Au Pair vs. Daycare or Nanny

A day care center may seem like the most affordable option for childcare. When considering your childcare options, keep the following in mind:

  • If you work full-time, are you able to leave work early to pick up your children? Many day care centers charge high late fees if you are not able to pick-up your children at the scheduled pick-up time.
  • One of the benefits of hosting an au pair is that au pairs have a flexible schedule based on your family’s requirements. Au pairs can work up to 45 hours a week, 10 hours a day.
  • Daycare centers charge separate fees for each child.
  • The Au Pair program fees are not dependent on how many children you have.
  • Do you have back-up childcare when you children get sick? Does the schedule at the Daycare meet your child’s needs?
  • An au pair gives you the flexibility to have childcare in the comfort and familiarity of your own home without the rush of getting the children out of the house.
  • Hosting an au pair through Agent Au Pair gives you the peace of mind to know that your au pair is trained in CPR and first aid.

Au Pair vs. Nanny

  • You may be considering the benefits of a nanny in addition to childcare outside of your home. A nanny can be an expensive solution and can cost up to $800 / week.
  • Many nannies may have additional requirements such as health insurance, paid vacation, and required time off. In addition, nannies are not regulated and may not have first aid, CPR or childcare training.
  • All of Agent Au Pair’s au pairs are trained in childcare, first aid and CPR as part of the Au Pair School Training Program.