Busy parents are always looking for safe, reliable help in taking care of their children. One childcare option that is frequently overlooked is hosting an au pair from a foreign country. Au pairs provide live in childcare service and a cultural experience while living with the family. Typically the age of an au pair is from 20-24 years old. They must be fluent in English plus have a driver’s license and be willing to stay with the host family for at least 12 months.
The host family must meet certain requirements as well, such as submitting an application, providing a private bedroom for the au pair and completing an in-home interview. There are regulations to comply with the U.S. Department of State, including limiting the au pairs work hours to a maximum of 45 hours a week and 10 hours a day. One leading agency is AuPairCare who has been in business since 1989. Check out the website to learn more about hosting and qualifications.
An au pair becomes a part of your extended family while acting as a loving caregiver for your children.
AuPairCare offers discounts for families with twins and multiples as well as military families. For further discussion, contact Judy Howard program adviser at 972 530 1738.