Monthly Archives: June 2013

Summer Safety Tips for Au Pairs

photo (4)Fun in the Sun

  • Babies Under 6 months – Avoid Sun Exposure – Dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and brimmed hats.  Speak to your host family before using sunscreen on an infant
  • Young Children – Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days.  The SPF should be at least 15.  Children should wear hats and sunglasses if they will keep them on.  Limit exposure to the sun — if you are outside for a long period of time — reapply the sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • Older Children – Apply sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, children should wear hats and sunglasses.  Stay in the shade whenever possible.  Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Pool Safety

  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
  • Whenever infants and toddlers are in or around water, you need to be within an arm’s length away, providing “total supervision.”

Bug Safety

  • Speak with your host family about the use of insect repellant on their children – do not use it without their permission.
  • Make sure you know whether the children that you care for have any allergies to bug bites and how you should respond
  • To remove a visible stinger from the skin, gently scrape it off horizontally with a credit card or your fingernail.

Multi-cluster host family event was a big success!

DSC_0590Thank you SO much for coming out to our Multi-cluster picnic yesterday at Ft. McHenry. The food was fantastic, the kids had a blast, the face painting was incredible and the weather turned out to be lovely!  Thanks to all our au pairs and host families who came out and made this event turn out so wonderfully!

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Multi-Cluster Host Family Picnic at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore

FtMcHenryThe Annapolis, Baltimore, and Columbia based Community Counselors of Au Pair in America are pleased to announce our Annual Host Family picnic. Families and au pairs will join together at the site where our National Anthem was composed at F t. McHenry in Baltimore. In the spirit of sharing cultural heritages, au pairs from each country will be sharing their national anthem with everyone. Au Pairs will also be asked to bring a dish from their home country to share and help with face painting. It is a beautiful location on the water and should be a great event with three clusters participating. Host families are asked to bring their own picnic lunch, and fold up chairs. There will be tables there but not a lot of seating. Counselors are providing paper goods, I.e. plates, napkins, and cutlery, beverages, and cake.
Multi Cluster Host Family Picnic
Date: Sunday, June 9 Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Fort McHenry National Park 2400 East Fort Ave. Baltimore, MD 21230