Original Granny-Advices


10 bits of advice to make being a Granny Aupair easier

- compiled by Granny Anke, who was in France for four months as a Granny Aupair in 2015


  1. You are basically keen on occupying yourself with (young) children.
  2. You discuss mutual expectations with the family.
  3. You are curious (in the sense of positive-open minded) to get to know other family structures and integrate yourself into the new surroundings.
  4. You can work in a structured and forward-looking manner and see your main job as backing up the parents and taking over some of the child care from them, so that everyday life works better. You can discover the country and its people in your spare time.
  5. You are reliable and resilient.
  6. You let yourself in for the family and its way of life. There is a reason why it is like it is.
  7. You should sort out if suggestions for improvements are desired. You are only accompanying the family for a short time and principally should not question established rules, even if you yourself would do things differently.
  8. Bring a time consuming occupation with you from home, which you like doing to bridge waiting time and spare hours contentedly.
  9. Try making social contacts outside the family. This helps against homesickness, brings some diversion and broadens the horizon in your new surroundings. In addition you can receive valuable insider information this way.
  10. If necessary you should try to learn the language.