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Canadian Family Seeking Au Pair For Their Baby Boy

Canadian Family Seeking Au Pair For Their Baby Boy

Author -  Inuvik Family

Canadian Family seeking Au Pair primarily to look after their baby boy. 

This family lives in Inuvik, Northwest Territories of Canada with three boys almost 1, 6 and 8y/o as well as 1 Golden Retriever & 2 cats. 

 

They are seeking an Au Pair primarily to be the caregiver to their infant while they are working. Someone that is calm, attentive, engaging and enthusiastic. It is important that the Au Pair has some experience with infants, or that she is at least open to learning; willing to take First Aid/CPR if not already certified. Au Pair would be expected to prepare healthy lunch and snacks for our boy during the day and follow his routine for activities and naps. They would encourage her to take him out to community play groups and for walks and may also ask that she assist with household tasks such as his laundry and keeping the play space clean and tidy. Furthermore, on occasional days when the older children don’t have classes Au Pair would be responsible for caring for all three children (usually about one day a month the school closes for PD days). Comfort with swimming would be a bonus but not a requirement as the family enjoys the pool. Also, they are a bilingual family and speak primarily English at home. The children are in French school and they do speak some French at home as well.

 

Family Letter

On behalf of our family I am pleased to introduce us through this letter and tell you more about who we are and what has motivated us to seek out an Au Pair.

Myself and my husband have been married for 9 years and together have 3 sons. Our oldest is 8 years old and in grade 3 in the French Immersion program of our local school. He is kind and sensitive and enjoys the company of his friends, biking, scootering at the skateboard park, learning guitar from his dad and playing games. 

Our second son is 6 years old. He is in grade 1; also in the French program. He has lots of energy and loves to bike, swim, build Lego, do crafts and go on adventures. 

Our youngest boy just turned 1 in October last year. He is an easy going infant who is very attached to mom and enjoys eating, playing with toys, loves music and going for walks. 

We also have a golden retriever named Willow and two cats (Bella and Buttons) who complete our crew.

I am a Social Worker by profession and work at the local hospital doing community social work. My work hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am-5pm with an hour break at lunch. On occasion I take on-call work as well (however this is when my husband is home with the kids) I love to knit and quilt and am a member of the Inuvik Quilting club. In my spare time I enjoy being active with the kids, hosting meals with friends, photography and am currently taking courses towards my Masters in Counselling.

My husband is a primary school teacher at our local school. He currently teaches grade 6 and his regular work hours are from 8:10am-4:30pm. Prior to teaching Abe did a lot of work with youth in community based programming. Abe is a musician and in his “off hours” enjoys writing and playing music for the family and at local community events. He is currently working on his second album. He also directs the annual high school theater production at the school.

As a family we are living a unique experience. We are beginning our 4th year of living in the western arctic in a remote and vibrant community called Inuvik in the North West Territories. Inuvik has a population of 3500 habitants. Inuvik is most easily reached by plane however can be accessed by road as well. Whitehorse is the nearest city and is about 16 hours by car! Needless to say Inuvik is a remote town; however, our community is the hub for the Mackenzie-Delta region and offers all essential services and amenities. We also have lots of entertainment, especially if you love culture and the outdoors!

Inuvik lies above the Arctic Circle and is home to the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in aboriginal people of Canada. Rich in culture and beautiful landscape, this northern community has much to offer its residents. Having a small town feel with a variety of people from all across Canada, Inuvik has the vibrancy of a small town metropolis. With a recreation center, indoor pool, squash courts, arena, curling rink, huge community greenhouse, college, state of the art hospital, café, restaurants and school. You can read more about Inuvik here: www.inuvik.ca

Our family moved here 4 years ago from our home in Ontario Canada when my husband was offered a teaching contract. We left behind a hobby farm, (where we farmed dwarf goats and chickens) and our extended family, to take on an adventure and to further our careers. We now call Inuvik home and love the cultural and community richness we have found here.
One of the most unique aspects of where we live is the climate. In the winter we experience a month of darkness where the sun doesn’t cross the horizon. It can also be very cold – sometimes dipping down to -40 degrees Celsius! Don’t worry though... we will make sure you have all the good winter gear you need to stay warm here! Mid day we experience 1-2 hours of dusk, but aside from that it is dark. The town is well lit with lights and the buildings are designed to provide good light as well so people here carry on with life as usual. In the extreme cold we limit our time outdoors and enjoy inside activities such as crafts, knitting, baking, and gatherings with friends. We do slip outside enough however to appreciate the spectacular northern lights which light up the sky on a regular basis!

