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.




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

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


Convenience of a live-in caregiver

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


Assistance with household duties

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


Caregivers qualified in CPR/AED and First Aid

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



Opportunity for cultural exchange

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



*Based on 49 program weeks.