Our primer will teach you the ins and outs of nannies and au pairs. Weigh your options and decide what is right for your family.
Sep 21, 2015Pregnancy & Postpartum
You've heard your friends rave or complain about their au pair or nanny. You're intrigued by what you know so far about the two childcare options. But you want to get your facts straight since you're aware that what's right for your friend's family may not be right for yours. What you may see as a pro (She lives in my house so she's never late!), another family will see as a con (I don't want anyone living in my house!).
Our primer will teach you the ins and outs of each type of childcare provider. Weigh your options and decide whether an au pair or nanny is right for your family.
An au pair is someone who is 18 to 26 years old, usually from another country and who has at the minimum graduated high school. In exchange for room and board, an au pair is contracted to care for your child(ren) a certain number of hours a day and certain number of hours per week. The au pair may or may not have childcare experience. You'll pay a fee to find an au pair through an agency, pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair's education and you'll have to meet a list of requirements since the au pair program is regulated by the U.S. government.
A nanny is a childcare provider who works in your home. You can find one by paying a fee to an agency, searching childcare provider websites or job boards, or getting a name via word of mouth.