I’d like to give Retha Koekemoer, a big warm welcome to our team. She’ll be assisting in checking references, assisting candidates through our application process, checking documentation, setting up interviews and working closely with all of you going forward! Welcome Retha! we look forward to having you on the team for years to come!
Holiday Entertainment for the entire family in Cape Town this holiday, don’t miss out! Canal Walk presents Hansel and Gretel :
Dates: Sat, 25 June to Sun, 17 July 2011
Show times: Tues to Sun at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
Venue: Canal Walk Theatre – Central Court
Ticket price: R50 – Book at Computicket
One of the world’s best loved fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel, premières this winter at the Canal Walk Theatre in a spectacular new family musical by Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer. Based on the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, this exciting new musical is brought to life on stage with breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes and memorable songs. Television actress Chanelle De Jager, best known for her portrayal as Des du Pont in the much-loved soap Egoli, stars as the Wicked Witch. Fleur du Cap award winning actress Jenny Stead stars as Gretel and exciting new-comer Steven van Wyk plays her brother, Hansel. Pantomime and musical theatre stalwart, both locally and in the UK, Mark Sykes will feature as Hansel and Gretel’s father.
Not to be missed, Hansel and Gretel is the perfect holiday entertainment for the entire family! Of course, the wonderful theatre is complemented by the many world-class family shopping and leisure experiences offered at Canal Walk.
Another wonderful update for our staff and clients. We are adding candidate’s photo’s to profiles on our website. If you are listed with us, check out your profile in the next few days. We are uploading these manually so it may take some time before yours shows up. If you don’t like your current photo please send a new one to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please ensure that your photo is in an ID style but includes a lovely smile.
What we like:
What we don’t like:
Please do not send us photos including
- other people (or any part of another person either around you or next to you)
- Your friends
- Other people’s children
Sitters4U has just launched its updated website. The first thing you will notice is that Sitters4U no longer includes the frailcare section which is now available at www.frailcare 4u.co.za.
There are 3 places in which you can operate the sitters4u website, either using the quicklink section on the top right hand side of the page, or breadcrumb section under the main photo of each page or from the navigation bar at the top of the site.
In the first section ‘Au pairs’ you’ll find everything you need to know about using our service, including our new salary calculator. Using the calculator simply enter the number of hours you require per week, the minimum rate and maximum rate, you can use the guidelines provided to establish what hourly rate you should be offering, once you have entered this information this calculator establishes the salary you should be offering an au pair.
The au pair section also features a number of useful articles for parents to review, including interview guidelines, maintaining a good relationship with your au pair and everything you may need or want to know about the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
Next up on our service list is our babysitting club service. This service caters to long term babysitting clients looking for a reliable babysittiing service for occasional evening and weekend babysitting services. Most of our babysitters are teachers or au pairs by day and quality of staff and service, our number one priority. You can sign up for the club by clicking here.
Once signed up and registered, you can easily login at the top right hand corner of the site and make your bookings online. Select your chosen candidate , or leave it blank and complete the booking date and time. Its that simple. We then ensure that even if your regular sitter is not available, you have a number of babysitting options to choose from.
Our other services include frailcare services through the Frailcare4u website, housesitting, driver placements and the placement of tutors, facilitators, homeschool teachers, and trainers.
Moving on to our Apply section, you will notice the new news section displayed through out most pages of the website and throughout the entirety of the apply section. This feed makes it simple for candidates to see and receive new notifications about what new positions are available, i.e. Get an instant message via email everytime we have a new position available. You can subscribe to this feed by clicking the RSS button or filling in your email address for email notices on the website in the space provided below the feed. You can then respond immediately to positions as they become available. Please note only candidates that have been interviewed and approved for listing may respond to available positions.
We’d love to know how many of our candidates are using smart phones, or receive their email via their cellphones. Take the poll:
In our articles section you will find articles of interest such as , our positive discipline guide and information about the duties of au pairs and child carers. We also feature ‘How to’ guides for applying for listing with us, and a new section for updating your references and contact details for our already listed staff.
Au pairs, night nurses, babysitters, infant care specialists and drivers must all complete this form to apply. Tutors, home school teachers, facilitators and trainers can use this form, while house and pet sitters make use of this one.
