What to do about childcare is one of the biggest and most challenging decisions a family can make. As busy parents, we want a safe and flexible option that will also provide our kids with a nurturing, loving and enriching environment.
What is an Au Pair?
An Au Pair is a young adult between 18-26 years old from another country who comes to the U.S. on the Department of State’s J-1 Exchange Visitor program to live and work with a host family. The program is federally regulated and allows au pairs to provide up to 45 hours per week (10 hours per day) of childcare while experiencing life as part of an American family. For host families, it’s a reliable, flexible and trustworthy childcare solution that brings a uniquely cultural and fun new dynamic to the home—and for au pairs, it’s a chance to see a new corner of the world, practice their English, meet new people and broaden their horizons.
Why do families choose to host an au pair for their childcare needs?
Hosting an au pair offers flexibility that other childcare options often can’t provide. Since au pairs live with their host family, they are able to provide childcare before and after school, during snow days or sick days, date nights and on weekends. Au pairs provide one-one-supervision from an energetic, loving caregiver. Also, compared to traditional nannies or daycare costs, hosting an au pair can sometimes cost less at approximately $1650 per month, plus there is no Nanny Tax! The Au pair agency also covers the au pair’s health care insurance so host families do not have to worry about this.
What qualifications does a person need to have to be considered as an au pair?
Au Pairs have a minimum of 200 hours of childcare experience. They must have graduated from high school, have a driver’s license (or be able to obtain one) and be proficient in English. They also undergo a thorough screening process that includes verification of their education, a criminal background check, health screenings, personal and professional references, and a personality profile.
Where can families go to learn more about the au pair program?
Ask your personal Au Pair Matching Expert, Amy Cordone.
More details about the Au Pair program can be found: www.culturalcare.com/acordone
Nationwide Au Pair Matching Consultant, Amy Quan Cordone