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Au pair, yes or not?

When does it make sense to hire an au pair?

Should you hire an au pair, or not? If you are asking yourself this question, you have come to the right place. Obviously, we can’t tell you if you should have an au pair in your house or not. In the end, it is you who has to decide. Nevertheless, we can give you some advice to help you make that decision.

You should hire an au pair if you:

  • are open-minded towards other cultures
  • need support with your children
  • have one or two children and want to be flexible
  • live in a family where both parents work
  • don’t have a regular work schedule
  • can’t count on anybody else to help you with your children (for example grandparents)
  • aren’t happy with the service of the day care facilities in your area
  • want to have more quality time with your partner and/or your friends

Au pair, yes or not?

If you are really undecided about what to do, it is worth trying to hire an au pair anyway. You’ll have more to gain than to loose if you opt for an au pair. Most host families that try out the au pair program have great experiences and end up hiring au pairs again.

However, obviously, you have to be able to afford an au pair. It is not cheap to hire an au pair, but in the end, it is worth it. Having help from an au pair allows you to be more flexible than you would be hiring a nanny or a babysitter, which would also probably end up being more expensive.

Before you decide to hire an au pair, you should check whether you fulfill the legal requirements for host families. The regulations are different in every country. Also, there are different rules for au pairs from EU and non-EU countries. Click here for more information on the topic.

When trying to decide if you should hire an au pair or not, also think about the possible disadvantages. You might realize that living with an au pair just isn’t for you.

What are the reasons for not hiring an au pair?

An au pair is not a good fit for your family, if you:

  • are open-minded towards other cultures 
  • are not interested in different cultures
  • don’t mainly speak your country’s language in your home
  • are not open-minded
  • just want somebody to do the housework for you
  • don’t fit the requirements for host families or don’t have enough space in your house for an au pair
  • have a hard time having strangers in your house and life
  • are not willing to pass on the responsibility for your children to the au pair