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Au pair for family in Oxford, UK, start sept 2010

Au pair for family in Oxford, UK, start sept 2010

American family with 2 children  is looking for an au pair to start sept 2010, pocket money will be £ 90/ week and will involve 35 hoyrs childcare related duties

If you like this family and would like to apply please contact us on and we will be delighted to send you an application form.

La famille:

We are two American university professors who are going to spend a year in Oxford, UK, arriving in September. We have spent the two previous summers in London and are now coming to England for a full 12 months. We would love to find an au pair who will come to live with us and share in the experience!

Steve will be doing research and away most days; Sue will be working at home (on computer). We tend to be busy but not hectic.

Because we will be in Oxford as visitors ourselves, we will enjoy visiting places of interest in and around the area and will be happy for au pair to participate as much as she likes.

Our two boys, aged 4 and 6, will be in school and we will need the au pair to help take and collect them and also to do babysitting for us approximately twice per week in the evening.

Les enfants:





6 hrs at school

active, bright, verbal; loves trains, books, puzzles, stories





6 at nurrsery

Affectionate, cute; also loves trains, books, puzzles

Au pair in Jersey

Au pair in Jersey

Jersey is located off the coast of Normandy/ Brittany but is a British isle.

The brief job description is as follows:

Host family – Au pair (Live in) driver, reasonable English for family with 3 kids:  2 girls age 12 and a 15 month baby (baby goes to nursery everyday) and 1 boy age 13 years.  The older children are very independent and fun to be around. The family live on a farm close to a beach near St Martins in Jersey, Channel Islands.  Duties include: extra pair of hands and help to take the pressure of the parents, occasional babysitting on the odd weekend, occasional cooking, helping with kitchen duties i.e. keeping the kitchen clean, unloading and stacking the dishwasher, some clothes washing, ironing and putting clothes away, keeping the kids rooms tidy (they already have a cleaner that comes twice a week), help with looking after the kids and taking them to the beach, preparing evening meals, supervising kids homework.  Pocket money: £80 for 30 hours work per week.  The father is a self employed farmer in agriculture and his partner works part time for the Royal court in Jersey.

START DATE: Beginning of June for 9-12 months

If you are interested in this position please fill in the au pair application that you will find in the how to apply section on or contact us so that we can send you the form

Internship in Great Britain – London

Internship in Great Britain – London

If you’re interested in this offer, please contact us on or download the application form on our website

Work Placement Job Description Administrative Assistant

Working closely with administrators and assisting in the following areas:

Answering and making telephone calls as and when required. Giving general information about courses and logging all incoming telephone calls. Maintaining and updating School computer records as and when necessary. Inputting of new information on a weekly/daily basis as and when necessary.

Typing letters as and when required; confirming acceptance on courses before signature by School Administrator/Principal. Dealing with queries from the Home Office, confirming attendance on courses of study, relating to student records. Preparing School attendance letters and certificates for students who have completed their studies; ensuring a supply of standard information letters/leaflets/application forms are available for distribution as and when required.

3-Student enrolment
Providing prospective students/their representatives with application forms and enrolment tests, assisting students/their representatives with the completion of application forms when necessary, checking completed application forms, preparing receipts/timetables for new students under the instruction of School Administrator.

4-Collection of monies
Checking outstanding payments and collecting student fees, examination fees, book monies, social activities and Student Union card payments as and where due. Handing out slips for payment – for those students who pay instalmentally and following it up by calling them to the office if they do not come during the break.

5-Student Welfare
Noting and passing on all student queries/problems/matters for concern to the School Administrator. Ensuring that all new students have received a course/work book and welcome pack. Compiling the student welcome pack and ensuring that there are sufficient materials in stock and re-ordering where necessary. Making sure that the information on the Student Welfare Notice board is current and properly displayed. Bringing to the attention of the School Administrator any matters relating to student welfare.

6-Course materials
Carrying out stock checks on course/resource materials when required. Listing termly course/resource materials loaned to students/teachers, maintaining records of course materials sold/loaned to students/teachers.

7-Teacher Liaison
Logging and dealing where authorised/possible any general teachers’ queries. Coordinating procedures regarding the re-enrolment of students for the future term and liasing with teachers on information supplied or to be supplied by students for the current term.

8-Host Family Accommodation
Taking telephone enquiries and sending out relevant documents regarding prospective host families. Helping to ensure that Host Family / accommodation documents are kept up-to-date.

