Media Release: Busy parents needing flexible childcare

Monday, 23 January 2017

Busy parents needing flexible childcare

Parents doing long or unexpected hours in the office, shift work or just stuck in Auckland traffic jams are struggling to cope with the demand of looking after their children around the clock.

Options such as getting an au pair could offer major benefits. Au Pair Link, New Zealand's largest au pair agency connects experienced international au pairs with Kiwi homes who require the flexibility needed for the modern day family.

These au pairs act as a live-in nanny and educator to children under five years old. Their role can include pickups and drop offs, preparation of children's meals and child-related housework as well as act as a role model, older sibling and teacher. The au pairs are supported by fully qualified local ECE teachers and are required to implement New Zealand's ECE curriculum, Te Whariki, in their daily routine.

Working hours can start from as early as 5am and finish by 9pm but no more than 10 working hours a day and no less than 30 hours a week. Further details can be negotiated with the au pair.

Au Pair Link education programmes are licenced by the Ministry of Education and parents can gain access to childcare subsidies such as 20 hours ECE and WINZ subsidy.

For parents requiring high-quality, flexible childcare, this could be a lifesaver.  Imagine coming home from work, with the children having a full day of exploration and learning, already fed and washed up. All there is left to do is spending the much needed quality time with those who count most.

With hundreds of Kiwi families already having signed up to Au Pair Link's services, it shows the growing need of flexible childcare.

Au Pair Link offers a variety of flexible programmes for families with children under five and also over five years old.