family O’Connell


Family Application  
Family: O’Connell  
city: Sydney  
State: NSW  

Family Personal Details
Total number of children in your family: 3, pregnant with another  
Ages of the kids: 2, 4, 6.  All girls.  
Families with babies under the age of two: Please note Au pairs do not take care of infants, an Au pair is not a qualified nanny, some of our au pairs have baby experience and are willing to care a baby as long as you give her some training on her arrival and do not expect her to be fully experienced with babies as they are not nannies.  

Do you need the au pair to care for your baby?


Yes No
Will you be at home?

Yes No At the beginning Part time
Do you need the au pair to be managing all children the whole time? At what times: No, it would be great if she could manage the 2 year old while I do school drop offs or if she could manage two kids while I go to the shops etc but it’s not essential  
If you have several children, plus a young baby, is the au pair expected to care all children and the baby? Please give details    
Father’s occupation: Corporate Lawyer, Special Counsel at Minter Ellison  
Mother’s occupation:  Stay at home mum  
Which language is mainly spoken at home? English  
Are you a single parent? No  
Is a baby expected? Yes, due 6th February 2023  
The Family Home  
Describe the area you live in as some au pairs have preferences for specific regions.

what’s the nearest big city to your home.


We are in a semi rural area, just 60 minutes drive from the Sydney cbd, and a 10-15 minute drive from our nearest towns of Richmond and Penrith.  We are on almost an acre of land, in a beautiful hilly area at the bottom of the blue mountains.  We have beautiful views across in front and a lot of land in theestate to enjoy.   
Do you live in a Big City, Small Town or Countryside:
City Small Town Big Town The Country
Do you live in a remote area? If you live in a small town are there enough activities for her to do?  We are at the foot of the blue mountains which have a lot of outdoor adventure activities to do and beautiful sights to see, and she’d be welcome to borrow one of our cars when needed.  We are also an hour from Sydney cbd and the Sydney harbour which have plenty of tourist activities.  
Some au pairs may have an allergy to pet hair
Do you have any pets, if so please describe where are they kept at home
Two long haired cats and one daschund dog.  They come and and out of the house.  
Please describe your home and accommodation for example number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garden, facilities such as dishwasher, swimming pool, domestic help,etc It is a large house with 6 bedrooms, large lounge room and a billiards table room, comfortable play/tv room with gorgeous views and a reasonable sized kitchen/dining area with two fridges and a dishwasher.  There are three bathroom and one en suite. Separate laundry with a 12kg washing machine and two dryers. We have nearly one acre of land layered on a hill and a large swimming pool in the middle of the garden.  We have gardeners that come fortnightly and cleaners that come bvery Thursday.  
Please describe the Aupair’s accommodation (e.g. own bathroom, television, radio, dressing table, computer, etc) The au pair is welcome to use the upstairs master suite which is a large bedroom with walk in wardrobe and large private ensuite.  We can provide whatever other amenities she needs, we can add a tv in to the room as well.


How far is the local bus stop or train station? There is a bus stop nearby but I don’t know where it goes.  I’d be happy to drop her off and pick her up from the station which is a ten minute drive.  
How far is the nearest beach? 60-90 minutes.  
Your Requirements  
Preferred starting date: (month) As soon as possible  
When is the latest she can arrive? There is no set date, but we’d like help as soon as is possible  
Do you require girls from an specific nationality only? if yes, which one? no  
If yes, will you consider profiles of other nationalities? yes  
Will you accept a male au pair? No thank you  
Do you require an au pair with driving license? Preferable if possible  
Would you consider non driver au pairs as well? yes  
Light Housework  
Please note that an au pair is not a housekeeper, her main duty is to care your children, to ensure the success of her stay with you is important no to over burden them.  
Please mark which of these duties your au pair will be expected to do  
Wash up/clear after meals x Ironing x  
Prepare kids meals (not cooking for family) x Driving children x
laundry x Supervise bedtime x
Grocery shopping   Supervise homework x
Occasional Vacuum   Bathing children x
Help with pets      
About the job  
Please describe your family for example: active/busy/quiet,likes/dislikes, special needs, health problems I am home full time, my husband works full time, two days at home and three in the office.  My 6 year old Isabelle attends school, my 4 year old Charlotte attends preschool 3 days per week and the 2 year old Rosemarie is at home.  Their activites are weekly speech therapy class and ballet class for charlotte, and a ballet class for Isabelle.  All three attend horse riding classes on a casual basis.  They are lively girls and very sweet.  No special needs.  We attend Catholic church evry Sunday.  
How many hours per week would the Au pair work?

(up to 40 per week) 

40?  We have never used an au pair service before and are happy to be guided on this.  
Pocket money per week offered, minimum  weekly stipend of $7 AUD per hour $7 is fine, again we are happy to be guided on this.  
Please describe her duties and working hours from Monday to Friday: (please note that au pairs should have most weekends free to catch up with other au pairs and avoid homesick) Helping with the kids, helping to manage getting them dressed and fed before school, helping me to manage after school play/homework/dinner/bath/bed routines.  Helping me with some cooking or tidying up, perhaps helping with school pickups bu doing it or coming with me or staying home with the toddler while I go. Perhaps managing one or two kids while I sleep in the afternoon for a little bit- I’m 7 weeks pregnant and really struggling with exhaustion and morning sickness.  Just general mother’s help.  
Would you let the au pair to study some hours during the day to improve her English? Yes absolutely  
Any additional incentives: for example holidays, use of car, paid phone calls, help with travel fares and college fees, local activities and places of interest.  


She’d be welcome to borrow our older car, a Mercedes ML suv.  We could help with costs where necessary, drive her to local activities and show her around this gorgeous area.

Au pairs are entitled to one of the following:

Au pair Bonus: End of stay bonus

In addition to the weekly pocket money, host families pay a $500 end of stay bonus, on completion of the 6 month program.