These are some of the ambitious and capable au pairs I had the pleasure of working with as a Local Childcare Consultant (LCC). They arrived from Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Brazil. Each of these au pairs have returned home to their countries after completing a successful year or two with their host families. Two of these au pairs have returned to Colorado after a two-year break from the au pair program to participate in the au pair program again.
The Au Pair program is more than just childcare. The au pairs integrate into the daily lives of their host families, leaving imprints in the hearts of the family and making an impact. These au pairs and their host families have become part of a global family opening their children’s world and making it so much bigger.
Here is a brief overview of what the au pair childcare program is and some questions to ask yourself while figuring out the best childcare option for your family. The au pair program will not fit every family and lifestyle, but for some families who have discovered the program, it is the only childcare option!
Our au pair childcare program and cultural exchange program offers your family-flexible, live-in childcare with an international perspective. The au pair candidate that you personally interview and select with my help, lives with you as a member of your family. Your children benefit from personalized and consistent care in the comfort of your own home.
- Au pairs are aged 18 to 26 and travel legally to the U.S. to care for children on a cultural exchange visa.
- Au pair working conditions are regulated by the U.S. Department of State, so there are rules that must be followed.
- An au pair can work up to (but no more than) 45 hours a week, 10 hours per day.
- Au Pairs are paid directly by the host family a minimum weekly stipend of $195.75, as dictated by the U.S. Department of State. In addition, there are fees for the au pair service I can break down for you.
- Many au pairs have hundreds, even thousands, of hours of experience as babysitters, tutors, kindergarten assistants, camp counselors, and sports instructors.
- Our agency does not recruit using third-party recruiters or agents.
- Our au pairs are First Aid and CPR certified by the American Red Cross as soon as they arrive from their home countries.
- They have their own health insurance and international driver’s license.
- There are tax benefits, too! I can send you more information on specific tax incentives if you would like!
- The opportunity to expose your family to a new language and culture and to share the American culture!
Are you willing to provide a “home away from home” to your au pair? In exchange, your au pair becomes a “big sister or brother” to your children while you are away. Opening your home and your heart to this unique cross-cultural childcare program will enrich your lives in numerous ways. Childcare is a meaningful way for an au pair to gain insight into American life. While your au pair is providing stable, consistent, and trustworthy childcare to your children, your family will receive many positive and heartwarming benefits from the cultural exchange.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you determine the type of childcare and the needs you would like to have met.
- Which is more important to you: socialization or a caregiver that provides one-on-one attention?
- How much flexibility do you need or want?
- How important is convenience?
- Could you use help around the house? An extra driver? Someone, to help with homework. Meal prep, laundry or room clean-up?
- How much control do you want over your child’s environment?
- Are you interested in cultural exchange?
- Would live-in care be an acceptable option for your family?
If you are interested in this rewarding childcare option and want to learn more, please register at www.culturalcare.com/jmorrow. I look forward to sharing the program with you!
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Monday, 6 January 2020 5:59 PM