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
Child Development Training
This part of the training focuses on physical development, cognitive, and language development as well as emotional and social development.
(Infants, Toddlers, Pre-schoolers, and kindergartners)
- Basic child care
- Behavior challenges
- Importance of play
- 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.