• UK Education Garden

Live in UK | How we live together: the family and the ‘granny au pair’

‘We tried younger au pairs, but they used to look at their phones constantly’

Melissa, left, and Maria. Photograph: Karen Robinson/The Guardian Melissa Lee My husband and I have twins under five and we both work full-time. When the children were born, it was havoc. We tried younger au pairs, but they used to look at their phones constantly instead of taking care of the children. About two years ago, a friend suggested a “granny au pair”, as they are more mature and responsible. Older women also tend to have a lot of wisdom. Maria is our fifth “granny au pair”. My first impression was that she is just like Maria in The Sound Of Music. She is also really tall – like a super-Maria. We talk about British or European issues at dinner, but no matter how serious, we always end up laughing. In Austria, Maria is a comedian and actor, and I’m going to sponsor her to do a writing course to help with her performances.

Maria Neuschmid This is my first time as an au pair and living abroad. I wanted to travel and learn English. I have been married for 33 years so my husband and I have seen each other enough! I’m 60, and I thought, if you don’t do it now, you never will. I have five children and four grandchildren so am very experienced. I was a bit homesick when I arrived in June, but now I know the family. It is interesting to see how people live in other countries. I enjoy the work, too. Nobody believes it, but my passion is cleaning. Melissa and I have a good relationship but I will return to Austria at the end of August for a comedy performance. I can remember an hour’s worth of lines but not the time Melissa is coming home – I have to ask her five times!

Original Post: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/aug/10/how-we-live-together-family-and-granny-au-pair

Recent Posts

See All

Our Working Partners



© Copyright 2021 by

UK Education Garden LTD

​Registered in England​

Company Number:


VAT Registration Number:

329 491 183

UK Education Garden is committed to donating part of our profits to support the development of Cambridge colleges, schools and meaningful children projects. 

All right reserved.

Melissa Lee - CEO & Founder

Email: founder@ukedugarden.com

Tel: +44 7305 030596

Dr Irene Lau - Co-founder & CEO of Asia Pacific Region

Email: ceo@ukedugarden.com

Tel: +44 7379 177888

(WhatsApp Only)

Anne Shum - Independent School Consultant

Email: anne.shum@ukedugarden.com

Twinkle Tam - Office Manager

Email: office@ukedugarden.com

Tel: +852 2587 8880

Joe Yin - Kuala Lumpur Office Manager

Email: KLoffice@ukedugarden.com

Tel: +60 172 277 884

Cambridge Office

St John’s Innovation Centre,

Cowley Road,



Asia Pacific Region Office

14th Floor,

St John's Building,

33 Garden Road,


Hong Kong

Abbey College Cambridge

Bassett House School

Bell Cambridge

Brentwood School

Bright Beginnings Day Nurseries

British Boarding Schools Network

Broomfield House School

Cambridge Academy of English

Cambridge Dream

Cambridge Inner Game Leadership

Cambridge International School

Cambridge Regional College

Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

Capital Mandarin School

Cardiff Sixth Form College

Churchill College Conferences


Eaton Square Nursery

Eaton Square School



Hampstead Fine Arts College

Heathside School

Hopes and Dreams Montessori Nursery School

Hyde Park School, Kensington, London

iTour Study (HK)

James-Lee Consultancy Ltd

Kew Montessori Nursery School

Knightsbridge School

Landmark International School

Leighton Park School

Luckley House School

Miss Daisy's Nursery

Moreton Hall Preparatory School

MPW, Cambridge

Multi Express Travel

Old Buckenham Hall

Orchard House School

Oxford Guardians

Oxford Royale Academy

Princess Helena College

Prospect House School

Radnor House Twickenham

Reflections Nursery & Forest School

Rochester Independent College

Sancton Wood School

Sancton Wood School, Cambridge 

St Margaret's Montessori Nursery School

St Mary's Cambridge

Stroke College

Studio Cambridge

The Leys School

The Lyceum School

Tian Yu Association Internation

Twickenham Park Day Nursery