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A small selection of comments from families who have found the aide-maman scheme a useful and enjoyable experience:

“I cannot thank you enough for organising for Prisca to spend a month with us. She fitted in perfectly and was a huge help and support to me and a great friend to the children. She was extremely conscientious and kind. She played wonderfully with the children and had bought a book of things to make and do with her which was a brilliant idea.
All in all it was a huge success which I am sure we shall be looking to repeat next year.”

 - A. Guinness

We have really enjoyed her company, help and very happy, sunny personality in our family. She will be greatly missed although I know that we will remain in contact. All my friends and family who met her were greatly impressed and I would say she has been a great ambassador for Belaf.
I would not hesitate to recommend Belaf or to use you again next year as it has been such a wonderful experience for us all.
My children have really enjoyed having a ‘second mother’ and I know, like me, were very sad to say au revoir this morning. My eldest son got up this morning at 6 am just to say goodbye.
Once again, thank you very much for arranging our aide-maman.”

 - A. Giles

“Thank you for sending us such lovely girls to help for the summer. They were both a pleasure to have - helpful, kind, polite and good company.
It was an enormous help to me and we all had a more relaxed and fun summer.”

 - P. Stone

“In August 2005 I worked in a British family near Bath. It was a very good experience - all the members of the family were so kind to me and we had many interests in common. I have created real bonds of friendship with my family and in February they will ski in a resort near my home, so we will ski together!
So thank you, Belaf. It was such a good experience that I would like to go back to the United Kingdom again.

 - H. Prophete (aide-maman)

From ‘Families’ magazine, Berkshire:

Aide-Maman with child

Last summer, when the holidays were looming and the prospect of keeping our children entertained all day every day was playing on my mind, I thought to myself what I could really do with is an extra pair of hands. Well, they say you only have to wish hard enough.
In my case, Carole Browne of Belaf came to the rescue. She can arrange for a French student (17-19 years) to come to England for 3 to 4 weeks on a ‘work for keep’ scheme.
Sophie spent the whole of July with us, was an instant hit with our 20 month old son and everyone was in tears the day she left!
The student’s aim is to improve their English and, in return, the family receives a lot of valuable help looking after their children.
The reason it doesn’t cost you anything is that for students in France it is obligatory to do some work experience and some choose to do that in England.
For working mothers, Belaf can also organise a summer holiday au pair (who would receive a weekly salary) for longer periods.

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