Au Pairs are young adults, ages 18-26 years, who come to this country for a period of one to two years in order to live with an American family while providing childcare and childcare-related housekeeping and also attending a local college or university for a complete cultural exchange experience. When I get calls or emails from potential host parents, they often ask about the benefits of the au pair program and why I would recommend it over the best local options.
Please consider this outstanding experienced au pair candidate from Go Au Pair:
Kayla Louise from Australia
Program Type: Standard Au Pair – Full time – Kayla has successfully completed one year in America and would like to experience another part of the country and another Host Family for 12 months more
Age Experience: Infant Qualified with 380 hours documented under age 2 experience, plus Babysitting and Daycare experience with 5-10 years old and over 10 years old
Type of Training: CPR and First Aid Certified
Hobbies: reading, hanging out with friends and family, shopping, watching movies, going for walks, scrapbooking, baking and swimming
Host Family Dynamics: willing to place with traditional married couple, single parents of either gender, gay or lesbian families with children ages 12 weeks to teenagers
23 years old, High School Graduate
Holds Driver’s license since 7/2010(will need to obtain state-issued license for driving locally in second year)
Swims, cooks, will place with pets (except lizards or snakes)
Awarded for donating blood over ten times, has volunteered at animal shelter
Speaks English with rank of 5 out of 5
All Au Pairs pass a 17-point screening process, background check, personality profile, speak English (rated 1-5), receive 32 hrs child care training in child development & safety, provide live-in care & perform child-related tasks like meal prep for kids, children’s laundry, cleaning children’s playroom & bedrooms. Full time Au Pairs work up to 45 hours per week for about $340, or up to 30 hrs for $288. Each Au Pair also completes an educational component.
Au pairs bring so much more than 45 hours of childcare and related tasks to the table; you may never hire another babysitter again. Au pairs add to your family. They bring a greater repertoire of parenting skills to your home. That is not to say you don’t have enough of your own, but the saying “two minds are better than one” really does apply here. Imagine an issue that you are having with your kids, big or small. If you try to brainstorm solutions by yourself, you are limited to your own imagination, unless you go searching online or in a book. With an au pair, he or she brings varied experiences from other families that you and I simply do not have unless we have been a caretaker for other families.
I look forward to seeing your completed Host Family Application soon or answering your questions about a cultural childcare experience for your family in 2016.