If you are open to the idea of intercultural childcare, welcoming an au pair into your home and family may be a wonderful and rewarding childcare option. Inviting an au pair into your home can expose your family to their language and culture. Your children will learn words in your au pair’s native tongue as well as songs and games from her home country. Au pairs also help children gain a renewed appreciation for their own environment and a desire to see more of the world.
What is an au pair and what are the benefits of hosting an au pair?
Au pairs are caring, committed, and educated young people, ages 18-26 years, from many different countries worldwide. They are eager to experience American culture while sharing their own culture with their host family. An au pair lives in your home as a family member and provides your family with up to 45 hours per week of personalized childcare. Because they live in your home, they have the unique advantage of knowing how you run your household and how you raise your children. The expectations you have for your children remain consistent and you are able to control their environment. Au pairs provide an extra set of hands to help with child-related tasks like their laundry, toy and room, pick-up, meal preparation, errands, homework, taking to activities or to and from school. With the extra set of hands you have more quality time with your children when you are home. Your children are raised and cared for in the comfort of their home. Your au pair provides safety, security, consistency, quality, flexibility and loving care. An au pair becomes a “big sister” or “big brother” to your children. Au pairs have become more affordable than the typical childcare options and cost the same price regardless of your family size. Au pairs travel legally to the United States to care for children on a cultural exchange visa. Au pairs working conditions are regulated by the U.S. Department of State, so there are rules that must be followed. An au pair can work up to (but no more than) 45 hours a week, 10 hours per day. Au pairs are paid a weekly stipend of $195.75, as dictated by the U.S. Department of State. Many au pairs have hundreds, even thousands, of hours of experience as babysitters, tutors, kindergarten assistants, camp counselors and sport instructors. I f you would like to host an Au Pair, APPLY today! Visit my website: www.jmorrow.aupairnews.com.
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