When you’re working in au pair jobs, you need to have a host of ideas up your sleeve to keep the children you’re looking after occupied and amused.
Although it’s half term this week, there are likely to be plenty of rainy days ahead in the coming months, so you might want to save up some of the suggestions made by the Guardian.
One place that’s educational as well as fun is Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. Spend a day here and you can help the kids uncover the wonders of the universe. If you can make it during half term you can take advantage of one of the free telescope tours to learn more about the giant Lovell Telescope.
In Berkshire, meanwhile, you can escape to the tropics if you take a trip to Living Rainforest. Within its three greenhouses are over 650 plants and animals found in the rainforests of the world, and there are free guided rainforest tours twice a day on Saturdays and Sundays.
To help stimulate young minds, you may want to look into visiting the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire. It’s recently reopened after suffering damage in flash floods and there’s lots of keep you amused.
Hands-on galleries, free craft sessions and free storytelling during weekends and school holidays are just a few of the highlights.
Spending a day at an attraction like one of these could also be a great way to get the children you’re caring for away from their computer or phone screens for a few hours. Earlier this year, research by Decathlon revealed that children aged six to sixteen spend an average of more than 14 hours each week playing video games.