The Rising Cost in Daycare, How Does This Compare to Au Pair?

Recently the CBC came out with an article stating that the cost of daycare has increased close to 20% in cities since 2014. Currently, the median cost for infant daycare in Toronto is $1,758 per month. For families who have two or more children, they can be spending upwards of $3000 per month on child care alone! Having an Au Pair is a cheaper option for these families and an Au Pair can provide care that is unique to your child’s needs.

Get more out of having an Au Pair.

Say goodbye to early drop offs and late pick ups! Having an Au Pair live-in provides families with child care that is flexible to their needs. This set-up is ideal for families with busy schedules, travel obligations, or shift work. Daycares often have set hours that many families are forced to work around and late fees for parents who are stuck in traffic after their 4pm meeting has run late.

What about the increase in minimum wage?

An Au Pair is paid minimum wage with room and board deductions. Although, minimum wage in Ontario increased in January to $14/hr, an Au Pair is still comparable to the costs of daycare. Unlike daycare, having an Au Pair means families pay per child care provider rather than per child. With the new minimum wage increase in Ontario, an Au Pair who is working full time hours will be paid $107.50 per day including vacation pay, tax and government deductions. For families with an infant and a toddler in daycare, families are paying upwards of $120.50 per day. For parents who have two or more children in daycare, having an Au Pair is a cheaper option.

Relationship with the family.

The best part about having an Au Pair in your home is the daily cultural interaction and the relationship that is built. Your children will learn all about another culture from your Au Pair–they could even learn a new language! All Au Pairs speak English, are 18-30 years old and are ready to embrace Canadian culture. Parents can further their careers and attend yoga classes, drum lessons, and anything else their hearts fancy. They have peace of mind knowing that a “big sister” figure is home caring for their kids. It’s difficult to put a price on this!

Au Pairs available to come to Canada as soon as possible.

The CBC article states that, “Aside from costs, finding a spot is no easy feat, as wait lists are “almost universal ” in big cities, and prevalent in almost three-quarters of all markets included in the report.” All of the Au Pairs on our website are available to come to Canada with proper documentation. Families can see for themselves when and for how long the Au Pairs want to come to Canada.  Don’t miss out on these excellent Au Pair applicants! Contact us today to find out more!

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About the Author:

Sarah Kelly is the owner of Adanac Au Pair. She was an Au Pair in France for a year living with an incredible family. Between stuffing her face with cheese, over exaggerating her French accent to blend in and visiting the beach, she cared for 3 awesome children. When she returned to Canada she became an Aunt! Sarah saw the child care crisis in Canada and thought it was time to bring the Au Pair Program to Canada. She decided to start her own Au Pair agency to share her experience with Canadian families and young adults who want to work & travel.