Mini Mothers Help
An au pair will provide you with up to 30 hours worth of childcare, babysitting and help with light housework per week. But for some parents this is simply not enough. Thankfully, a Mini Mothers Help offers the ideal solution.
A Mini Mothers Help can be on duty for 35 hours per week including any evening babysitting and should be paid £120-150 week. If babysitting is not included in the 35 hours it must be treated as overtime and paid at £4 an hour. Your Mini Mothers Help should preferably not be asked to babysit on her days off but if really do need it & she wants to earn the extra money, it must be paid as overtime and plenty of advance notice given. Babysitting on her days off should always be negotiable and should not be a regular requirement. Babysitting hours are evening time only when the parents are out. Bear in mind that a Mini Mothers Help should have at least two days per week completely free of all work.
A mini mothers help is not a live in cleaner so housework duties must not exceed 20 % of their on duty hours (eg 7 hours a week in a 35 hour week). If you require more than this & the emphasis is on housework rather than childcare a live in Housekeeper is the appropriate choice.
The host family should contribute towards the cost of language classes (minimum £5 a week but as much as you can reasonably afford). Host families are required to help their mini mothers help find a suitable and affordable course locally and to assist them with the enrollment process. For those with very good to fluent English & therefore not attending language classes it would be a nice gesture to contribute something instead to a gym or other type of class should she wish to attend one.
In exchange for the help you’ll receive, you must provide the mini mother help with full board and their own room.
You will be expected to give your Mini Mothers Help two free days per week although they will also be able to provide you with two weeknights of babysitting out of their 35-40 weekly hours or paid as overtime. Remember it’s important to give your mini mothers help plenty of prior notice if you will require them to babysit on one of their days off or at the weekend. Babysitting hours hours are evening time only when the parents are out.