January 2015 Newsletter

Hi Host Families & Au Pairs,
 
Here’s what’s going on in January:
 
 
New Arrivals
We had one new au pair arrive to our group in December and another will be arriving in January.  Please welcome Bruna (from Brazil) to a host family in Port Orchard and Natali (from Brazil) to a host family in Steilacoom.  Attached you will find an updated au pair contact list.
 
 
Upcoming Au Pair Meetings
  • Saturday, Jan. 24th:  Au Pair Meeting–movie night (please note this is a Saturday)
  • Sunday, Feb. 22nd:  Au Pair Meeting–Olympia (trying to arrange for tour of the Capitol)
  • Sunday, March 15th:  Au Pair Meeting–to be determined
 
Host Family & Au Pair Referrals
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all host families and au pairs that have referred their friends to the au pair program!  I love educating new families around the country about our program and helping them determine if it is a good fit for their family.  I also enjoy meeting the several new families in our group that were referred by current host families–it is a great way to grow our group, which always helps the local au pairs.  Please be sure to let me know of any friends (local or across the country) you have that might be interested in learning more about au pair childcare.  I would love to speak with them directly and will always to my best to make sure that you receive the referral bonus (several families in our group have received this).  You can direct any referrals directly to me and my website (http://srobinson.aupairnews.com/) for further information.
 
Household Handbook
I believe that all families and au pairs can benefit and have a successful time together if there is a household handbook available.  This tool is a great resource for au pairs and host families and can prevent miscommunication during your program term.  I have attached my family’s handbook for those families that are interested in putting together a handbook for their household. 
Au Pair Travel Option
Trek America (http://www.trekamerica.com/aupairoffers great travel options for au pairs to see parts of the country in a safe, friendly environment.  They also offer a 20% discount to au pairs.  I have had several au pairs take these vacations over the years and have only heard positive feedback about the program.  I have brochures from Trek America that I will be handing out to new au pairs as they arrive.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the program.
Weekend Au Pair Course
Sojourner Douglass College provides weekend au pair classes all over the country (the closest to us are in San Francisco and Los Angeles).  This is an opportunity for au pairs to travel for a weekend and obtain a majority of their educational credits/hours.  Many au pairs in our group have expressed interest in this program, so I wanted to make everyone aware of the courses.  You can find complete information at:  http://www.weekendprogram.org/.
Au Pair Information Attachment
Attached is a document containing information that is useful for host families and au pairs (especially when an au pair first arrives).  It contains information regarding an au pair’s Social Security Card, WA Driver’s License, the Educational Component, Health Insurance, and Au Pair Meetings.  This is information we usually review when I meet with everyone for the 2 Week Orientation–it’s also available in a document for you to hold on to.  This information is also available on my website.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the information in the document or if you have any suggestions as to what else you would like to see added.
Out of Town
I will be out of the country for Cultural Care’s Executive Retreat from Thursday, Jan. 15th – Monday, Jan. 19th.  I will not have access to my cell phone or emails during this time.  I am in the process of finding an LCC to provide emergency coverage for our group while I am gone.  I will send this information out once it is arranged.
I would like to remind everyone that I am always available to answer any questions you may have or provide guidance throughout the year.  You can contact me via email or cell phone (206-851-0883).  I am here to help both host families and au pairs.  Please let me know if there is anything else I can be doing to help you.
Warmly,
Shelly

Monday, 5 January 2015 11:53 AM

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