A new childcare option this summer - an au pair for the summer holidays
With the kids out of school for the summer, managing childcare takes on a whole extra dimension.
Having a young adult in your home who shares the summer childcare tasks makes everything easier.
A new face in the family gives your kids the special excitement of really getting to know someone from another country – an adventure in itself!
And if you want, you can also invite your au pair to come with the family when you travel during the holidays.
More flexibility and relaxation for the parents! A new range of fun and activity for the kids!
Make a summer test of au pairing
Your family together with an au pair – it can be a terrific partnership.
The young person wants to discover the world (and is ready and willing to join in the activities of a family and help with childcare).
The family wants to have support taking care of the multitude of tasks that are part of daily family life (and are ready and willing to welcome a new family member and give her - or him - a temporary place in the family).
It's a WIN-WIN exchange that really works. Thousands of families do it every year. You can, too!
How much does it cost to have a summer au pair?
An au pair receives room and board when she (or he) lives together with your family.
This means that your au pair's living expenses are basically taken care of, and the additional payment your au pair receives is seen as pocket money in most countries (and not as a standard wage).
So with au pairing you can use the existing infrastructure of your household to lower your childcare costs.
Summer au pairs are paid the same amount as normal, long-term au pairs, and the standard rates vary from country to country.
How it worked for one family
Erica and her husband live in Barcelona and had their first short-term au pair in the summer of 2016. They used the extra space in their new apartment to host an au pair and discovered a great range of benefits. Here's their story.