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For most of families, hosting an au pair is not an easy decision. They have many doubts and reservations in their mind and it is important that those should get cleared before they have an au pair in their home.

In my own recent search for childcare, I investigated several options to make sure hosting an au pair was right for our family. After several years as an Area Director, I was pretty sure it was the perfect option for us, but when it came down to it, I needed to be certain. As we looked into other types of care, I was surprised to see that the topic of safety was not always addressed - or at least as fully as I would have liked! Au Pair Care’s new Safety Care program gives au pairs CPR and First Aid training, as well as basic information on household safety. This was one of the many reasons we knew the program at Au Pair Care was right for us.

As much as we liked the Safety Care benefit of the program when searching, I have not thought about it since Mia arrived - until recently. Earlier this week, my 2 ½ year old son fell off the couch while reaching after one of our cats and fell directly onto his face. From what my 6 year old son and Mia say, I am glad I did not see it - his nose and mouth immediately started bleeding profusely! Lucky for us, Mia was trained to know just what to do. She stopped the bleeding, looked for cuts and loose teeth, and watched him for signs of a concussion over the next few hours. Once he was calm and she knew he would be okay, she sent me a quick text to let me know what had happened and how she had handled it.

Like most 2 year olds, our little guy was back to his normal (though bruised and bloodied!) self within minutes. What has stuck with me, however, is how well Mia handled the situation. Later, as we deconstructed what had happened, Mia said that while it was scary, she remembered from her training how important it was to stay calm and in control. As I am sure you can imagine, the entire event gave me even more confidence in her ability to care for our children, and showed me yet again how important good safety training is.

Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/AuPairCare1989 to get detail information about your new au pair from Au Pair Care Agency.

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