Our application forms are all online making applications a simple 2 step process in order to be considered for positions. Complete the form and send your documentation as specified in the guide provided in order to be considered for interview.
We are looking for candidates for au pairing, babysitting, night nursing, infant care specialists, tutors, drivers, home school teachers and instructors. Listing and applying with Sitters4U is 100% free. Click here to recommend your friends to join our team. Please do remember that we require candidates to have professional experience with references, their own vehicle, a minimum of matric ( preferably higher) and a willingness to do a first aid course if not yet completed.
Over here you can find recommended childcare course providers.We highly recommend checking out the national first aid academy’s website if you are looking for a SETA approved coure provider at an excellent price.
For any other queries or questions, contact us by using the form on our contact page, or using one of the various methods provided on the contact page.
Sitters4U, putting you first, always.
I thought you might like to check out my daughters favourite new website. Visit songdrops.com
We love the duck and best friend songs, great for any age whether you are 2 or 95 years old, you will enjoy these. Have a wonderful long weekend everyone. Waddle, waddle.
The Baphumelele Children’s home needs your support. Its as easy as purchasing some of their gorgeous frames.
The home houses 160 children aged from 3 months to 19 years of age. On their premises are 4 labourers who produce gorgeous frames, black boards and pin boards, etc. 50% of the profit they make on everything they sell goes to the Children’s Home to buy food, nappies, etc. Contact Sue for enquiries on 0838681064 or email@example.com
Yesterday Facebook launched Facebook Places. Sounds great, it tells anyone where you are, even to the point of map location and street address. Anyone can find out where you are when you are logged in. It gives the actual address & map location of where you are as you use Facebook. Wait, hold on, that is the exact opposite of great, this is a very dangerous application. If your teenagers are using Face Book, protect your children, make sure they know about this new issue and assist them to disable the application. To turn this application off, click on the “Account” button in the top right hand corner, go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Notifications”, then scroll down to “Places…” and UNCHECK the two boxes. Please pass this information on to anyone you know who lets their children use Facebook.
Sitters4U, keeping you informed.
The NFAA ( National First Aid Academy) is a SETA approved first aid course provider. Their services range from basic to Level 3 courses. As an au pair or child carer you are responsible for the children you care for and it is imperative that you are trained to handle any and every medical situation that may arise while you are caring for a child. Doing a simple safety course will not cut it. In order to care for a child you need at least a SETA approved level 1 course.
The NFAA’s level 1 course covers all of the following topics:
- Principals of first aid and safety
- Emergency Management
- Artificial Respiration
- One rescuer C.P.R
- Wounds and Bleeding
- Head and Spinal Column injuries
The duration of the course is generally 16 Hours or 2 days and it is one of the most reasonably priced courses in South Africa at only R400.00 per student, whereas most level 1 courses run for around R 600.00 per student. The certificate is also valid for 3 years.
Up and coming level 1 first aid course dates with the NFAA in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria are:
- Vereeniging/vanderbijlpark: 7-8 September 2010
- Bellville: 13-14 September 2010
- Protea Hotel, Victoria Junction: 21-22 September
- Elsiesriver: 31 august – 1 September 2010
For Further information or to book contact the NFAA on 086 163 2200
On the 18th of July, Nelson Mandela, an icon, winner of the noble peace prize, president and inspiration to humanity as a whole, turns 92 this year.
We celebrate his life and legacy with the new internationally acclaimed ‘Mandela Day’ ( visit the Mandela Day website by clicking here). This special day calls upon us all to give just 67 minutes of our lives to improve the lives of humanity as a whole. Mandela Day is an ongoing celebration and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to make a difference. There are so many ways to do just that. For some wonderful ideas on how you can make a contribution, check out News24’s article on volunteer ideas for the day by clicking here.
You could also host a Swop-for-Charity party as I did recently( click here to find out how).
You could also organise a door-to-door collection of tinned food, toilet paper and clothes in your neighbourhood. Its simple, select an orphanage or charity, get a bunch of friends together with some boxes and go door-to-door for just an hour. You’d be surprised at how much people are willing to give when its for a good cause.