The daylight returns at the beginning of January and is celebrated with a week-long Sunrise festival. This event draws tourists from around the world and the festival is a true celebration of northern culture. In the spring and summer we experience 24 hours of sunlight. This is also a very unique experience. Our home is outfitted with black out blinds, which help with sleeping in the daylight. The spring and summer can be quite warm and reach highs of 30 degrees. Aside from the extreme climate there are many unique activities to participate in. Dogsledding is a must for all new comers and visitors. Also, witnessing the reindeer heard (approx.. 2500 Reindeer) cross the ice road is spectacular in the spring. Visits to neighbouring communities and dipping toes in the Arctic Ocean are among the things on most people’s list who come to Inuvik. We enjoy these cultural opportunities as well as other family hobbies such as swimming, gardening, working out, hiking, and visiting local rivers and lakes. The children enjoy fishing during these outings as well. We also really value food and enjoy growing and preparing delicious foods at home as much as possible. Also, we belong to a church community here and attend Roman Catholic mass 2 or 3 times a month on Sundays. Our Au Pair would be most welcome to attend church with us however this is not something that we would expect or require.

We are seeking an Au Pair primarily to be the caregiver to our infant while we are working. I have been fortunate to be home with him for his first year of life but now it is time for me to return to work. My typical work day is from 8:30am-5:00pm. I do have some flexibility in my day and come home every day for lunch. He is nursing so I will be home at least one time during the day to feed him for the first few months while he adjusts to the transition. One of our main reasons for choosing an Au pair is that it allows him to be cared for at home in a familiar environment and with a person who is connected to him and our family in a meaningful way. I expect that there will be some challenges for him in the transition however know that he will benefit from building a relationship with the right person who is attentive to his needs and engaging.

We are seeking an Au Pair that is calm, attentive, engaging and enthusiastic. We would expect that our Au Pair would provide him with stimulating games and activities to keep him engaged throughout the day. It is important that the Au Pair has some experience with infants, or that she is at least open to learning and willing to take First Aid/CPR if not already certified. Our Au Pair would be expected to prepare healthy lunch and snacks for him during the day and follow his routine for activities and naps. We would encourage her to take him out to community play groups and for walks. We would anticipate that she communicate with us about his day and their activities. We may also ask that she assist with household tasks such as his laundry and keeping the play space clean and tidy. Furthermore, on occasional days when the older children don’t have classes our Au Pair would be responsible for caring for all three children (usually about one day a month the school closes for PD days). Comfort with swimming would be a bonus but not a requirement as our family enjoys the pool. Also, we are a bilingual family. We speak primarily English at home. The children are in French school and we do speak some French at home as well so an Au Pair that speaks some French would be an asset. Finally, because we have pets we require an Au Pair that is comfortable with our dog and cats.

We practice attachment parenting and place value on having grounded and mindful children. Our infant shares a bed with us, and it isn’t uncommon to also find one or both of the other boys in our bed on occasion as well. Our family is tightly bonded and we value our children’s voice in making decisions that impact the family. We try our best to parent in a way that engages our children’s voices and especially value their perspective with decisions that affect them directly. The children are expected to take responsibility for their own behavior, apologize when necessary and make amends in a respectful manner. We encourage equal participation in daily chores (dishes, general cleanup, lunches and laundry) and delegate age appropriate tasks so they can learn what is necessary to live in a happy home. On occasion our children will require a time out in a designated area of our home in order to reflect upon their mistake and can return to the family activity when they are ready.

We envision our relationship with our Au Pair to be one where she is welcomed as part of our family and encouraged to be present with us outside of her work hours as much or as little as she chooses. We hope that she would have meals with us and participate in fun family outings. We wish to be respectful of her needs for time with the family and time to rest and pursue other possible friendships and activities in the community. We would expect a level of self-awareness and communication that she is able to express her needs so that the experience is mutually beneficial. As travellers ourselves, we are aware of the challenge of homesickness and would seek to welcome our Au pair in a way that was warm, caring and supportive. We
can also provide opportunities to connect with friends and family back home by phone and Skype. Based on her interests we are also excited to connect her with other young people and activities in the community.

I hope this provides some insight into our family and our hopes for the au pair experience. We place strong value on family and community and look forward to welcoming the right person and supporting her experience to make her time in Canada meaningful and enjoyable. We look forward to any questions we can answer about our family and building the right connection with an Au Pair in the coming weeks.
Thank you!

 

Additional Information

Working

Weekdays 8:30am-5pm

Weekends - off 

40 - 42.5 hours per week

Requirements

Must be a non-smoker

Must love dogs/cats

Drivers license not required 

9 months preferred length of stay

Home

Urban area - Townhouse

Own room for Au Pair

Shared bathroom

iPad, Laptop, TV & Music System available for use

The family has as a healthy diet of both vegetarian & a couple of meals with meat & chicken each week

 

 

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