USA Au Pair
Training School

Your USA Au Pair Training School – what is it?

When you arrive in the USA to start your au pair placement, before joining your host family you will have the chance to settle in by attending our partner agency’s USA Au Pair Training School and Programme Orientation in New Haven, Connecticut.

This is a requirement of the Department of State and is a great way for you to take some time to recover from jet lag and ask questions about your new life in a comfortable environment. It is also an opportunity to meet other au pairs joining families in the USA and make friends. We find that classmates will often stay in touch throughout their entire stay in the country and beyond.

Classes are led by a team of child development experts who have extensive experience teaching and working with children in learning and caring environments.

Your class training will be a total of 32 hours spread over three days and will be focused on topics such as child development and child safety. Information will be delivered via a series of lectures, classroom learning, videos, tests and hands-on projects.

Students will have free time during the evening to explore the region. One of the most popular nearby destinations for students to visit is New York!

Accommodation, along with all breakfasts and lunches, will be included during the three-day course. Once you have completed your training, your host family will either collect you from the training school or will pay for pre-arranged travel to their home.

Read our testimonials to hear from those who have experienced the programme for themselves.

Your chance to acquire new skills

Attending the USA Au Pair Training School will give you the skills and confidence you need to settle in with your new family. As part of your training, you will also receive an Au Pair Workbook, which details the lessons you have attended so that you can refer to it throughout your time in America.

Topics Covered

  • An au pair’s role and responsibilities
  • American culture and the typical American household
  • Creating a positive working relationship with host parents
  • Preparing for any potential culture shock
  • Establishing routines and maintaining flexibility
  • Health and nutritional needs of children
  • Child temperaments and how to communicate effectively with children of all ages


  • In-depth child development and safety courses for
    • Newborn babies to 12 months
    • Infants aged 12 months to 24 months
    • Two to five year olds
    • Five to 12 years plus
  • Sibling relationships and how to care for more than one child at a time
  • Household safety and hygiene
  • First Aid Training – including CPR for children and infants
  • Safety training for infants, toddlers and young children

For more information about the USA Au Pair Programme and how to apply, please visit our page USA Gap Year Au Pair Programme.

What our happy families and au pairs have to say

Throughout, Square AuPair remained in regular contact, were very professional but friendly and always happy to answer any questions and to have follow-up calls if necessary.

It has been a great pleasure working with Square AuPair and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

We couldn’t be happier. We have a wonderful person living with us, who is very responsible and caring of our children.

A special thanks goes to Square AuPair for helping me find my dream 'second family'.

I will definitely contact you again when it is time to find a new au pair for our family.

I'm very happy. I'm in the best family. The first days have been very nice!

Square AuPair have been amazing at walking us through the entire au pair process.

I'm settling in very well, my host family is lovely! They are so kind with me and always ask me if I need something or if I'm ok. And I'm having a lot of fun with them, we always do something different every day! The house and my room are really lovely too.

I particularly appreciated Kristyna’s approach ... I felt that she understood key points about our needs and our family culture to be able to assess the best personality fit for our girls.

The first couple of days were wonderful. I really like it here. I couldn't complain about anything.

I was impressed with the quality of profiles provided. All candidates were a great fit for our family.

I'm very happy with the family. Tomorrow I start English school and this weekend I met another au pair. I'm very happy.

I highly recommend Square AuPair for their tailored approach and proactive support and intend to use them going forward for as long as I intend to keep having au pairs.

Thank you very much for your support. I'm very, very excited and happy with the family. They're incredible people.

From the first contact to post completion of contract with our new au pair, Square AuPair has acted with a great sense of professionalism and care.

All is great, thank you! I love my routine, the family, where I live - everything!

Thank you for your emails and care you expressed about our new au pair. It looks like you have provided us with the best au pairs so far!

Being together for almost seven months with my host family, I realised how much I grew up. I've done so well with my host family, I have decided to stay longer than a year. Special thanks to Square AuPair for allowing me to have this experience and helping me to find my 'second family'.

Our au pair is wonderful. She is sweet, calm and loving. I couldn't ask for a better au pair. We have had a wonderful experience with our last au pair and we were afraid she had set the bar too high for others, but our new au pair has risen to the occasion. I just hope she is having a great time too and will stay with us for as long as she wants.