Au pairs are a great option for families looking for child care solutions for school-aged children. While there are plenty of reasons to host an au pair regardless of the ages of your children, there are several unique benefits of au pair child care assistance for families with school-aged children.
Here are 5 ways families with school-aged children benefit from au pair child care assistance:
1. An extra set of hands for busy mornings
Simplify your family’s morning routine by hosting an au pair. Au pairs can help wake up children, get them ready for school and help ensure that they arrive to school on time. Whether they are packing your children a nutritious lunch or driving them to school, your au pair can provide the extra set of hands busy parents desperately need in the mornings.
2. Help with afterschool activities
Au pairs can help establish an afterschool routine and help ensure children finish their homework on time. Whether your child needs transportation to extracurricular activities or afterschool snacks and homework supervision, an au pair can provide the support your school-aged child needs when they get home from school.
3. Reliable care when school is out, but work is on
With flexible, live-in child care assistance, you can say goodbye to worrying about life’s little surprises! Since au pairs live in your home and work flexible schedules, they are able to help when children are out of school, but parents aren’t off of work. Au pairs can provide reliable care for your children during snow days, school breaks, staff development days, school delays, early dismissals and sick days.
4. Gain a positive role model
School-aged children can benefit from having a responsible young adult in the home. Au pairs often function as positive role models, mentors and “big siblings” to children. Au pairs can inspire children to try new foods and activities, learn more about the world, pursue their passions and gain more independence.
5. Deepen intercultural understanding
The heart of the au pair program is cultural exchange. School-aged children can benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of another culture. If your au pair is bilingual or multilingual, your child may expand their language skills. Your children can also enjoy sharing aspects of American culture – such as their favorite songs, foods and entertainment – with their au pair. Many au pairs are even able to visit your child’s classroom and share their culture with your child’s classmates!
Find the right au pair for your family’s needs
Whether your children are infants, toddlers or school-aged, Au Pair in America has program options to meet your family’s unique child care needs. Families with school-aged children are often interested in our EduCare program, designed to meet the needs of families with children in school full-time who require fewer hours of care.