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Preparation Classes

Cultural Care Au Pair now offers Specialty Preparation Classes for au pairs! These classes are offered in addition to the basic curriculum outlined by the U.S. Department of State and take place at the Cultural Care Au Pair Training School. Choose from one of three day-long classes focused on a topic of your choice:

  • Sharing Your Native Language with Children
  • Focus on the School-Aged Child: Academics and Activities
  • A Practical Introduction to the American Home

Our Training School provides all au pairs with an intensive, four-day training program focused on child development and safety. The training program offers instruction from dedicated and experienced educators in a classroom setting. Small class sizes allow teachers to give au pairs one-to-one attention. The standard training program curriculum all au pairs receive includes:

Health and Safety in the Home Au Pairs as Role Models
Common Childhood Illnesses Age-appropriate Materials and Activities
Safety and Emergency Education Building Self-esteem in Children
Effective Communication Behavior Management

The Cultural Care Training School’s unique setting on a college campus allows us to offer host families the opportunity to enroll their au pair in an additional day-long program offered before the standard training begins. Our Specialty Preparation Classes are offered at the same high standard as the Cultural Care Training School. Your au pair will arrive to the Cultural Care Training School a day early, typically on Sunday, and have a full day of classes on Monday focused on a topic of your choice. We cover practical issues in a structured setting to help prepare your au pair for her particular responsibilities in your home.

Au pairs in the Specialty Preparation Classes will be exposed to a variety of classroom materials and participate in hands-on activities and in-class assignments. After classes, au pairs will share what they have learned in an English Discussion Seminar. That evening, au pairs enjoy a chance to settle in and see the area with dinner off-campus on a local excursion. Enrollment in one of Cultural Care’s Specialty Preparation classes gives your au pair an extra day to practice her English and familiarize herself with our campus in addition to receiving training in a specific area to help get her year with your family off to a great start!

Specialty Preparation Classes are offered each week that the Cultural Care Au Pair Training School is in session. Please consult the order deadline schedule before placing your order. Au pairs must be enrolled by the finaling deadline which is generally one month before arrival—please consult the order deadline schedule. A minimum level of enrollment is required to run each class and individual au pair enrollment is pending flight availability. If enrollment is cancelled due to low enrollment or flight availability, the class fee will be refunded. Please contact Cultural Care if you have additional questions at 1-800-333-6056 or