The childcare industry necessitates a lot of flexibility. One day the child goes to the doctor and the next day he's got a gluten allergy--I get it. But, with that being said, the parents need to provide the childcare-giver some information.
So here is my inconclusive list of things au pairs (and other care givers) should know:
-allergies (food, medication, seasonal and otherwise)
-any allergy that requires one to stick a needle into him/her to keep child alive
-health issues: prone to ear infections/pink eye/et cetera? Let me know!
-LICE. LICE. LICE. Please don't let your au pair find out from the eight year old while he is RUBBING HIS HEAD AGAINST YOUR SHIRT.
In third grade there was a lice epidemic (yes epidemic) in my class. Now as a self-proclaimed "dirty kid" (I hate to shower. Seriously it's too much work for too little payoff) even I took great pains to avoid it. Just my luck to stay lice-free it in a classroom filled with lice-y children only to be struck down at the age of 22! Sure I don't know if I have it or not (I will shave Mark's head myself if I do) but I'm already feeling itchy....
(And don't pretend like you wouldn't be dramatic about it either. I have an au pair friend who used rubber gloves to bathe one of her lice-infected children... I think I might wear them all the time!)
ICK. This is what my face looks like currently...
Sorry for the over-sharing of information. I just had to write about it!