What are the differences between Au Pairs, Governesses & Tutors?

An au pair is someone who fetches, looks after and assists a child or children in completing homework, projects and study for exams. This is also someone who guides, supports and loves your child to the best of their ability. An Au Pair is usually between the ages 0f 18 to 30 and it is typically a female.

In the general sense, an Au Pair is someone who:

  • Generally has a Matric qualification
  • Is generally between the ages of 20 to 30
  • Has completed a first aid course
  • Is sometimes is studying towards a degree / diploma
  • Sometimes has teaching experience
  • Has a teaching degree (but this isn’t very common)
  • Has a valid drivers license
  • Has their own roadworthy vehicle
  • Works Monday – Friday and sometimes on the weekend if the family requires
  • looks after children in the home
  • Fetches the children from school
  • Takes the children to any sports or extra activities
  • Takes the children to any doctors, dentist or hairdresser appointments
  • Runs errands like grocery shopping
  • Does not do any domestic duties

A Governess is someone who:

  • Generally has a Matric qualification
  • Has completed a first aid course
  • Usually has a minimum of 5 years au pairing experience
  • generally stays with a family for 2 to 5 years
  • Has experience with working with babies, toddlers and children
  • Is generally between the ages of 30 to 50
  • Available 24/7 as and when the family needs them
  • sometimes lives-in the house with the family either in a cottage or her own room with a bathroom (not in the same room as the children)
  • Works Monday to Saturday, sometimes even Sundays

A Tutor is someone who:

  • Is there to assist with homework and other school projects
  • Helps children study for tests and exams
  • Provides additional academic support to the children where needed
  • Usually works Mon-Friday starting from 16:00 each day
  • Doesn’t fetch the children from school
  • Doesn’t bath or feed the children
  • Doesn’t discipline the children

At That Sassy Life Coach, we are adamant about providing the best possible service both on our website and in person. To book a session with us, please kindly go to our services page, select your desired package and proceed to the payment gateway. If you are an Au Pair, Nanny or Tutor looking for an alternative to Au Pair Training and want to register as a student with us, please proceed to our training page.
For additional questions, please kindly contact us directly

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