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There are principally two possibilities to spend a year abroad in childcare:

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  • Most girls choose a normal au-pair stay and share the life of their host family. They receive pocket money only, but no salary.
    In Europe an au-pair´s position is defined in the "European Agreement on Au-Pairs" by the European Council. Although the agreement has not been ratified by all EU-countries, everybody concerned abides by its rules. It requires, for example, that au-pairs have the opportunity to attend language lessons. Many European countries grant certain facilities in obtaining the visa and work permit to girls from non-EU countries under the presumption that a cultural exchange be guaranteed and that the language of the host country can be learnt.

  • Alternatively, qualified young women with an educational background and training in kindergardens, teaching, childcare, hospitals and similar have good chances as a nanny in numerous countries. Nannies are professionals who only care for household chores related to the children.
    Nannies are well known in the English speaking world, especially in Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia and the USA. In Britain, for example, a nanny is a qualified nursery nurse responsible for the day-to-day care of young children. Recognised qualifications are awarded by the Council for Awards in Children's Care and Education (CACHE) at over 200 local authority colleges and some private institutions.
    Immigration laws for girls from abroad are often strict, so that they often choose a normal au-pair position for a year abroad. Canada for instance, demands twelve years of general schooling of its „caregivers“ - which is the official term for „nannies“ - prior to the training in an educational profession of at least six months. For obvious reasons there are not many European girls fullfilling such requirements. Fortunately girls who have had a paid au-pair position before, may apply as well. Although "nannies" are called by this term generally in Canada, the work permit is called "Live in Caregiver Program". Nannies in Canada have always been expected to do housework as well and are part of the family. Legally, however, they are employees. Our agencies will advise you.
    Here the differences as to normal au-pairs: more responsability, clearly defined working hours, social benefits as holidays etc., greater separation of work and private life and more independence as nannies often do not live with the family, higher wages.

I would like to work as

 

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