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Bringing a British Au Pair

Post by Lochsong » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 12:31 am

Hi we are considering getting an Au Pair who will hopefully stay with us in the UK for a few months before relocating with us.

What sort of visa will we need for her/him??

Sorry if it's been aksed before!

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Re: Bringing a British Au Pair

Post by ksl » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 12:40 am

Lochsong wrote:Hi we are considering getting an Au Pair who will hopefully stay with us in the UK for a few months before relocating with us.

What sort of visa will we need for her/him??

Sorry if it's been aksed before!

Lx
You have no chance to bring an Au Pair with you I'm afraid, unless you are coming on holiday, cannot relocate Au Pair but she may get 90 days on a tourist visa! Maids probably only cost one quarter of the price here in Singapore, compared to a British Au Pair.

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Post by Lochsong » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 2:38 am

Thanks KSL!

Now the kids are in bed I've managed to find a few similar threads from last year!

It seems nigh on impossible. So will start fully researching a FDW which from what I gather can just do duties like an Au Pair, providing you can find the right one :) Don't even know where to start with agencies though :???:

I would be delighted with a little light housework but with more focus on playing with the kids, rather than a fulltime cleaner iykwim!! :D

Lx

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Post by ksl » Tue, 04 Aug 2009 12:09 pm

Lochsong wrote:Thanks KSL!

Now the kids are in bed I've managed to find a few similar threads from last year!

It seems nigh on impossible. So will start fully researching a FDW which from what I gather can just do duties like an Au Pair, providing you can find the right one :) Don't even know where to start with agencies though :???:

I would be delighted with a little light housework but with more focus on playing with the kids, rather than a fulltime cleaner iykwim!! :D

Lx
There are good and bad maids about, you may find a good maid through the forum, if any of the expats are leaving, they normally pass on the maids if possible. Most maids like to work for expats, because they maybe treated more fairly.

Many often work a 12 to 14 hr day slave labour, you can also find many that have children of their own, and are very good with kids, they have to work here to support their families back home, because income is higher than surrounding Countries. Don't dwell on it, just take your time, there are plenty of agencies, the important thing is to feel your way forward, otherwise the agencies may take you for a ride.

It's very common to have a live in maid, for around 600$ a month.

The problems of trust are no different from any other Country, so don't be naive to think a British one would be better, people do not really know eachother, until it's too late. If you feel insecure, you can always put up camera's to watch over the house and kids, before hiring a maid, many do this also, they can also monitor the house over the internet by telephone.

So collect feedback from those with maids.

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Post by chrisali31 » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 10:17 pm

Hello we were recomended Prestige Agency in Tanglin Shopping Centre NOT MALL. We have now used them and are really pleased so happy to pass on that recomendation. We have a great lady who is fab with the kids and the housework. We treat her well and that kindness is repaid, but we are lucky I think. Connie or Beth at the agency are good and (I think) only use helpers that have experience. Good luck.

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Post by QRM » Sun, 09 Aug 2009 9:00 am

Another option, go to the local playschool and when there's a teacher you and your kids really like make them an offer to help out in the house.

The cost of a FDW and the playschool teacher would still be less than an Au pair from the UK.

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Post by natalyakir » Sat, 22 Aug 2009 3:59 pm

Find an English speaking not-working expat women or girl here in Singapore.

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