Au Pairs Are Live-In Childcare Providers
There are different options available for childcare services for parents including the use of au pairs. This type of childcare provider can offer up to 45 hours of childcare assistance per week, must live in your home, and is often a foreign student here in the United States on an education exchange program. There are a limited number of agencies which provide access to matching an au pair for your needs, as well as many fees which must be upfront and even a weekly stipend fee for the au pair in your employment.
Comparing Au Pairs to Other Childcare Providers
Au pairs have advantages and disadvantages which have to be considered when comparing different types of childcare providers. While an au pair is a live-in provider, nannies on the other hand do not have to live with the family if that is not desired. Nannies can be found locally through different agencies, such as Nannies 4 Hire, www.nannies4hire.com, whereas an au pair has to go through a government approved agency.