What is an Au Pair?
An au pair is a young person from abroad employed by a 'host
family' to care for their children. Au pairs provide a live-in form
of childcare and provide a unique cultural and learning experience.
When we think about what an au pair offers a family, it is hard to
simply label their role as 'childcare' or 'kind of like a live-in
nanny' - because it is much more than a job. An au pair joins your
family to bond with the children and provide one-on-one care, love
and stability in the place which matters most - your child's
The word 'au pair' comes from the French word 'on par' or 'equal
to' and with most au pairs living with the host family for up to a
year, it's not surprising they become an integral and much loved
family member. It's not uncommon for au pairs and families to stay
in touch after their time together.
Why choose an au pair?
We hear stories every day about the difference having an au pair
has made to parents' busy lives and the well-being and happiness of
their children. There are four main reasons why we believe an au
pair is a great option for busy families.
Help and support
Not only can our au pairs provide a world-class learning
experience, they are also there to help with preparing children's
meals and take care of laundry duties and other tasks related to
the children. Au pairs are also great for children who don't fit
into the box of mainstream childcare, for example families in rural
communities or children with special educational needs.
Convenience and flexibility
Your au pair is there when you need them - as a live-in
caregiver and educator; your au pair is there to make life easier.
No more waking the kids up at 6am so you can drop them off at
daycare or fretting about finding a last minute babysitter. Your au
pair is there to help.
You can get full time care and education for your children from
only $190 net per week. Host families actually find that it is a
more cost-effective form of childcare than the
pay-per-child-per-hour model. With Au Pair Link you'll also have
access to 20 Hours ECE government subsidy for children aged 3-5
years as well as WINZ childcare subsidies.
Having someone from a different culture caring for your children
is a fun and educational experience. Au pairs share their culture,
language and values, allowing your children to be exposed to
different and valuable experiences from their peers and giving them
a head start.
We know it's a big decision to open your doors to somebody new.
Our experience has shown us that the quality of relationship which
develops between children and their au pairs often surpass family