights babysitting. I'm just looking for an extra pair of hands with the DC's and some help with the housework. I'm happy to have the hours over 4 days rather than 5 so they can take a long weekend or get some extra work. Main criteria is that they like being with little children and the DC like spending time with them. I want someone who's happy to play with them, read to them run around the park with them and happy to let my littlest sit on their lap down the slide in soft play for the 10th time in a row rather than just sit by and watch. All the stuff I find really hard when pregnant. would probably split the 25hrs 17hrs childbases 8hrs housework.
I got a brilliant AP through Childcare International last time and this time have found one through Abacus (but she hasn't started yet so can't be 100%). 1st Choice Au Pairs interview all the candidates (or their overseas agents do) and you can see a video of potential APs. Ideal if they have someone suitable.