From Au Pair mom
How to decide to host an Au Pair?
Here is an Au Pair advice from Anna T. Anna T. is a host mother and an author of articles about hosting an au pair: How to hire an au pair, How to save money on an au pair program, How to welcome your new au pair.
When a family is faced with a choice of childcare, there are many – a large daycare center, a small home-based daycare, a private nanny or a babysitter, a combination of family help and daycare or babysitters, afterschool care for older children….
Even after considering the combination of great benefits and low cost of au pairs, the hardest part is to finally make that choice and invite your first au pair into your home. With all the other childcare choices, a parent can see what it is like, meet the caregiver in person before committing, arrange for a trial period, and see how this method works for their friends and neighbors. But because chances are that a family doesn’t personally know anybody else with an au pair, cannot see it for themselves, this option doesn’t get the consideration it deserves.
It took me almost a year after first seriously considering au pairs, to finally get our first au pair. I was expecting my second child when I first applied to the au pair program, but in the end I have gotten a nanny instead. After eight months and five nannies, I have finally made the plunge, and matched with our first au pair. I haven’t looked back! I have used homebased daycare, large institutional daycare, nanny, afterschool care at different times for my children, and au pair childcare beats all those options for me, hands down.
When I was first considering using au pairs for childcare, I had many questions and doubts. Now, in my fifth year of hosting au pairs, I can answer every one of those questions that a perspective host parent will worry about:
Stay tuned, these questions and many more will be answered soon.