The best proof of the quality of aupair childcare

From an Au Pair mom.

(Anna T., a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair.)

The best proof of the quality of aupair childcare is success of the au pair program in your local community.

To help address my concerns about au pairs as childcare providers for babies and toddlers, my local au pair agency coordinator gave me a phone number of a mother with children of similar ages to mine, who was successfully hosting au pairs. Talking to her, asking her questions, helped me witness the success of the au pair program with young children.

Now that some of my children attend preschool, I see other families there who host au pairs, and seeing these young women lovingly interact with their charges during dropoff and pickup, arranging playdates with them outside of school, is the best argument for the au pair program. There are less than forty children in this school, and even fewer families; and not all families have both parents working. Among the two working parent families, there are four who are currently hosting au pairs (two of them are families with multiples!), a fifth family is due to receive their first au pair in a few months, and another single working parent seriously considering the au pair option.

Seeing is believing! My first au pair was offered a part time babysitting gig on the spot when another mother observed her with my children on the playground (of course she had to decline because program regulations don’t allow her to work for pay for anyone else but me). My other au pair was a licensed and experienced teacher in Brazil, and she was offered to substitute teach at my children’s preschool if another teacher was sick, during the times my kids were in school. She could not take a job doing that, but she volunteered her time there.

If you are a family thinking about getting your first au pair and are not as lucky as I am to live in an area where the program is so popular that you can see au pairs in action in your school or your neighborhood, call you local au pair agency coordinator and ask them to put you in touch with host families in your area. Talking with another host family about their experience might be all the convincing you need to start a rich new chapter in the life of your family and to invite your first au pair into your home.

Anna T., a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pairHow to save money on an au pair programHow to welcome your new au pair.

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