Launched in 2015, Mother's Load Au Pairs initially focused on the placement of mature au pairs that have wisdom, knowledge and patience working with children; and for families who want to be supported by an experienced and loving au pair in their daily life. Over time we have come to appreciate that age is just a number but level of maturity and life experiences are what make candidates of all ages suitable au pairs.
While we have had great success with our mainstream au pair placements, we established a huge need for au pairs, tutors and facilitators for families whose children have remedial or special needs requirements.
To date we have placed au pairs, tutors and facilitators with children who either have remedial or special needs ranging from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) to Hydrocephalus as well as various syndromes, some diagnosed, some not. The feedback we have received from these families has been so rewarding and has prompted us to investigate the need for facilitators, tutors and au pairs for remedial and inclusive education children further. We take guidance too from teachers, professionals and care-givers in these areas who have been very supportive of our initiative and who continue to provide us with great input by being our sound boards.
Our vision is to become a specialist au pair, facilitator and tutor company that partners with the relevant institutions and parents to provide candidates who understand and celebrate the uniqueness of the children and who can play a meaningful role in both their academic and social wellbeing in conjunction with their school educators and therapists.
As a team of moms, each with our own personal challenges with our children, assisting families in similar situations with au pair, tutor or facilitator support has become our mission! We do; however; still feel it is very important that to further validate our services offered, we need to educate ourselves in the various remedial and spectrum areas and we aim to do so through the relevant associations, together with parents and candidates.
The decision to go the online route came about as a result of the demand from families outside of the Gauteng area as well as the fact that many families, while in desperate need of the relevant support, are not in a position to pay placement fees and/or would prefer not to make use of a recruitment agency. The industry itself is fraught with unscrupulous players whose sole purpose is to make money without consideration for families and candidates. Developing the online platform enables us to reach families and candidate across South Africa as well as offer a platform to families that provides a far more affordable solution to the recruitment of a support individual. Families will be responsible for the recruitment process but we are available to provide necessary support and guidance if needed.
We will still offer the personalised recruitment service to families should they prefer but premium rates will apply.
Ultimately we are looking to build a “village” whereby we also get various therapists, medical personnel and schools on our site so that parents have access to a database relevant to their geographical location.
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