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Au pair firm looks for Irish grannies

IRISH granny au pairs are in high demand from German families who prefer an "experienced" hand with their children.

Granny Aupair has more than 500 young-at-heart grandmothers in 40 countries.

And the company is keen to recruit more Irish grannies as well as Irish families who may be looking for European au pairs.

Granny Aupair founder Michaela Hansen said: "We are actively seeking Irish families to participate as many of our grannies are keen Ireland fans and most of them speak English quite well.


"We are interested in expanding our service for grannies from other countries.

"Currently, we have mostly German, Austrian, Swiss, French and Spanish grannies but we would be delighted to welcome Irish grannies."

The grannies help with housekeeping and children and get free board and lodging in return.

Maria Mletzko (61) from Frankfurt is one such granny currently staying with Stefanie Berger and her family in Maynooth, Co Kildare, until April 17, when she leaves for a family in Sweden.

Stefanie and her husband Felix are originally from Germany and have been living in Ireland for ten years. Their little girl Frieda Luna is aged one.

Stefanie said: "We all benefit from Maria's calmness, her routine with children and her beautiful baking skills."

Further information can be obtained at www.granny-aupair.com