The short answer is probably, “yes.” There are a lot of factors we working parents consider when selecting a childcare provider, but the two main concerns that spring to mind are Quality of Care and Cost.
As I discovered while researching options before my first child was born, if you happen to have a work schedule that is not the standard M-F, 9-5, Flexibility suddenly overrides all other concerns.
If you haven’t considered Au Pairs, you should!
Quality of Care is excellent.
Au Pairs are screened with background checks and goAuPair even administers a psychometric screening. These care providers have previous childcare experience and they live-in, so they are able to provide personalized care that complements your parenting style and introduces your children to a new culture and language.
Cost is lower than you think.
Au Pair care is not just for the rich–the cost is less than $8/hour on average, for up to 45 hrs./week of child care. If you have more than one child, au pair care beats traditional day care hands down, as there are no additional fees for siblings. Au Pairs care for all the children in your family at one rate.
Unlike other agencies, with goAuPair, you can view available Au Pairs for free, so you can make an informed decision about your childcare options without paying fees.
It can’t get much more flexible.
If you choose an au pair, s/he can work up to 10 hours per day and up to 45 hours per week. If you have a schedule that changes from day to day or week to week, or you work weekends, that’s not a problem. You set the weekly schedule for your au pair based on your needs.
Need more information?
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Childcare « The Primary Dilemma | The Choices Working Mothers Make offers an excellent overview of childcare options for working parents.