COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of recent updates from the U.S. Department of State, CDC, and WHO regarding COVID-19, we have transitioned to a virtual Training and Orientation program for all au pairs as of March 23, 2020. This means that au pairs will complete the required orientation material with our team of instructors from the convenience of their own home. Au pairs will receive a link directly from the American Heart Association to complete an online CPR and First Aid course. This will include the hands on adult /child CPR portion of the certification. They will then have the opportunity to access a live skills assessment conducted by the AHA trainers over Zoom which will provide them with the opportunity to receive certification upon successful completion and assessment. For more details you can visit https://www.heart.org/en/cpr. Au pairs will then travel from their home country to their host family’s home without spending time in New York until further notice.
When Cultural Care au pairs travel to the U.S. to begin their year, they spend their first four days at the Cultural Care Au Pair Training School, located in New York. This time is an opportunity for au pairs to review child safety and development basics, start speaking English full-time and acclimate to life in the U.S.
At the Training School, all Cultural Care au pairs complete a comprehensive training and earn adult and pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid certification, taught by the American Heart Association. Au pairs are awarded a CPR and First Aid Certification upon successfully passing the practical exam at the end of the course. Cultural Care au pairs also attend a classroom course on driver’s safety intended to familiarize au pairs with American driving laws, signs and protocols.
In addition to classes related to the care of children, au pairs attend workshops designed to help them succeed in their new role. Workshop topics include complexities of the au pair role; stress management; effective communication; and how to build strong relationships.
Our Training School teachers are all veteran educators, and small class sizes allow them to give au pairs one-on-one attention and tailor the curriculum and group work to the ages of the children who will be in their care during the year. Teachers also facilitate role-playing and in-depth discussions and divide au pairs into teams so they can put what they learn into practice, address various issues and brainstorm solutions.
At the end of the 3 day-curriculum au pairs board buses to NYC, where they spend an afternoon sightseeing and taking photos. During this trip, as well as during meals and other time spent outside the classroom, au pairs have the chance to meet other au pairs who become a source of inspiration and comfort. These friendships often last throughout their au pair years and beyond.
Au pair training & preparation
Read more about how we train and prepare our au pairs before they arrive to host families.