Hosting an Au Pair, Compared to Hiring a Nanny

Smart families realize the benefits of hosting an Au Pair as compared to hiring a Nanny, whether privately or through an agency.

Hosting an Au Pair, you are encouraged to learn as much about your Au Pair, through free profiles at

or by using Skype to talk to your potential Au Pairs and their family and friends, over multiple occasions. Most Nannies don’t offer you to also interview their family and friends about them!

Hosting an Au Pair guarantees you an individual who has passed a criminal background check, and whose previous childcare references (who, by the way, cannot be family members) and school have been verified by the agency; if you want a background check done for a Nanny, you are paying for it and checking references yourself.

Infant-qualified Au Pair profiles even show you how many hours with each specific age group (under 2 years) which that Au Pair has verified experience.

Au Pairs are the perfect age (18-26) to be responsible, yet active, with your kids; they are not teenagers, but also not “boring.” Au Pairs pass health exams and psychometric testing to determine they are right for the program; a Nanny may be unable to relate to young children or may not be the people-person they advertised.

Au Pairs from Go Au Pair complete 32 hours of training including child development, safety with a focus on U.S. specific practices, and a review of CPR and First Aid procedures; no specific training whatever is required for an individual to call themselves a private Nanny.

Hosting an Au Pair allows the Host Family to set the rules of the house, including curfew, day and night guests, work and vacation schedules plus TV, phone, internet & gaming usage! (Keep in mind you are asking your Au Pair to become a member of the family, not a slave, but it is still your home.) Private Nannies may have outside responsibilities that define their schedules much more rigidly than your Au Pair who lives in your home!

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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