Most parents recognize the au pair program as an alternative childcare option to daycare or a nanny. But what can come as a surprise are all the advantages families gain when they choose this increasingly popular solution. According to our host families, here are the top 5 unexpected benefits of hosting an au pair!
1. Competitive cost
The cost of hosting an au pair includes a program fee paid to your au pair agency and a weekly stipend paid directly to your au pair. The total investment is competitive with daycare in most communities and it’s generally more affordable than hiring a professional nanny!
2. Exposure to a different culture
Au pairs come from all over the world, and they bring their language and customs with them. Some au pairs help their host children learn another language; others will share recipes, songs and holiday traditions with their entire family. Hosting an au pair is a great way to learn more about the world!
3. Help with laundry, meals and room pick-up
Au pairs can help with household duties related to the children, including laundry, meal prep and keeping kids’ areas tidy. Help with these household tasks eases the burden and makes for a more peaceful household for busy working parents.
4. Date night coverage
Au pairs can work up to 45 hours per week on a schedule that works best for your family. So, if you need weeknight or weekend coverage, an au pair can help! Date nights, work dinners, gym classes, etc. become easier to schedule with a built-in, trusted caregiver at home.
5. Lifelong friendships
The relationship you build with your au pair often lasts long after they return home, and children, in particular, benefit from a network of older siblings around the world. Many host families keep in regular touch with their former au pairs and plan visits in the USA and overseas.