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We are a fairly easy going family who love being out and about - bike riding, kayaking, going to the beach etc etc. Our kids are fun and playful with A LOT of energy. They love to try new food and learn new languages. We often go away for weekends to great places around Victoria, and you would be welcome to join us on these adventures.
We live in Clifton Hill , Melbourne, which is a great inner city suburb just 10 minutes train trip or 15/20minute bike ride in to the city. Our house is close to public transport, the Yarra River and Merri Creek, with lots of parks, walking trails and great cafes nearby.
Ben is a lawyer, and Inger works in the Environment sector, and volunteers at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. We have two kids - a boy who is 5 and a girl who is 3. They are fun and playful with A LOT of energy. They love to try new food and learn new languages.
Our children watch very little TV, and we try to limit the time we spend on our devices around them - particularly at meal times (no phones at the dinner table, or when we are sharing meals together). If this would be difficult for you, then our family is not for you!
We also have a cat called Zabel.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
There are a lot of great things to do around and in Melbourne, and we would love to host people who are excited about getting out and exploring!
We are looking for someone to help out in a nanny/ au pair/ housekeeping role. We would like to meet you before committing to a long term stay, just to make sure we are all a good fit for each other :-)
I (Inger) have just started a new job, so we will need some extra help with school and kinder pick up, as well as some extra (paid) help over the school holidays. Previously we have been quite flexible with when and what Helpers do, but now we need reliable help at specific times. We would need you to definitely be able to do:
Monday & Thursday: 3pm – 6pm, and Friday: 4.25 - 6pm.
The other days can be flexible, but at this point in time we really, really need help with the above tasks!
Other things you could help us with include planning and cooking dinner, cleaning, looking after the little ones, gardening and general housekeeping.
Having someone around to help us with these tasks makes our life much happier!
We expect approximately 3 hours of work per day, but occasionally this would be more, and some days less. If you have an opportunity to head off for a day or two to explore, that would be fine. In the school holidays we would love some extra help, and the additional hours would be paid.
We prefer it if you are self directed and motivated in terms of getting things done – you can choose when you do things to work in best with your plans. Melbourne is a great place so we hope you can get out and explore it as much as possible! I will give you a list of things we need help with – but I won’t tell you what to do and when to do it (I spend enough time telling my kids what to do!). You can look through the list and decide what to do each day. Occasionally there may be a specific time when I need your help, or I may ask that one of the jobs gets done on a particular day, but for the most part, we are pretty flexible! As long as you help out around 3 hours each day we will be happy :-)
Mainly English. Ben speaks French, and I speak some German and Indonesian
You would have your own room with a comfy queen sized bed, access to a bike, free Wifi, all meals provided, and the workload wont be too tough!
We like to share meals together and have a chat about our days, and also like time out by ourselves in the evening to relax and unwind.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Approximately 3 hours, some days more, some days less! (with 2 days off)