Before she leaves for the U.S., your au pair will be invited to attend a series of readiness workshops in her home country. These workshops are intended to help her better understand how American families live and what will be expected of her in her future household. Workshop topics include: program regulations, household duties, childcare duties and more.
At the same time, your au pair will also be required to complete a set of interactive and self-paced online modules called “MyAuPairCourses”. These courses focus on practical topics such as: food safety and childhood nutrition; safety inside and outside the home; child development and age-appropriate activities; and childrearing in the USA and behavior management strategies.
When Cultural Care au pairs arrive to the U.S. to begin their year, they spend the first four days at our Au Pair Training School in New York. Here they attend classroom courses that review information related to child safety and development. Au pairs also engage in role-playing activities and in-depth discussions with our veteran teaching staff.
While at the Training School, Cultural Care au pairs earn adult and pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid certification from American Red Cross instructors. In addition to their two-year certification, au pairs are given free access to online skill refreshers and digital course materials.
Cultural Care au pairs will attend a classroom course on driver’s safety, also delivered by the American Red Cross. This class is designed to familiarize au pairs with American driving laws, signs and protocols.
Au pairs also attend a personal safety course at the Training School, delivered by a NYC policeman. This class explains best practices for staying safe during the year.