Hosting an Au Pair, Compared to Daycare

I have been sharing the benefits of hosting an Au Pair, so far for kids and parents. Now I would like to compare the benefits, mostly to parents but indirectly to children as well.

Hosting an Au Pair is the most cost-effective solution available in the child care field; daycare costs increase per child!

When hosting an Au Pair, the Host Family generates their own house rules, written and agreed to by both parties before the Au Pair leave home; daycare agencies create contracts and require families to abide by them or pay extra.

Infant-qualified Au Pairs from Go Au Pair receive specific training and when viewing potential candidates, you know exactly how many hours with each group under age two, and what kind of childcare experience with older kids, which is verified as part of the extensive screening process successful Au Pairs complete, including a background investigation, psychometric testing, and a health exam. What training is provided at your current or local daycare?

Au Pairs are young people ages 18-26 who are at least high school graduates, speak English, and come to America to provide childcare,for cultural exchange and to take college courses. These are young people accountable to a Department of State-overseen program. What do your daycare workers do after hours?/

Hosting an Au Pair teaches children to accept and even befriend those with differences; how culturally diverse and accepting is your daycare? When Au Pairs provide cultural exchange activities for your children, what cultural activities is the daycare doing with the kids?

Full time Au Pairs work up to 45 hours per week (not more than 10 hours/day) for about $343 per week or part time Au Pairs can work up to 30 hours per week for about $292 per week. In addition to the direct childcare duties, Au Pairs can also perform simple child-related tasks like kids’ laundry, tidying up kids’ play areas and bedrooms, light meal prep and clean up, and even driving to/from school, appointments or activities, if you need.

Consider hosting an Au Pair; for more information comparing Au Pair childcare to other forms of childcare, visit, view our local page at or contact me, Joan Lowell, your Local Area Representative for Go Au Pair, with your questions, at 401.309.1925 or

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