Family Groeneveld: “In the text below we would like to share with you our experiences with the decision to take on an au pair, and our experiences with Huisje Boompje Nanny.

To us is was really exiting in the beginning to go from a familiar day care centre and afterschool program to an au pair. For us personally it was a process to see that an au pair was and is THE solution for us. This flexible way of childcare doesn’t only give peace to the children, but also to us as parents. Not because we weren’t satisfied with the previous childcare we had, but we did miss the flexibility. We had to stress ourselves three times a week to do our work normally.

As a base for success with an au pair, we believe that a right match has to be made between au pair and family. In this we believe that Huisje Boompje Nanny is really good and professional. We also really liked that HBN takes you through the process step-by-step. It’s quite some administrative work to arrange before the au pair eventually arrives. Another question went through our minds; What if the au pair doesn’t get any friends?

Luckily HBN is very active in organising events for the au pairs. Because of this, they get the opportunities to get to know each other in a pleasant and sometimes active manner (through ice-skating or by boat). From this events our au pair Carla built up her network of friends. Really important for her is that she has her friends besides our family. Because the click with Carla was there immediately, you can start building a good relationship right away. Of course you experience a barrier in language with each other in the beginning, but you understanding each other happens really quickly. Carla is from South Africa, and South African is pretty similar to Dutch so learning the language for her was pretty rapid. The kids speak Dutch with her and do see her as a family member. We also noticed that when her Dutch improved she was able to improve her parenting skills as well.

What we believe is important is to have in the beginning, is a good mutual understanding of expectations. If you discussed this properly you will have a smaller chance of misunderstandings. Evaluations are not a bad idea! We experienced that sharing our house with an au pair doesn’t feel like an invasion of our privacy. Also, it’s interesting to hear stories from her from a totally different country and culture.