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TWO PART ADVANCED TRAINING. Orientation and Training Program

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Pre-departure Project and Online Training

All au pairs are required to complete their pre-departure project and online training before their arrival in the United States. In order to fulfill the U.S. Department of State’s training requirements, they must spend at least 4 hours preparing the pre-departure project which they will bring to the United States. It will be evaluated during the Orientation and Training program by our instructors. Au pairs will also present their project to their new host parents when they arrive in their home.

We prepare our au pairs for their upcoming year by making sure they have all of the knowledge and skills needed to provide the best care to their host family's children. They have to complete an online portion of child safety and child development training, and pass online assessments. We also provide our au pairs with an online driving course which includes up-to-date information and proven safety techniques to help them handle difficult driving situations. It will refresh their knowledge and improve their driving skills as well as prepare them to be a driver in the United States.

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The Orientation and Training Program

All au pairs attend the Orientation and Training Program upon arrival in the United States. Au Pair 4 Me provides this program in accordance with the U.S. Department of State’s regulations and the au pair’s attendance at all sessions is mandatory in order to fulfill the requirements. The materials related to child safety, caring for children, first aid, CPR and AED are provided by the American Red Cross. The program is taught by American Red Cross Instructors and professionals from both the education and health-care fields.

Au Pair 4 Me teachers conduct discussions, activities, and lead hands-on training that help reinforce learning. This program increases confidence, thoughtful decision-making, and prepares the au pair for a successful experience caring for children.

Our Orientation and Training Program is divided into three parts:

Being an Au Pair

  • Program Rules and Regulations, the J-1 visa regulations
  • Insurance policy
  • American culture and the main cultural differences
  • Adaptation to the new life with American family and the challenges of living in a new culture
  • Culture shock
  • Communication with host parents and children
  • Au pair as a leader and role model
  • Behavior

Child Development Training

This part of the training focuses on physical development, cognitive, and language development as well as emotional and social development.

First session
(Infants, Toddlers, Pre-schoolers, and kindergartners)

  • Basic child care
  • Behavior challenges
  • Importance of play

Second session
(School-age children)

  • Personality changes
  • Peer-group influence
  • Physical growth
  • Discipline challenges and problem solving
  • Building self-esteem

Child Health and Safety Training

  • The American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED training.
  • First Aid for Caregivers
  • Age-appropriate activities and toys
  • Child Safety - Preventing Accidents and Injuries
  • Common health problems and disabilities among children
  • Emergency procedures

Special Needs Training

Au Pair 4 Me provides special needs training for au pairs who are going to take care of children with special needs. The host families do not have to be concerned about the competence of au pairs because they are prescreened for this specialty. We will make sure that our au pairs are well trained and know exactly how to take care of children with special needs.