Finding the right childcare for your children can be a difficult task. It does require time and is not something that should be rushed. If you have no one to mind your kids when you are at work, going to the gym, or simply just need some rest, hiring an au pair may be the ideal option for you with affordable childcare and cultural exchange. An au pair can help take care of the children and do light cooking and cleaning which is a winning solution for many busy families. Here are some of the reasons to hire an au pair.
What is an Au Pair?
An au pair is a young person between the ages of 18 to 30 years of age from another country looking to travel to Ireland or abroad to learn English, work in childcare, experience new culture while living with a host family. They are one part exchange student and one part nanny.
An au pair lives with a family, takes care of the kids, and in return, the host provides a room, food, and all other necessities. One of the primary objectives of an au pair is the mutual exchange of culture which benefits both the au pair and the host family. To have a successful relationship both parties must be aware of the requirements needed and the conditions that must be met.
An au pair offers complete response and flexibility to individual needs. An au pair will take care of your kids whenever you need them. They live in your home so they will never be late. You won’t need to worry about having to pick up your kids from daycare as the au pair will be in the comfort of your own home taking care of them.
An au pair is also very flexible if your schedules are irregular, and you may be away for long periods of time. They will free up your time without the need for a babysitter. They will also give you peace of mind that your children will understand their routines and be with someone you can trust.
Affordability compared to other options
Many host families find au pairs to be more affordable than hiring a nanny or a childcare center and is especially true if you live in a high-cost area. The wages you may pay the au pair will be a lot less than what you would pay for a day-to-day childcare center or a nanny. Depending on the country an au pair is more economical.
Exposure to new languages and cultures
One of the primary reasons for hiring an au pair is the culture and language exposure. This works for both the host family and the au pair. They will learn something about your culture and vice versa. This gives your kids a great opportunity to learn a new language and other cultures.
There is no better way to learn a new language than an au pair from another country. Think about all the aspects such as music, cuisine, games, lifestyle, and much more. You can discuss all the differences, similarities, and share recommendations between both countries. It gives your kids a great opportunity to grow open-minded, learn about other cultures and learn how to like other people from different nationalities.
Discover International Cuisine
Hiring an au pair offers a great opportunity to try different cuisine, mix with other people, and explore a new culture. An au pair will teach you about their country’s cuisine. They can cook different dishes giving your family the opportunity to taste and try new foods and drink. Your kids will get to experience different flavours which will expand their culinary taste and appreciate other cuisines. Cooking could become an activity to get the kids involved with creating a great bond with the au pair long term.
Creates an international friendship
Being a family host for an au pair will inevitably create a long-term and close friendship which would inevitably make them feel extra welcome and part of the family. An au pair will create a special bond with the children and become family friends. Even when the au pair leaves the friendship can last for many years. Sometimes families will visit their country on a vacation and keep in touch via online skype.
Responsibilities and duties of an au pair
The responsibilities and duties of an au pair will vary from family to family. The kid’s emotional and developmental needs are the most important through every age group. Regular feedback from the au pair should be mandatory either in verbal or written form depending on what the family requires. With the hours agreed the duties would include:
- Activities for the kids to keep healthy and fit
- Packing school bags and lunches for the next school day
- Feeding the children
- Research for projects, homework supervision, and test preparation
- Playing age-appropriate games
- Picking up from school if required
- Assisting with bath time
- Preparing meals
- Home organization
- Running errands
Your kid’s well-being is paramount and finding the right au pair will make a huge difference. Find an au pair that you can trust and will become a friend to your kids and to the family. If you are seeking an in-living nanny, then an au pair is the ideal option. The au pairs personality will play a huge role and impact on the relationship with the entire family.
Since the au pair will be living with a host family, it is important that everyone gets along smoothly. Experience is very important but also you need to seek someone with an approachable and mature personality.