Summer Au Pair Programs are kind of a new thing … or at least they are new to me. The agency we’ve used hasn’t offered that program, and I’ve only recently become aware that there are several agencies in the US now doing this officially. And, not to forget, there are many au pairs and families who make these arrangements informally.
I can certainly see the appeal of a "summer only" situation, espcially for families who have before and after-school childcare covered during the school year but who need full-time help during summer vacation. I imagine too that some families would be interested so that they could ‘test drive’ the experience of having an au pair.
But I don’t know how families balance the training needs of an au pair with the short time that a summer au pair is with you. I’ve never felt completely comfortable that my au pairs know what to do until after about 6-8 weeks with them, and spending the energy to help them learn everything from how to use the washer to what string cheese is only seems to pan out if I can count on having her for another 9 months or so.
- Has anyone ever had a "summer only" au pair?
- Would you recommend this as a way to ‘test drive’ having an au pair?
- Have you got any advice for parents who are interested in trying this?
- Or, do you have questions to ask parents with experience?