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About Tip-top Au Pairs

Tip-top Au Pairs is an au pair recruitment agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We assist families all over South Africa to find great local au pairs in their areas.

We are a highly qualified, small agency. We sometimes take on fewer clients in order to be able to provide those we have with a quality experience.

The Team

Jani Schoeman (Greeff)

Jani Schoeman (Greeff)

Owner / Client Correspondence / Interviewer

MSc Biological Sciences (ADHD & Nutrition)
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Nutrition)
BSc Psychology and Nutrition

Experience: Recruitment (6 years), Au Pair (4 years), Tutor (5 years), Researcher – Medical Research Council, NPO Founder

Kate Melville

Kate Melville

Interviewer / Recruitment Assistant

Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (USA)

Experience: Occupational Therapy, Recruitment, Writer
Bertus Schoeman

Bertus Schoeman

Web / Finance / Recruitment Assistant

BA (Hons) Visual Communications
BA Psychology and Communications

Experience: Visual Communications, Au Pair (2 years), business administration

An Interesting Fact About The Owner

Our owner (and interviewer) possess and understanding of children and their behaviour that runs deep. She holds an M.Sc. in biological sciences, and during her Master’s year she conducted a study that measured cognition, physical activity and ADHD-related behaviour in children, documenting how these relate to certain nutritional factors. Her research has been published in the British Journal of Nutrition (see article here).

It’s all about the children

Children, being our most valuable assets, deserve our attention and a real effort to invest into their lives. We are proud to say that in our business, it is truly all about the children.

As a parent, we understand that your child means everything to you. We know that you want only the best for your child, and if you could, you would spend a hundred percent of your time and effort investing into your child’s care and happiness. But life happens, mommies have to work too and sometimes they need a bit of ‘me-time’ just so they don’t go completely crazy! In our opinion, an au pair is so much more than a caretaker. Children deserve to have their needs met on all different levels including emotional, cognitive and physical levels. They need to feel that they have someone they can trust to be there for them and take interest in their lives and the things that are important to them. Someone who can celebrate with them and be a shoulder to cry on when they’ve had a bad day at school. From a parent’s perspective, we know that mommies and daddies also need that person they can rely on one hundred percent of the time. You need them to take their responsibilities seriously, yet being willing to run around on the lawn when that’s what your child needs. You want them to create opportunities to stimulate your child mentally. So don’t just pick anyone. Let us assist you in finding the right person.