Category Archives: Considering an au pair

Au pair childcare is more affordable while childcare costs continue to rise

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] As a recently released NACCRRA report found, childcare costs are rapidly rising, even comparable to the cost of a year of college tuition. For some, costs are so expensive – particularly for multiple children – it is … Continue reading

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Responsibilities beyond childcare…

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false]While the primary responsibility of au pairs is to care for your children, au pairs can also help with “light household chores”. Beyond an expectation for a program that is focused on childcare, it is also a U.S. Department … Continue reading

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Do I need an au pair for my school-aged children?

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false]As full-time childcare is usually mainly required before the children attend school, the au pair program option is considered an alternative to full-time daycare or a nanny. However, there are many busy families with children ranging from 3 months … Continue reading

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A Work-At-Home Mom’s Perspective On Hosting An Au Pair

[tweetmeme source=”FrenchNad” only_single=false] Valerie Rempe is a veteran host mom and has balanced a full-time career with her family life through the au pair program for over 10 years. In today’s article, she shares her experience and unique perspective on … Continue reading

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Summer Childcare… Year-Long!

Just a few more days and it will officially be the SUMMER! Welcome school-break for the kids, welcome swimming at the lake or neighborhood pool, welcome family vacation and overnight camps! The summer also represents a lot of planning for … Continue reading

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Hallo! A Special Report on Germany…

With our largest pool of au pairs from Germany arriving in the spring and summer, I thought I would cover a few highlights about our largest recruitment country in Europe. Germans make wonderful au pairs because they are very organized, … Continue reading

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Hosting an au pair: is a live-in nanny the right option for me?

If like many American families you are not quite familiar with the concept of “exchange students” or “hosting an au pair”, you may be reluctant to the idea of housing your childcare provider. With childcare, there is not a “one-size-fits-all”, however, with … Continue reading

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Au Pair Of The Year Award… 2010 Nominations!

Each year, the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) selects one au pair as the winner of their “Au Pair of the Year” Award. In 2008 and 2009, Cultural Care au pairs have won this prestigious honor (see VIDEOS on our website). … Continue reading

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What are the requirements for host families?

When discussing the au pair program, the first questions I usually answer are about the au pairs (background, qualifications, screening) and the arrival process (time frame, matching, program fees and payment options). However, there is often an expectation that a host … Continue reading

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Olá! A Special Report on Brazil…

With our largest pool of au pairs from Brazil arriving between January and March, I thought I would cover a few highlights about our largest recruitment country in Latin America. Brazilian au pairs are very family-oriented, flexible and caring. For … Continue reading

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