Tell your children about this day and continue the legacy. Take them along to selected Exclusive Books stores ( participating stores listed below) where they will be hosting 67 minutes of reading and creating hand print cards ( click here to find out more) to send the Mandela foundation on Sunday the 18th at 10h30:
- La Lucia
- Morningside Shopping Centre
- Somerset Mall
- Canal Walk
- Cavendish Square
- Mimosa Mall
- Piazza St John
Whatever you do, where ever you are, no matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, your contribution counts. Spread the spirit and message of Ubuntu and let us know what you will be doing this Mandela day.
The National First Aid Academy ( NFAA) will be hosting their next First Aid Level One course this week on the 14th and 15th of July 2010 at 9 am in Belleville. The venue for the course is Belleville Town Lodge co Willie Van Schoor and Mispel Rd, Belleville.
This is a comprehensive SETA approved course. Course certificates are valid for 3 years. Courses cost R 450 per person. To find out more visit their website www.nfaa.co.za or Click hare to download the Registration form.
Other Course dates for Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria courses in July and August:
First Aid Level One Weekend Course : Bedfordview: 24 and 31 July 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined : Pretoria: 19 – 22 July 2010
First Aid Level One :Rustenburg: 26 – 27 July 2010
First Aid Level One:Pretoria:10 – 11 August 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined: Pretoria: 10 – 13 August 2010
First Aid Level One: Roodepoort: 16 – 17 August 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined: Roodepoort: 16 – 19 August 2010
Basic Fire Control: Roodepoort: 20 August 2010
Safety Representative :Roodepoort: 20 August 2010
First Aid Level One: Cape Town :10 – 11 August 2010
First Aid Level One and Two Combined: Cape Town:10 – 13 August 2010
Basic Fire Control : Cape Town: 20 August 2010
Safety Representative : Cape Town: 20 August 2010
Recently after a lovely dinner, we returned home and got into a conversation with our babysitter, one of our candidates, that completely and utterly made my stomach churn.
Besides working as an au pair and babysitter for Sitters4U, our babysitter on this particular evening is a volunteer with Justice ACTS, an organisation that assists victims of human trafficking, right here in our beautiful country. One always imagines, this kind of thing to be a myth, something that happens somewhere else, certainly not in your own city.The truth is unfortunately daunting, scary and as their campaign states ‘ The truth isn’t sexy’. Here are some scary facts for you:
- Human Trafficking is a large issue in South Africa.
- Has just surpassed weapons trafficking as the second most lucrative crime in the world.
- It’s organised. It’s a business. It’s the selling of human beings.
- It’s supply verses DEMAND.
- There are not enough women and girls in the world who will willingly prostitute themselves.
- 80% of Human Trafficking in South Africa is into the sex trade.
Now if that didn’t get your attention this will; our babysitter shared with us a story of a man, who had a family, lived in the suburbs and to anyone looking in, would have seemed like any other ordinary person. Behind the vail of normality, he was a drug lord who then delved into prostitution and this then evolved to trafficking, trafficking of humans, children, to be more precise. A little down the line apparently, he could not take it any more and he spilled the beans.Claiming that who knows who, was wanting over 100 000 trafficked human beings to be available over the world cup period. She didn’t know this persons name nor any further details, apparently his life is in danger for sharing the truth.
Just to give you an idea of what the picture is like, girls and boys aged from 7 or 8 years old upwards who are kidnapped or whose parents give their children up believing that they will be taken care of, educated etc, are instead raped and drugged until they are considered ‘trained’ for prostitution, while younger children are used in porn movies. It made me sick on the spot to hear of such enormous cruelty and violation towards any human being, let alone innocent children.
In any event, my partner and I sat there horrified out of our minds and the very next day resolved to assist in whatever way we could. We found out that , believe it or not, there is not a single safe house for the victims of human trafficking in the entirety of South Africa. Justice ACTS is an organisation trying to raise funds towards the purchase of property, caring for these children and adolescents and doing their utmost to get them off the streets and out of these monsters hands to safety. We also took a look at their current website and awareness campaign’s. They needed help and we were the perfect people to assist in this department.
