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A number of different options are available when considering the care of your children.
The options and costs can vary depending on the number and ages of the children and your location.
We have outlined an overview of the common childcare options and how these differ from the au pair program.
If you need further guidance, please give us a call and we are very happy to help assess whether an au pair would be a good option for your family!
Au pairs provide live in care and the cost of care does not increase with the number of children. Au pairs can help with up to 30h/week.
Au pairs are therefore often considered as one of the most affordable and flexible forms of childcare.
As au pairs are generally not qualified in childcare, the level of responsibility they can accept for young, pre-school aged children is also more limited.
If you therefore require more than 30h/week of help and/or help with children who are not yet in nursery/school more experienced/professional childcare may be a better option.
Au Pairs should not have sole care for children under the age of two (care without parental presence)
Sole care for children aged 2-4 is limited
A mother’s help is usually unqualified or newly qualified candidate with limited ‘hands on’ childcare experience compared to nannies, but with substantially more experience than traditional au pairs.
A Mothers help or Junior Nanny position is a generally the ‘first step’ before becoming a nanny.
Traditionally you can expect to pay a babysitter from £7-10/hour (often more in London).
If you therefore require help for 5h in an evening at a rate of £8/hour – the cost would be £40/night. Babysitters can be ideal for a night out but rarely provide regular care.
A number of different options are available when considering the care of your children. The options and costs can vary depending on the number and ages of the children and your location.
The care of a professional nanny or a childminder comes at a price.
A typical Live-in nanny salary in London is anywhere between £300 – £500 net per week.
The pay depends on the specific family requirements, experience level of the nanny, working hours and location. A full-time live-in nanny salary can be around £500 net per week.
Nanny/qualified childcare help is advised whereby sole care is required for a child who is under the age of two.
For more information on nanny costs – please see the following report by Nannytax.
Day nurseries offer care for children from the age of 6 weeks to 5 years.
The UK, the average cost of sending a child under two to nursery is:
Especially if you have more than 1 child and/or require more hours, this can be very costly.
"It’s plain to see that the aim of Smart au Pairs is not shoving candidates through the system, but to ensure all parties has a very rewarding experience"
"Using Smartaupairs has been a great start to our first experience of having an au pair. Their comprehensive and personal service gave us the reassurance we needed to introduce a much needed pair of extra hands into our expanding family. Our aupair has fitted into our family routine, taking over the school run and looking after the children very well, which has made life with my new baby much easier and less stressful. Thank you Tuuli for the excellent service you gave us."