AU PAIR VS. NANNY
VS. DAYCARE

Weigh the pros and cons of an au pair versus daycare or a nanny and you may be surprised! Au pairs provide the best of both worlds—the individual attention and convenience families are looking for at an affordable cost.

Disadvantages of Daycare

  • High cost and “per child” rates
  • Hassle of transporting children to and from the daycare facility
  • Inflexible hours and expensive late fees
  • High staff turnover and staff inexperience
  • High child-to-staff ratio
  • Long wait lists
  • Lack of coverage when children are sick
  • Tendency to expose children to colds and other illnesses

Disadvantages of Nannies

  • High cost and need for salary negotiations
  • Lack of quality candidates
  • Lack of a qualified agency in the area
  • Lack of night or weekend coverage
  • The hassle of verifying her legal work eligibility
  • Absence of a back-up plan if she falls ill or quits
  • No regulation or support from a third-party agency or staff member
Au pair Nanny Daycare

Affordable weekly cost

An affordable childcare solution regardless of the number of children you have.

$385*

$525

$680

Up to 45 hours of care per week on a schedule you set

The ability to create your own childcare schedule week-to-week.

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Convenience of a live-in caregiver

Peace of mind that comes with knowing your caregiver is close by.

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Assistance with household duties

An extra helping hand with kids’ laundry, meals and room pick-up.

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Caregivers qualified in CPR/AED and First Aid

Knowledge that your childcare provider is Red Cross-certified in adult and pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid.

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Opportunity for cultural exchange

Exposure to a new culture, language and way of life.

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*Based on 49 program weeks.