My partner owns a web design business www.artificialstudio.com and together we decided to sponsor a new website for them and assist their campaign to raise awareness. Currently until their new website is launched later this week, Artificial Studio have put up a mini page just giving you an idea on how bad the situation really is. Check out http://www.thetruthisntsexy.co.za/ . Other websites you can view in the interim include http://www.notforsalecampaignsa.org/ and http://abstain.africanrenewal.org/ . If you want to do something to assist, get in contact with them, make a donation, send a link to this article or these websites to your friends, or volunteer like Greer and many others are doing, walking the streets in groups at night and approaching girls to check if they are perhaps victims in need of assistance and getting them out of brothels etc, perhaps send this letter to your child’s school ( click the link to download) ( Justice ACTS letter to schools). Check back to www.justiceacts.org over the next few days as this is going to be the new website for the organisation and will have more information on how you can help. With more people in slavery today than when slavery was legal, shouldn’t you do something to raise awareness and help fight this evil?
Looking for a fun way to make a difference? Host a Swop-4-Charity Party..
Recently, I got a few friends together. Inspired by overflowing cupboards, years of my mother saying “If you haven’t touched it in 6 months, it’s unlikely you ever will again”, friends feeling guilty about giving their old clothes to their domestic instead of giving them to a charity, and of course, one we all know quite well, ” I’m giving away that bag of clothes on Monday, see if there is anything you like before I do?” , it felt like a crazy idea but I braved the odds and hosted what will hopefully now become a tradition. Our very first Swop-4-Charity party. It was a great way to catch up with girlfriends, we all brought snacks, and some bubbly and at least 10 items (some brought quite a few more than the required 10). By the time we were all assembled there were over a hundred items to choose from and we had such a great time! It’s true what they say, one man’s (or in this case woman’s) trash is another’s treasures. Pieces I was positive no one would want, went, and others I felt sure would go, didn’t. We all went home with some new items, a smile and were left with 4 black bags of clothing for charity. The charity we chose in this case was the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg, Cape Town which is a centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse.
If you do decide to host a party, write to us and tell us how it goes, which are your favourite charities and why. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post to our blog.
- Just remember to keep a dice handy so that should there be a quibble you can roll the dice to see who gets to a try the garment first.
- You can even do a bit of a run way ‘speel’ and if you aren’t sure about an item ask your friends to vote.
- When doing your regular shopping, buy extra toilet rolls, tinned foods, soap, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes, ask friends to bring these along to the party simultaneously as for most charities these everyday items we take for granted, are unavailable.
- Teach your children to donate their old toys, books and puzzles. Every 6 months go through their toys and ask them which toys they would like to give a child with no toys. Take them with you when you go and drop them off. You will be surprised at how good they feel after seeing that they can really make a difference to this world with such a simple gesture.
I just want to tell you, you guys are the best au-pair agency in Cape Town!I am registered at 2 other agencies,and they never keep me updated on au-pair positions like you do,and not at all helpfull!!Sitters4u are really the best agency,and all my friends and family agree.Thank you!
Its receiving email like this from our staff and clients that keep us giving the best service we can give, not only to our clients but our candidates too!
Its term 2 and time to join SynEdgy Conscious Educator’s Group for their 2nd Free Workshop this year ( check out the details of the first one here, if you missed out). Join Robin and Debbie on the 4th and 6th of May 2010 from 15h00 to 16h30 at Fish Hoek Library in Cape Town. I would like to encourage all school teachers, assistant teachers and au pairs to attend this particular workshop. This time around attendees will learn the skills required to assist children to resolve conflict with others. Knowing how to resolve a conflict peacefully and without assistance is a skill that we all require and for children in particular this skill will allow them to develop stronger relationships with friends, family, teachers, au pairs and others alike.
Teaching a child to resolve a conflict will assist you, while at the same time empowering him or her to understand that they do not need to always rely on adults to resolve their conflicts for them. Personally through my involvement as a child carer and as a parent myself, I have seen children feel absolutely helpless when they are unable to control their emotions in a conflict situation.
So be there, learn and share. Let Robin Booth, Founder and Principal of SynEdgy School, together with Debbie Ntshangase, qualified life coach and current pre-school teacher at Synergy School, lead you through this workshop to gain new insights and learn new skills to becoming the most effective educator you can be. As Synergy puts it, and I will have to agree,
Each and every person who interacts with a child has the opportunity to make a difference to that child, whether you intend to or not, whether you are skilled at it, or not.
