A well-written Family Handbook should avoid many problems and questions. This notebook will be especially critical for Au Pair success in the beginning of her year and will become her “au pair bible”.
When an Au Pair comes to live with a host family, she will be new to living in the United States. Many host parents like to write down Family Handbook, where they set limits and rules from the start and in writing.
That gives the Au Pair a reference that she initially reads to understand host family’s rules and important information. This is also a reference she can use when she has forgotten something that parents have told her.
Some parents prefer that Au Pair reads Family Handbook and asks questions prior to matching. They believe that if an Au Pair read the Family Handbook prior to matching, that she knows the rules and will be very good at following them.
During the searches many parents email it to candidates. During the interview process, it helps cover many of the topics (particularly guest & vacation policies) to minimize misunderstandings. Parents and Au Pair can ask each other questions and discuss the details before the match.
A handbook may contain ‘absolute rules’, ‘expectations’ and ‘guidelines’. Every family does things differently and the following goAUPAIR Family Handbook (1) is for guidance only.