Responsibilities beyond childcare...
- Pack up the children’s school bags in the morning
- Empty the dishwasher
- Help to take the trash out
- Prepare meals (breakfast, lunch (boxes), snacks and help with dinners if they are still on duty)
- Pick up and sweep main family area after meals or play
- Pick up toys, organize the children’s belongings and keeping main areas clean
- Wash/ dry/ put away the children’s laundry
- Drive the children to different activites, to/ from school
- Help with anything related to the children during their assigned working hours
- Clean the whole house
- Scrub the toilets/ clean all the bathrooms
- Provide house maintenance or make repairs
- Wash the parent’s laundry or clean/ pick up their room
- Be the chef and be responsible for all meals, and not beyond their working hours
- Be the maid… they main focus is childcare
- Work beyond the 45 hours per week/ 10 hours per day, which include both childcare and chores
However, as a part of the family, au pairs are expected to also help according to the common sense of a good “roommate”. So for example, if they are off duty but eat dinner with your family, they will help you and the kids getting the table ready and putting the dishes away.
Additionally, they are also responsible for cleaning their own room (and bathroom if they have their own), washing their own linens, clothes, shopping for their own toiletries, etc.