Is an Au Pair Right for My Family? Part 2: Working Around Your Schedule

We are continuing with our blog series on finding out whether an Au Pair is right for your family. Today we are going to discuss how an Au Pair can be right for your family if you need childcare that works around your schedule.

Gone are the days of the entire neighbourhood gets up and leaves the house at the same time to start the 9 to 5 (think Edward Scissorhand’s suburbia scene). Now, people are working 7am-3:30pm or 7pm to 3:30am. Between teachers, police officers, accountants and factory workers, parents need flexibility in their childcare.

More and more daycare centres are adapting to the changing needs of parents. But centres that open at 7am until 6pm can still be too short for some parents. There are daycare centres near Barrie, ON who are open 24/7 for parents who work shift work. Although this works for some families, you may not want to wake your little one in the middle of the night to bring them to the daycare centre.

There are the daycare options out there but parents still need someone who is reliable. An Au Pair living in provides childcare that is in the home and therefore can work around your schedule. For example, if you are a family of a police officer and a teacher then your childcare needs will change weekly.

Parents can sit down with their Au Pair every Sunday and plan out the week to come. Bring out the planners and the family calendar so everyone is on the same page: Au Pair drops off and picks up on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, dad takes the little ones to gymnastics while mom is working. Get everyone to work together so that the week runs smoothly and everyone isn’t burnt out by the end of the week!

To learn more about how an Au Pair can help your family, contact us today! You can even check out some available applicants today.

For example:

Jördis, an Au Pair from Germany, wants to join a family for 10 months! She have 1720 hours of child care experience as a youth group leader, tutor and intern in a classroom with children between 3-13 years old. She loves animals and is highly recommended!

OR

Julien, an Au Pair from Germany, wants to join a family for 10 months! He has 677 hours of child care experience as a youth leader, interning at a day care and a child care provider with children between 2-14. He’s a well rounded applicant! Musical in playing drums in an orchestra, sporty by playing tennis and soccer, enjoys being creative by making videos and is passionate about cooking!! He wants to study mathematics and biology to be a high school teacher. He is described as “a very well-balanced, attentive and rather calm person that is able to teach children and to listen to them.”

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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.