9-School premises
Helping to ensure an adequate supply of school prospectuses, posters, welcome packs, application forms and examination leaflets are displayed, where appropriate, in school. Liaising with teachers for the safe storage of teaching materials, ie cassette players, tapes, books etc. Helping to ensure the return of teaching materials by teachers and course materials by students to store. Checking classrooms have been left in order (bins emptied in all rooms including the toilets and staff room, windows shut), at the end of teaching sessions and school is securely shut, when necessary.

10-Office supplies/equipment
Helping to ensure adequate supplies of general school and exam stationery, forms, receipts, standard letters, prospectuses. Helping to ensure adequate supplies of miscellaneous school items: ie, tea, coffee, sugar, cups, toilet rolls; replacing the stock when necessary and arranging for further supplies of same. Informing the School Administrator if and when equipment needs to be serviced/repaired.

Liasing with teachers and students regarding information about Cambridge Examinations; passing information to teachers/students and external candidates on registration procedures, examination fees, dates and timetables. Collecting and recording payment of examination fees assisting with paperwork regarding examination registration; invigilating as and when required, assisting in the completion of documentation as an exam centre. Dealing with the despatch of results slips and certificates. Issuing practice exam materials to Crest students and recording the scores. Making sure that the information on the Exam Notice board is current and properly displayed.

12-Social activities
Helping with arrangements for school social activities, e.g. School coach trips/theatre visits, end of term/Xmas parties, as and when required. Issuing Student Union cards and dealing with necessary documentation. Making sure that the information on the Social Notice board is current and properly displayed. Bringing to the attention of the School Administrator any requests relating to student social activities.

Keeping all notice boards up-to-date and tidy. Assisting with all general office duties; filing, data input, clerical, telephoning and matters relating to the school and examinations and any other duties required by the School Administrator or Principal.

Dress code: Smart casual. No jeans.

Au pair in New Zealand – long term au pair

Au pair in New Zealand – long term au pair

If you’re interested in this offer, please contact us on or download the application form on our website
Hi there,
My husband (Rick) and I live in the beautiful beachside town of Orewa, Auckland, NZ. We have 2 boys, Brodie is turning 1 year old this week and Ethan is almost 3 years old. We currently have an Au Pair from Germany who has become part of our family. Sadly she will be leaving us on the 6th May, and we are looking for another Au Pair to fill in when she leaves. We live 8 minutes walk to beach and shops, and have a 5 bedroom, plus study house. The Au Pair will have their own room, share the downstairs bathroom with the kids, we also have a seperate playroom/lounge with tv and couches. The Au Pair can spend time in there in the evenings, or with us in the lounge.
Rick is 31 and a self employed builder – enjoys surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, motorcross and has recently joined the coastguard, Heidi is 32 and a Sales Rep – enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding, spending time at the beach/park. We have been happily married for 6 years and enjoy doing things together in the weekends. Ethan adores his little brother, is toilet trained, loves playing with his friends, riding his bike, kindergarden, the beach and the park. Brodie has just started walking, loves smiling, playing with his big brother, sleeps through the night and is a great eater!
We require someone who loves kids, has had experience with them, preferably someone who has cared for 1 year olds before. They will do light housework downstairs once a week, clean boys clothes and put away, plus keep their rooms tidy. We will need the Au Pair to look after them Mon, Tues & Thurs for 10 hours a day. We would like someone who is bubbly, enthusiastic and really enjoys playing with children and teaching them new things.  We can pay NZ$180 per week (after tax) and are willing to pay NZ$500 towards their return airfare.
Many thanks,
Heidi May
Irish family – Au pair beginning May 2010 (posted 12/04/2010)

Irish family – Au pair beginning May 2010 (posted 12/04/2010)

March 2010

Dear Au Pair

We are a family living in Northern Ireland who is looking for some temporary help whilst I am recovering from an operation to my back. We have two children, Toby aged 5 (nearly 6) and Tilly aged 3 (and 1 cat who has adopted us as its family).

We live in a very rural but beautiful coastal location and therefore you’d need to be able to drive and ideally enjoy the outdoors life. We live 12 miles away from the Giants Causeway on the North Coast of Northern Ireland and so there are plenty of hiking/walking opportunities as well as seaside/water activities available (surfing is popular but be prepared for the water being very cold!).

I have had to stop work in preparation for the operation as I am in considerable pain despite a considerable amount of medication. I also am unable to drive because of this. My work is based 20 miles away from where we live and it was easier when we had children (and because I wanted to continue working) to arrange childminding facilities and schooling nearer to my work, but obviously now that causes problems with getting the children to and from school/our childminder.

Toby attends Millstrand Integrated Primary School in Portrush (15 miles) and Tilly goes to a childminder full-time in Portstewart (5 miles from Portrush). Tilly will start nursery at the school in September.

