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Pros and cons of hosting an Au Pair

You are looking for a child care solution for your kids, but neither nursery, nor nannies and babysitters suit your needs? Maybe hosting an Au Pair will be the right solution for you! An Au Pair is a young person who is interested in living with a Host Family for some time abroad, looking after the children and getting to know the local culture. As everything, Au Pair program has its own pros and cons.

Pros of hosting an Au Pair

  • Flexible time. As the Au Pair lives with your family, you have the flexibility to assign responsibilities to her/him any time of the day upon your necessity within the maximum allowed number of working hours
  • Cultural exchange. Your family will get to know more about another country and culture. You will also raise the cultural awareness and tolerance in the children.
  • Another language. Your family has a chance to learn another language by hiring a native speaker. 
  • Variety of tasks. In addition to the child care, an Au Pair can help with some light housework (though he/she is not a cleaning lady or a nanny). 
  • Cost efficient. Au Pair is often more affordable than a nanny or nurseries. Learn more about the cost of hiring an Au Pair.

Cons of hosting an Au Pair

  • Loss of privacy. As Au Pair will be living with the Host Family, the family’s privacy will be influenced. It will take a bit time to adapt to a new person. 
  • Cultural gap. It takes some time for an Au Pair to adapt to a new place and country. It will also take time for your children to accept a new person. Sometimes the cultural gap is bigger than expected or Au Pair might feel homesick, thus the Au Pair contract might be terminated earlier. 
  • It’s not a professional child care. The main goal of the Au Pair program is cultural exchange, hence most of participants belong to different profiles and not necessarily have any professional child care skills. 
  • Specific requirements. The Host Family needs to provide an Au Pair room, boarding and other conditions that are foreseen by the Au Pair Program. 
  • Organizational efforts. As a Host Family you will need to provide all required support and documents for visa, insurance, registration and other formalities. 
If you think that Au Pair Program is the right solution for you and you meet the program requirements, start looking for an Au Pair now. 

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