The Road So Far // Au Pair Journals

I became an au pair in August of 2017, which was also when I started this blog. And I used to do a lot of blogging about what it’s like to be an au pair. Over time, this has changed more into a lifestyle blog (and a lot of my posts about being an au pair have been archived). But I am still an au pair and it’s still a huge part of my life. So, with the new year, I wanted to start another new series on my blog about life as an au pair in England.

I know this might not be for everyone, but this new series is going to be called “Au Pair Journals” and I’ll be talking about all things to do with being an au pair.

My au pair story

The first two years of being an au pair, I lived with a lovely family just fifty minutes from London. I looked after a boy and a girl, aged 6 and 8 when I started, and absolutely loved it.

But then, after two years, I wanted (needed, really) to not live with anyone else. I briefly considered renting or buying my own flat in England, but as a freelancer, that’s not easy. And I didn’t want to worry about not earning enough money. Yet.

So back to the internet I went, this time in search of an au pair job where the family offered separate accommodation. Turns out there aren’t that many in England. But with my experience and amazing references, I found one just twenty minutes out of London.

Now, I look after a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl with high-functioning autism and a whole range of other diagnoses that can make life a little bit harder, but also a lot more interesting.

I’m not sure how long I’m going to be working for this family – they’ve already agreed to me staying indefinitely. It’s only been six months and I will definitely be here until 2021 (slightly crazy to think about), but I might stay even longer – depending on what life throws my way.


  1. 11 February 2020 / 2:49 pm

    I’ve never heard about Au pair before but I kinda get the gist of it. The concept of it is quite interesting and how exciting it is.

    7 February 2020 / 2:42 pm

    Been following your blogs and I can feel the ups and down of being an AU Pair. I know it is not easy but I really admire you

    • maartjevansandwijk
      19 February 2020 / 7:15 pm

      Aw, thank you so much 😊

  3. Jhentea Guzman
    6 February 2020 / 7:38 am

    It’s great to hear more about you,thanks for sharing your experience in being an au pair. Good luck on your career.

  4. Rose Ann Sales
    6 February 2020 / 5:01 am

    That sounds like an interesting article to read. And it amazes me how you manage to write a lot about your journey inspite of the busy schedule of being an au pair.

  5. 6 February 2020 / 3:25 am

    I considered au pairing abroad/ I use to nanny a lot when I was younger. Thanks for sharing your journey!

  6. Bella
    5 February 2020 / 6:58 pm

    Oh this is so interesting, I have always wanted to go to NZ. Enjoy your time

  7. 4 February 2020 / 6:30 pm

    My friend was an Au Pair in NZ and she has now been there for 11 or 12 years. She worked as a nanny for I believe 3 years and then parted ways and works for hotel chains now!

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