Your Online Application & Video
Once you have been invited to an information meeting you will receive a link to your personal online application. A well-prepared and personal application is the best way for you to present yourself to a future host family and show why you are right for them.
The application asks you to list your childcare experience as well as other work and school experiences. It and also allows you to write about your personal hobbies, interests and talents. In addition to the information asked for in the online application, you will also need to provide:
- At least three non-family references
- A personal letter to the host family
- Photos of you that best describe you and your life
- A form completed by your doctor confirming that you are healthy enough to participate on the programme
- Copies of your secondary school certificate (GCSEs, A-Levels or Highers), driver’s licence and a criminal background check showing no criminal activity.
Include personal pictures so that host families can get to know you better. Always be honest and candid in your responses to ensure the family with whom you are matched knows your true personality and lifestyle.
Once we have all of your forms and interviews completed, we review everything and verify your references.
“Go the extra mile” and present yourself in a video
You will also have the chance to submit a short personal video that lets you “speak” to prospective host families and let them get a better sense of who you are as a person than they would from just your online application. Families tell us that they love videos and find them one of the most valuable ways to select au pairs. Your video doesn’t have to be of “Hollywood quality”, but a fun and informative video can go a long way in making your application that special one that host families choose. And don’t worry, if you’ve never made a video before – we have online guides and lots of great examples available to inspire your creativity.