Don’t assume a Nanny is the same as an Au Pair! Not true! Smart families realize benefits of hosting an Au Pair compared to hiring a Nanny! So does Summer Blackhurst, mom and blogger. Read what she says about switching from a nanny to an au pair: Changing from a Nanny to an Au Pair
When hosting an Au Pair, you are encouraged, even required interview over time. We strongly suggest you Skype with your Au Pair & family/friends, over multiple occasions. Most Nannies don’t offer you to also interview their family/friends! You are making this person part of your family, and in turn, you become a part of theirs.
Concerned about safety and unsavory types? Au Pairs pass a criminal background check, previous childcare references (not family members) & school have been agency-verified; if you want a background check for a Nanny, pay for it & check references yourself. Go Au Pair lets you see all the info you need to make an informed decision about your next caregiver.
Infant-qualified Au Pair profiles even show you how many hours with each age group (under 2 yrs) is verified experience.
We also have an online community, lead by the Au Pair Sis, to suggest activities, events, helpful ideas for the kids and tasty international recipes to Au Pairs all over the country. Unless your nanny belongs to an agency, she may have little support like this!
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 & 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 as-advertised.
Au Pairs from Go Au Pair complete 32 hrs of training including child development, focusing on U.S. specific safety practices & review of CPR/First Aid procedures; no specific training is required for a person to call themselves a Nanny. You can also send your Au Pair for an additional training and orientation in New York City, a great welcome-to-the-family gift for your new Au Pair!
Host Families get to set house rules, curfew, day/night guests, work/vacation schedules plus TV, phone, internet & gaming usage! Nannies may have outside responsibilities that define their schedules more rigidly than an Au Pair who lives with you! Since your Au Pair is a member of the family, you work with him or her to meet everyone’s needs, without sacrificing anyone’s free time!
Full time Au Pairs work up to 45 hrs/wk (>10 hrs/day) for as little as $329/wk (or p/t >30 hrs/wk @ $277/wk) & can do tasks like kids’ laundry, tidying up kids’ play areas & rooms, light meal prep/clean up & even driving. Visit Go Au Pair’s Providence page at http://www.goaupair.com/Providence and inquire about our Local Area Promotional Pricing! The U.S. Dept. of State regulates the Au Pair Program for cultural exchange visitors; Go Au Pair sponsors the Visa & handles all paperwork & logistics for you.
Consider hosting an Au Pair in 2014! It will be the best cultural child care experience you ever gave your kids and yourself! Then visit http://www.goaupair.com/Host-Families/What-is-Au-Pair-Child-Care/Au-Pair-vs-Nanny-vs-Daycare.aspx, and contact me, Joan Lowell, your Local Area Representative, at 401.309.1925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.