What’s The Difference Between A Nanny and An Au Pair?

A common question people ask is why the should get an au pair instead of a nanny.  That’s a loaded question.  There are lots of differences between a nanny and an au pair.  This all depends on what a host family needs.  So here are a few of those differences that may help you decide if an au pair is better for you.

1.)  Au Pairs are young people, from overseas who travel, legally, to the US to care for children on a cultural exchange visa.  Nannies can be anyone employed to care for a child.

2.)  Nannies can work part-time, full-time or even over-time.  An au pair’s working conditions are regulated by the US Department of State.  They can work up to, but no more than 45 hours a week, 10 hours a day.

3.)  Nannies fees vary widely depending on if they are part-time, full-time or where you live.  Most sources say they are paid anywhere from $400 to $600 per week.  Au pairs are paid a set stipend of $195.75, as dictated by the US Department of State.  When the agency’s fees are factored in, the total weekly cost is about $350 per family, not per child.

4.)  Nannies are considered employees.  Au pairs are not.  They are considered an extended part of the family.  To me, this is one of the most important aspects of the program.

There are many differences, but I wanted to share a few.  I hope this makes clear the differences between a nanny and an au pair.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 6:26 AM

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