Whether your children are infants or school aged, Au Pair in America has various types of au pair program options to fit your family’s cultural care needs. Choose from three options: au pair, extraordinaire au pair, or EduCare au pair.
Let’s break down Au Pair in America’s 3 options when choosing the best type of au pair for your family’s needs:
The Au Pair program is the most popular choice for host families, providing flexible, affordable and intercultural live-in care for infants, toddlers and school-aged children. Au pairs may provide up to 45 hours of child care assistance per week.
All candidates for the program have at least 200 hours of recent, practical child care experience and have earned a minimum of a secondary school diploma or equivalent. As part of their application process, every au pair candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and submit a medical report. All Au Pair in America au pairs have successfully passed a background investigation, which includes verification of schooling, references, a psychometric test and a criminal record check.
The Extraordinaire Au Pair program is the program of choice for families who seek au pairs who have formal education or experience in the field of child care. In addition to standard requirements to be an au pair, Extraordinaire candidates either have completed a full-time, two-year academic course in child care or are at least 20 years old and have two years full-time experience as a nanny, child care provider or nursery school teacher. Like the Au Pair, an Extraordinaire Au Pair can provide child care assistance for up to 45 hours per week.
The EduCare Au Pair option provides child care assistance for up to 30 hours per week and is a cost-effective choice for families with children in school full-time who require fewer hours of care. As with our Au Pair and Extraordinaire programs, EduCare Au Pairs must meet all relevant education, experience, and screening requirements. The EduCare program is available in select communities only, and interested families should speak with their Au Pair in America Placement Coordinator for more information.
With three exclusive au pair program choices, Au Pair in America host families are sure to find a great fit for their child care and cultural exchange needs. No matter the program option, one thing’s for sure: families will receive a cultural exchange experience like none other.