So fascinating you posted this as a result of I used to be nearly to submit and ask about anybody’s expertise with au pair rematch (and I nonetheless will) however need to reply your submit first.
As background, I’ve 3 children (7, 5 and 4). We now have had 2 au pairs, one from Colombia, one from Brazil (present). We use CulturalCare. One other mother good friend has has 10 au pairs and makes use of AuPair in America, and prefers it over Cultural Look after the native assist.
Our expertise has been this:
– the company does little or no to vet candidates. I really feel prefer it’s extra of a web-based relationship web site, so you have to actually interview throughly and really feel snug with the candidate.
– the advantages are: versatile live-in baby care, as much as 45hrs every week, somebody who turns into built-in with your loved ones. The flex half is the largest profit for us- filling within the gaps on all of the odd hours. Our au pair works a break up schedule (pickup and drop off) and helps on the random days the children don’t have faculty.
– the downsides. Somebody resides in your home (you lose privateness). If the match isn’t nice, then it’s massively time consuming. (Proper now, our present au pair who described herself as quiet I’m discovering has vital social anxiousness and ADD). It’s stunning how the bills add up too, meals, telephone, gasoline. The market is sizzling for au pairs so many are speaking to their associates and asking for loopy issues.
I suppose my perspective is having an au pair will resolve the sick days/random days protection that you just want, however could introduce a number of different points (that are manageable, however you’ll need to consciously and actively handle them)
We now have tried quite a lot of options over the previous 7 years (3 in daycare, nanny, one partner at house, and so forth). What we discovered labored finest was 1. strive not to consider it an excessive amount of from a monetary perspective, and as a substitute about what works finest for your loved ones particularly the emotional nicely being of youngsters and spouses, 2. an element time mommies time out program for the little ones that aren’t in class plus au pair for odd hours.
I do know it’s exhausting… sending hugs!