An Au Pair is a young adult, usually between 18-30 years old, who comes from abroad to live with a family for a defined period of time to provide flexible and customized childcare. Usually female (but not always), the Au Pair acts as a “big sibling” to your child(ren) as the Au Pair becomes like a member of your family to experience the daily life of a Canadian. The Au Pair will generally eat meals, spend some weekends, and take part in birthdays and other special events with the family.
If the Au Pair’s main language is anything other than French or English, they will want to improve upon these skills by speaking these languages daily. In return, your Au Pair will teach your child(ren) their native language and culture.
On top of childcare, an Au Pair provides jobs such as light housekeeping. Light housekeeping can include sweeping/vacuuming, folding the children’s laundry, tidying up after the children, and helping to prepare meals.
An Au Pair’s main job is to provide childcare in an international country where they can learn the culture and the language. By living with a host family, the Au Pair can be immersed into the Canadian culture.
Please note that we only offer an Au Pair program. This program is different from Nanny service. It’s true that Nannies and Au Pairs are similar because they are international caregivers that come through agencies. But there are many differences between them. You can learn more about the differences under our FAQ’s.