We will be there, will you? To book your place or find out more click here for the details.
SynEdgy provides a number of other fantastic courses you can participate in:
- The nurturing of Self Esteem
- engaging cooperation
- alternatives to punishment
- encouraging autonomy
- how to ‘praise’ effectively
- how to acknowledge a child’s feelings
- Siblings without Rivalry
- Setting Boundaries
- Alternatives to saying “No!”
- Saying ‘sorry’ is not enough
- Being understood: the key to all relationships
To find out more and visit the SynEdgy website click here.
Up until just recently Sitters4U was sending out a monthly newsletter, ‘The Mom’s Gig Guide’ . This newsletter featured events that would be of interest to both parents, children and staff. However after much debate, revision and review of our newsletter we tested a few different formats to determine what information the receivers of our newsletters prefer. After watching the statistics, we decided it was about time for a revamp! Sitters4U is about placing top quality au pairs, babysitters, drivers and more, while adding value to the service our clients receive from us.
Thus far we have achieved this through adding free services such as comprehensive guidelines on interviews processes for both clients and au pair staff, articles of interest, The Mom’s Gig Guide, the Mom’s Link Directory and a number of other services. The core function of Sitters4U though, is and always will be our placement services. We have found that while it is regrettably impossible to please all of our clients, all of the time we are in fact pleased about this. We prefer quality over quantity, it has always been the a golden rule I have held close to my heart through any endeavour I have undertook. If you are going to do something, do it properly or not at all. We cannot have a large number of perfect choices for any client, in any place, at any required time, if we did, we would need to accept 100% of the applying applicants and 90% of the candidates we would be promoting would not best possible au pairs or staff we could find. Considering the fact that only about 10% of applicants ever make it through the initial applications, interviews, reference and background checks, to join the Sitters4U team, and we are proud of each and every one of those that do make it all the way.
In our new newsletter we will still feature a calendar where you can link to the The Mom’s Gig Guide to keep up to date with what activities are happening in your city. However we will be focusing mainly on our newly listed au pairs, tutors, house sitters and drivers, who they are, what they have achieved thus far, details on their experience and what they are looking for in a family, their current times of availability, areas of availability, and salary requirements. We feel that this is a great way for clients to also become a little more informed as to new staff that may be of interest to them and be the first to request interviews with them.
We hope that our clients and candidates alike, will join us in welcoming our new staff to the Sitters4U team! We will be sending out the first newsletter on 28th of April 2010.
A while ago we blogged a post on the Hope Town Soup Kitchen Silent Charity Auction. Collectively the auction raised a decent R4730 for the Hope Town Soup Kitchen and the highest bidders were:
|Men’s Running Shoes||350||Trevor S|
|Women’s Running Shoes||400||Ben|
|New Balance compression suit||1010||Martin|
|Adidas Jabulani Match Ball||450||Jason Bailey 1|
|Adidas Bafana Bafana Top||550||Jason Bailey 1|
|Western Province Players Top||400||John|
|Ajax Cape Town Players Top||250||Trevor Marshall|
|Orlando Pirates Players Top||250||Pete|
|Oakley GAS CAN Sunglasses||760||Martin|
There were a few people who were understandably a little upset with dear ‘Martin’ who kept on adding just R10 to bids. Check out what one participant had to say on the subject with her post ‘How to ruin a charity auction‘. Let us know what you think.
Hopetown Soup Kitchen Fund raising Silent Auction
Please take part in our
to raise funds for this worthy cause and support
Ben and Craig
in their philanthropic mission.
Ben Matthewson and Craig Lillie are competing in the annual Cape Epic Mountain Bike Challenge that is a 7 day endurance event from 21 – 28 March. They are using the race as a fund raising opportunity for the Hopetown Soup Kitchen.
TO SUBMIT YOUR BID
Please send your name, contact details and bid amount to: Nikki Andrew at: email@example.com
• Please send your name and bid to the details above only.
• The auction will close at 20h00 on Thursday 18 March, at which time the highest bid received per item will be declared the winner.
