“Camilla’s training put us at ease. Not only did she have great previous experience caring for children, but she was also trained by AuPairCare, which gave us peace of mind. Most moms are nervous about having someone take care of their baby, so peace of mind is worth a lot.” – The Curkowski Family
The curriculum for AuPairCare’s infant specialized program is built around the idea that maintaining child safety is the most important aspect of an au pair’s duties. As the first agency to develop an Infant Specialized program we’ve been able to fine tune our curriculum over the years. Over 20 specific topics are addressed during the 5 day program in a hands on environment that includes a real nursery. Read some of the highlights below:
Au pairs learn about the different types of routines for babies and the importance of following the host family’s preferred method when caring for their baby. Au pairs are also encouraged to make use their AuPairCare daily diaries, which facilitate the dialogue between parents and au pairs about their childcare.
The first year developmental milestones are discussed in depth. The Trainers and au pairs and tshare their infant care experience and knowledge to further unfold the physical, mental and social milestones their babies will likely display during the year ahead. Au pairs are encouraged to promote their babies’ development through various age appropriate, safe activities presented in the class, for example infant sign language and infant massage.
All Infant Specialized au pairs perform practical testing of their CPR skills in order to become CPR certified through the American Safety & Health Institute. Additionally au pairs receive training in baby proofing homes, U.S, standards for transporting children in cars and carriers, and SIDS prevention and infant sleeping. With this hand-on training, au pairs will feel more comfortable and confident with the American style of child rearing.
It is always challenging taking care of babies who cannot communicate verbally how they are feeling. Au pairs are taught about the signs to look for in common ailments for babies and the recommended methods for handling these situations. Presentations are partnered with hands-on tools and practice, so that au pairs become comfortable with American thermometers, medicine droppers, aspirators etc.