Little Treasures - - BABY CARE -

As a care­giver or par­ent of young chil­dren, the topic of child­care has most cer­tainly crossed your mind. There are many op­tions to choose from such as day care, kinder­garten, home-based care and au pairs. In 2017 alone, Au Pair Link had hun­dreds of au pairs join Kiwi fam­i­lies in just the Auck­land re­gion.

So why are fam­i­lies choos­ing an au pair as a child­care op­tion?

An au pair is a young per­son from abroad em­ployed by a ‘host fam­ily’ to care for their chil­dren. Au pairs pro­vide a live-in form of child­care and pro­vide a unique cul­tural and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. An au pair joins your fam­ily to bond with the chil­dren and pro­vide one-on-one care, love and sta­bil­ity in the place which mat­ters most - your child’s home. Au Pair Link Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, Morgan Holyoake says, “When you com­pare hav­ing an au pair to the cost of send­ing your child to a day care cen­tre, au pairs are truly an af­ford­able op­tion, as well as be­ing very flex­i­ble. Typ­i­cal weekly costs start from $260 per week and can go up to $470 per week, de­pend­ing on hours of child­care or type of pro­gramme. This weekly cost does not in­crease with more chil­dren, which makes hav­ing an au pair unique to all other forms of child­care.” With the abil­ity to choose and ne­go­ti­ate your hours with your au pair, it’s a great op­tion for busy work­ing fam­i­lies, that don’t al­ways work a 9-5 job. Au Pair Link is New Zealand’s largest au pair agency, fly­ing au pairs from all over the world into New Zealand homes. Through their ser­vice, fam­i­lies are able to con­nect with pre-screened au pairs; read their pro­files and ar­range video meet­ings to make sure they’re the per­fect match. Fam­i­lies also have ac­cess to 20 hours ECE and WINZ sub­si­dies, lo­cal play­groups, events and on-call teacher sup­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion about get­ting an au pair, con­tact the friendly team on 0800 AU PAIR (287 247) or visit www.au­pair­link.co.nz.

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