• Daily updates on bids will be circulated to all bidders
• Payments and collections for items will be communicated individually with the bid winner.
• A list of bid winners and total funds received will be circulated.
• This auction is open to anyone, so please circulate
|Item No.||Item Description||Company||Sponsor|
|1||Slivers Hamper||Slivers Biltong & Nuts||Adrian & Rentia Booysen|
|2||Men’s Running Shoes||New Balance||John Andrew|
|3||Women’s Running Shoes||New Balance||John Andrew|
|4||New Balance compression suit: top and bottom||New Balance||John Andrew|
|5||Adidas Jabulani Match Ball||Adidas||Deborah Miller|
|6||Adidas Bafana Bafana Top: Medium||Adidas||Deborah Miller|
|7||Western Province Players Top: Medium||Adidas||Deborah Miller|
|8||Ajax Cape Town Players Top: Medium||Adidas||Deborah Miller|
|9||Orlando Pirates Players Top: Medium||Adidas||Deborah Miller|
|10||Oakley GAS CAN Sunglasses: blk frame/grey lens||Sport Unlimited Gardens||Shaun Dunba|
For images of the listed items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Donations to the Hopetown Soup Kitchen:
Branch- St. George’s Mall, Cape Town
Account no.- 1009718193
Branch code- 100909
Reference no. Your name PLUS H0267 Hopetown
Swift/Iban no. – NEDSZAJJ
For further information on the Hopetown Soup Kitchen: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?v=wall&gid=226335632227
For further information on the Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race: http://www.cape-epic.com
Slivers Factory Shop
Unit 4A & 5B, Heron Park, Kommetjie
P.O.Box 48264, Kommetjie 7976 South Africa
Tel: (021) 783 1590 | Fax: 086 508 2524
Slivers Biltong & Nuts
Steenberg Village Shopping Centre
Tel: (021) 702 0297
An au pair in South Africa is not your typical, often confused 18 year old who doesn’t really know what she wants to do with her life, moves into your home and starts caring for your children and doing light house work for a year before trundling home to make a real decision as to what do with her life. In South Africa, an au pair is much more than this traditional view of who and what an au pair is. An au pair in South Africa, is a professional, responsible, experienced and even trained person who cares for the child’s entire welfare whilst in his or her care and is not responsible for general household duties as their duty is purely to your child/ren. Here an au pair is a person who is passionate about childcare and for most of these special people this is more than just a gap year job, this is their career.
An au pair is expected to do a lot more than just supervise. An au pair helps with daily activities related to the child’s needs, from lifting to helping with homework, preparing healthy snacks and filling the children’s days with fun, age appropriate activities. This leaves time for mom and dad to relax with their children and enjoy a healthy relationship which ultimately will provide the basis to develop the communication and trust needed between children and parents as they get older.
Typically an au pair can be aged anything from 19 years to 55 years of age. The age of the candidate that works for a family depends firstly on the experience of the candidate and the requirements of the family. If your child is 3 years old you may find that a younger candidate works better and is really able to get down on their level, if the child is an infant, an older candidate will definitely feel more comfortable in most cases and for older kids, well that comes down purely to personality.
So what the most important thing to think about when you are interviewing candidates to take on this extremely important role? Personality, personality, personality. After years of working with both candidates and clients, watching some relationships flourish and others quickly dwindle, the most common denominator for both scenarios is definitely personality. You may find a family that wants a person with certain qualifications and certain experience and they pass up on the candidates that would work well for them in terms of beliefs and personality, for someone who has these so called required qualifications and not even a few months later they are back and looking for another candidate. It is really one of the saddest state of affairs, anyone can take a course, anyone can earn a certificate, why even you or I could. Yet this is certainly not an indication of a persons ability to work so intimately with you and your family which is part of what being an au pair entails. One cant expect to find a person living in your area at any point in time who has a list of qualifications as long as your arm and will actually work for your family, but you can expect to find someone who will work for your family in terms of experience and personality.
As long as the agency you are using insists that their candidates are experienced, have excellent references, ensures that candidates have first aid , a vehicle and preferably a tertiary education, you are likely to find that any candidate you see could do the job. You are also likely to see candidates who are very different from each other and thats what the interview process is all about, establishing which one of their personalities will work for you. Sitters4U believes in this theory and for the clients who have taken this advice from us the process has worked extremely well!
