Our most recent Au Pair get together: an evening well spent in Vancouver’s Gastown including good people, good pasta, and good pictures!
Au Pairs are a great & flexible option for busy families!
Au Pairs are young childcare providers, generally aged approximately 18-25, the majority originate from Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand. Au Pairs come to Canada on the International Experience Class a.m. Working Holiday Visa.
However, their main purpose is to discover Canada and it is their choice to live with a Canadian family to experience Canadian culture first hand.
Au Pair is a French term which translates as “equal to”, meaning that the relationship between a family and their Au Pair is a reciprocal and caring one. Au Pairs become a part of the family during their stay. They live with their Canadian host family and are flexible in their working hours, able to take care of the children on both a full or part-time basis depending on the parents’ needs. Typically an Au Pair placement will be for a 6-12 month period.
While an Au Pair’s main responsibility is childcare, she will also assist with child-related household duties. Many will also hold driver’s licences and be able to drive as part of their duties. Au Pairs will have undertaken previous childcare work outside of their own family such as babysitting and tutoring.
During the time they are not working, Au Pairs will want to learn about Canadian culture by being involved with their host family and though they have a high degree of English language ability, may undertake a language course to further improve their skills.
In exchange, Au Pairs provide your children with a great opportunity to learn about their culture, their food and even introduce a second language into the home.
Having an Au Pair take care of your children can be an extremely rewarding experience for the entire family.
5 Reasons to host an Au Pair in 2018!
Looking for a reliable childcare solution that won’t break the bank? Consider hosting an Au Pair!
Au Pairs are young women and men that come to Canada on a Working Holiday Visa to experience the different culture, the beautiful country, and life in a Canadian family. They live in your home and provide part-time – full-time childcare for your kids. Check out some of the benefits of hiring an Au Pair below:
Your Benefits of hiring an Au Pair in 2018:
Unlike other forms of childcare, Au Pairs provide busy parents with flexibility that fits their schedule. They are available for split shifts, early morning care, your regular 9 – 5 schedule, and more! If your schedule changes weekly, they are able to accommodate – as long you discuss it previously. This is a big lifesaver for parents who struggle to find childcare at certain times of the day/evening.
Home Based Care
You don’t have to worry about drop offs and pickups or leaving your child in an unfamiliar place when you have an Au Pair. Your children are cared for in their own home environment and receive the full attention of the caregiver, with all the options and amenities of your house at their disposal: they can spend an afternoon cooking or baking with your kids, playing in the backyard, or building a fort and tidying it up after.
Fees for nannies vary widely and babysitters can only provide situational support; Au Pairs across Canada make minimum wage, and because they are live-in, you can deduct room and board. In addition, you do not have to cover the travel costs of your Au Pair arriving in (or leaving) Canada and because they are here on a Working Holiday Visa, they do not require an LMIA.
Just as the Au Pair will be discovering Canadian culture, your family will learn more about your Au Pair’s home country. Your children will become culturally aware, learn about the world and may even have the opportunity to pick up a few phrases in another language. Having these experiences and exposure will be invaluable to your children and will assist in giving them a well-rounded view of the world.