“With two children in daycare in this area of Sydney I simply could not afford to go back to work again…..”
“During the school holidays we save the most and the kids now spending time together rather than in different vacation programs.”
Many host families have 2 or more children and some have different age groups or school arrangements.
The au pair program offers great value as the cost is regardless of the number of children to care for, rather than ‘per child’. During school holidays there is no need to book separate vacation care.
In some locations in Australia we hear of daycare centres charging $150 per child per day; compare this to au pair pocket money and you will see why many families prefer hosting a live-in au pair.
The cost of the program is made up of the agency placement fee to find an au pair and au pair pocket money paid on a weekly basis. Extras to consider include a family police check, compulsory completion bonus for your au pair and cost of car use for your au pair if applicable.
Compare to daycare
Some families are lucky to have affordable daycare nearby, however, we hear of many daycare centers now charging more than $100 per day, especially in Long Daycare. If you have more than 1 child in daycare, talk to us about saving money on childcare.
Compare to nanny
The professional care of a professional nanny comes at a price, with many now expecting to be paid at least $25 per hour, more if you use an employment agency. To provide sole care for babies, an experienced nanny is highly recommended.
Compare to babysitter
Many babysitters now expect $10-$15 per hour plus a taxi home. If you are going out for the night, that can easily be over $100. Babysitters can be ideal for a night out but rarely provide regular care.
To save money on childcare
The au pair program is great value as the cost is regardless of the number of children they care for, rather than per child. During school holidays there is no need to book separate vacation care.