What does an au pair cost these days? Well for starters the benefits include the fact that your child is receiving constant one on one attention, he or she is not lost in a sea of children where there is only one or two teachers available to assist. Your child can flourish under the guidance of an au pair if you and your children work with her. They will drive the children around, set up the playdates, sort out the homework, ensuring your child/ren lead a more active and fulfilling life. You will have more quality time with your angels and really the benefits are so far reaching the list goes on and on. The average rates can be worked out as follows; most candidates will not work less than 3 hours per day and the average salary of a candidate working part time (3 hours to 5 hours per day ) ranges from R 3500 to R 6000 per month. For full time long term au pairs you can expect to pay salaries ranging from R 6000 to R 12 000 per month depending on the hours and requirements. If the au pair will be assisting with your new born, your 2 year old and 5 year old children and working from 8am to 6pm, expect to pay a salary of around R 9000 to R 12 000 per month. It may seem a little steep but what is the alternative? Play school, driving around, a nursery ( full of other babies) , constantly picking up bugs from other kids, doctors fees, time off work, perhaps a domestic nanny ( would you really want your children to be simply supervised and put in front of a TV, while the domestic cleans up the house and your children don’t know what to do with themselves, doing everything except what they are supposed to be doing or not receiving the attention they crave and need to develop into socially adept adults)? I don’t know about you but I prefer the au pair option. Knowing that my children are developing and getting the attention they rightly deserve, that I wont have to take time off work when they get sick, that they are less likely to get sick, are more likely to be ahead of their peers in terms of their mental and emotional development and giving them an edge in life, makes me think well that’s how it should be. Maybe I am a little bias, but I have seen my daughter flourish over the years with her au pair and years ago, when I myself worked as an au pair I loved and watched all the children I cared for flourish. It is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world and mind you, not the easiest either. Not anyone can do this job and do it well. It takes passion, knowledge and an ability to work and match the families needs; socially , intellectually and emotionally. So think carefully about your needs and what you want for your kids and yourself and when doing those ever important interviews think to yourself as you are speaking is this person someone I can and my children can work well with. If the answer is yes, never mind the qualifications, you may have just found your au pair.
If you would like to enquire about an au pair in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria, simply click here and service with a smile is little more than a request form away!
Every now and again in the last few years we have had a number of au pair clients who arrive from overseas and request the rental of toys, until now no such service has been available.
Yesterday I received a notification.about a new company doing just this. Based in Cape Town, they are looking forward to soon expanding their services to Gauteng as well. Their rates are extremely reasonable. At the moment there are 2 contracts to choose from. Either a 3 Month contract @ R 100 per month or a 6 month contact for R 80 pm and a R 300 refundable deposit. There is an additional delivery charge for outlying suburbs and other towns / cities. Short term rentals are R 40 per day or R 200 per week plus delivery fee of R 75 (for a same day delivery).
The toys currently available cater for children from infants up to 4 years old, but they are also putting together boxes for older children as well which will be available shortly.
Every month customers will have the old toys collected and the new ones delivered. This can also be done on a 3 month basis, or they can swop out individual toys if your child is enjoying the current set. Newly recharged batteries will be included where required. Each set or box of, if bought new is valued at, at least R 700 and consists of a good mixture of age appropriate, educational toys. All good quality toys – from brands that we love and trust. Toys on Tap wants you as the parents and the childrent to look forward to every box delivered. They have even gone so far as to say that should your little cherub become attached to a certain toy, arrangements can be made to buy it from them at a discount.
To find out more or make use of this amazing service visit www.toysontap.co.za to see what they have to offer.
Let us know how you feel about your experience with this amazing new company and we will post your comments!
We had a great night and the boys as well ! They were really positive about Madeleine and even the littlest one asked in the morning where she was, he wanted her around ! We’ll definitely be in touch when we need a sitter again,
Its only a pleasure Chantal! As a new family just arrived in South Africa, we certainly understand how a good support system can be difficult to build and vital at the same time, and we will be there to assist you with your child care requirements for as long as required. Thank you for using our babysitting services and we look forward to assisting you in the future.