As parents, we often make sacrifices and are willing to do anything in our power to give our children everything they need and more. When it comes to education, one great way to give your child an advantage — and gain something for yourself in the process — is by making an au pair your child care solution. The dedicated attention of a caregiver living as part of the family can make a world of difference to reduce your stress and give your children plenty of intellectual and academic support.
Our children are constantly learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. The educational benefits of an au pair include homework assistance and hands-on attention to help master tasks and hit developmental milestones. For example, the more words children hear from birth, the more vocabulary, IQ and language development improve, and bilingual au pairs give children additional stimulation for language skills.
“Our au pair is amazing. She gives my son the comfort I can’t when I am working. We share in learning about each other’s countries and cultures, and we embrace our differences. My son is learning Chinese and English. We share in the different holidays and learn about her culture daily. It is a wonderful experience!”
— Joy, host mom, Fort Collins, CO
School-aged children benefit from focused attention when it comes time to do homework, whether they need routine guidance, extra assistance or even an extra challenge. Au pairs are students themselves and can be great homework helpers. An au pair can help your child study for an exam, tackle a tough assignment and stay focused through the daily homework routine.
Families — and children of all ages — benefit from the cultural enrichment gained from living and interacting with someone from another country. Whether an au pair provides exposure to a foreign language or simply different culture and customs, homes are enriched with their presence. With au pair caregivers, children have their minds opened to the scope and potential of this wonderful world.
You’ll find plenty of information on our website about the educational benefits of hosting an au pair as well as great resources to find out if hosting an au pair is right for your family.