Childcare options are something that almost every parent will need to make an important decision about. If you are a working parent, you will need to ensure that your child receives adequate care whilst you are unable to be with them. There are a range of different childcare options available, and it really is down to the individual parent and child which one is chosen. More and more families are opting to host an au pair as it’s affordable and convenient. We’ve listed just a few of the main advantages to hosting an au pair in your home.
Many reputable au pair agency services such as aufini.com will work hard to pair a family up to an au pair that’s perfectly suitable for them, meaning that as a family you will benefit from a truly personalised service. If you have older children you may be more suited to an au pair who is coming to your country in order to learn the language and get work experience, but if you have toddlers or a young baby you will probably benefit more from a more experienced au pair who has qualifications in childcare. The agency will take all this into account when finding an au pair who is suitably matched to you and your individual needs.
Flexible and Affordable Childcare
If you’re getting tired of doing the school run in your pyjamas or without having chance to dry your hair, you will benefit from having the services of an au pair. Au pairs live in your home, meaning that you have around the clock access to help with housework and childcare. Many au pairs don’t ask for much in the way of pay – room, board and an allowance will usually suffice – making them more affordable than a live in nanny. If you use a reputable au pair agency you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that your children are being looked after by an experienced au pair in the comfort of your own home.
Another unique benefit of hiring an au pair is that you and your family will be able to learn about another culture and language, and you will also be able to teach the au pair more about your culture and language as well. Many au pairs are young people who are looking to learn and broaden their experiences, and together you can learn a lot about each other’s cultures. If your children are learning languages in school an au pair can often come in handy for helping with homework, and it’s also a great way to start introducing your children to different cultures and a different way of life from other parts of the world.
Have you hired an au pair to help with childcare? How did hiring an au pair benefit you and your family? If there is anything that you’d like to add to our list, we’d love to hear all about your experience in the comments below.