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 Over time, this has changed more into a lifestyle blog (and a lot of my posts about being an au pair have been archived).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.