You’ll have use of a car while you’re here as we’re very rural – closest small town is 2 miles (Ballycastle) and the main town is 18 miles (Coleraine).

We live in a contemporary style house that we built two years ago on a plot of land 2 miles outside of Ballycastle. We are on an elevated site so there are 360 degree views of valleys, a mountain and the sea in the distance.

The children each have their own rooms so the 4th bedroom would be your room. This has a built in wardrobe space, double bed, bedside tables, drawer unit and a digital radio. It has double aspect windows with views over the local countryside. The house has wireless internet access and you’d have access to the family computer if required. The bathroom is immediately next door which would only be shared with the children. Mine and Francis’ bedroom has its own ensuite.

The living space is made up of a formal sitting room (which is my favourite place to escape to when it’s quiet) and an open plan kitchen/dining/family room where we spend most of our time as a family. The kitchen has all modern facilities and there’s also a separate utility room. There is a galleried landing with sofa bed on the 3rd floor where there is separate TV/internet access if you wanted to be more separate from the family at any stage.

Your daily routine would include getting the children ready for school/childminder including preparing lunchboxes, driving them to school/childminder, doing some light housework, helping to prepare family meals, picking up the children from school/childminder and helping with the bedtime routine. We’d hope that you’d be able to do some light housework while you’re with us, such as dusting, tidying, vacuuming, ironing and laundry.

As a family we enjoy outdoor activities, going to the beach, swimming in the local leisure centre, going to the cinema, the children love the two local parks and socializing with friends. Tilly is still in nappies but we are in the process of potty training her as she starts nursery school in September.

The children can be noisy at times as all children can be but generally they’re easily entertained with stories, DVD’s, going out, playing the Nintendo Wii and playing with numerous toys that they own. Tilly is definitely more the outdoors type and very independent – happy to keep herself entertained. Toby is more sensitive and quite fussy when it comes to food but he’s starting to try new things so we’re slowly introducing new foods to him. They play well together and keep each other company but also love having friends over to play.

If you swim that would be great as both children love going swimming – Toby attends swimming classes every Saturday morning and is doing really well. We have a local health club of which we’re members and there’s also a leisure centre in Coleraine (18 miles).

Francis loves horse-racing and uses the studying and watching of it to unwind from quite a stressful job. I love gardening but given my current health and the fact we haven’t yet had chance to develop the outside space of the house, I don’t get a lot of opportunities to do it currently.

The family is a member of the National Trust so you’d be able to use the membership card for any days out.

There is a nightclub and several pubs in the local town and a more extensive student population and nightlife in Portrush/Portstewart (15 – 20 miles). Belfast is 50 miles away where there is a huge amount for visitors to see and do.

Check out for more extensive visitor information on Northern Ireland or for more information on the local area.

We very much look forward to welcoming you into our family and home.

Best Wishes

Louise and Francis

Îf you are interested in this family for the summer time May to September roughly, please register with us by completing the application. You can either print it out of the website (formulaires section) or we can send you the forms via e mail upon request. Do not hesitate to contact us on

The English Corner Team Stuck in the UK Due To Volcano Ash Cloud

The English Corner Team Stuck in the UK Due To Volcano Ash Cloud

We are sorry we were late in replying to your enquiries over the past 5 days. We were stuck in Bristol for a few days and had limited access to e mails. We eventually decided to take a ferry in Portsmouth to get back to France. So here we are again back in the office and happy to be able to help again.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Deserted airport Bristol
Companion for old English lady- good job

Companion for old English lady- good job

Margaret D- Au pair/ Companion (Live in – separate accommodation) experienced driver and communicative English essential for a friendly and independent elderly lady aged 87 years old. She lives near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (45 minutes by car from Oxford). This is an exceptionally nice and easy job for 18 hours per week, ideal for a kind individual with an appreciation of the arts. She is looking for someone who would be willing to go shopping with her, read and play games, and accompany her to concerts, the ballet and opera and can push her in her wheelchair (she is handicapped and can’t walk but is not an invalid and doesn’t need a carer or nursing as she can look after herself). Other duties include keeping her little house reasonably clean and tidy: Light cleaning, stacking/unstacking the dishwasher, dusting & sweeping, a little bit of washing and ironing. Salary: £75 for 18 hours work per week to include own self contained flat provided nearby in High Wycombe plus use of car (all flat, car expenses including petrol and English classes paid for). The au pair can also have another job on the side providing it doesn’t impact her main job. The lady is a qualified English teacher and former diplomat’s wife. START DATE: 16th of June for 12 months

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