Sometimes, you just don’t need an au pair for a whole year. You may need just 8 months, until your child has a full school day, or until you drop down to part-time work. You may just need an au pair to cover a gap between a departing au pair and some other childcare arrangement. You might even want to test our the concept of an au pair,without commuting to a full 12 months.
What’s the best way to find a short-term au pair?
- What do you do if you really want to find an au pair that is sponsored & vetted by an agency?
- How about if you use a web site?
- And, is it a good idea to sift through au pair chat forums to find someone looking to extend? Is that even possible?
Inquiring moms want to know.
I’d love some advice on hosting an au pair for a shorter time than the standard 12 month period.
I first heard about the Au Pair program a couple years ago from two different neighbors. They had wonderful things to say about it. I did research it to see if this was something that would work for my family, but at the time we were happy with our childcare provider, who could cover all our childcare needs.
Now, though, our child care needs are changing, and I am once again looking at the Au Pair program as a possibility. Our current nanny is leaving in January. And, in April or May, my own company will be opening up a childcare center in my building, so I’m planning to enroll my toddlers there. This means we only need to cover the time between January and May.
Is it possible to host an au pair for a temporary amount of time? Would an agency allow me to host someone who is already in the country for the remaining few months of their visa? Should I look at Au Pairs who want to extend only 6 months? Has anyone else tried this situation?
Thanks, Wonder Woman Want-a-be
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