As a mother of two children I know how complicated life can get when we try to meet everyone’s needs.
Finding quality child care is crucial to maintaining sanity in our busy lives, whether you work full-time, part-time, or are a stay-at-home parent. An au pair may be the right solution for your family’s childcare needs.
An au pair is a live-in child care provider. She (or he!) is 18-26 years old and can come from all around the world. They enter the US on Student Visas and are eligible to stay for up to 2 years. They come here for the cultural experience, to learn English, to travel and to share their language and background with your family.
Au pairs have extensive childcare experience and receive an additional 4 days of training in NY, this includes a CPR and first aid course. If you have a child under 2, you will be required to have an au pair who is Infant Certified (an extra 200 hours with children ages 0-2).
Au pairs provide up to 45 hours of childcare per week at about $400 per week, no matter how many children you have. This includes fees, stipends and schooling. Families are eligible for a tax credit for the full cost of the program. including your au pairs stipend. We give you a flexible spending letter that states this each year. You don’t pay taxes for your au pair because they are considered a students on a J-1 Visa and required to take 6 credits in an accredited school yearly.
All au pairs (and families) are extensively screened, the program is overseen by the US State Department. You do need to provide their own bedroom. What is expected is that you treat your au pair with kindness and make her or him part of your family for the next year or more. In return, your au pair is expected to care for your children and keep them safe.
It truly is childcare you can trust! All au pairs are able and expected to handle kids’ meals, clean up, laundry and homework. They are covered by their own health insurance and have an international driver’s license. Your au pair will be there for getting children out the door in the morning, snow days, sick days and yes – date nights. They can go with you when you travel to help in the airport or long car rides. You decide what you are looking for: male or female, a strong driver, an animal lover, someone independent to schedule play dates and figure out changing logistics, or someone who likes cooking, who speaks another language or can help with Calculus. Do your children love being outdoors, sports, cooking, art and crafts or playing with legos all afternoon? We can find you au pair who enjoys that as well!
Au pair’s develop a support system from other au pairs they have meet in training school and the hundreds of au pairs in the area. They are also required to attend monthly group meeting. The process can take as little as two weeks, though we recommend 2-3 months. Even more if you are looking for a June-September arrival as that is our busiest time. You screen, conduct phone and Skype interviews to get to know your candidate. You make the final decision with your matching person from the home office in Cambridge as well as support from your Local Childcare Consultant.
We can help families wherever they live in the US, find quality childcare they can trust! We are offer new families the opportunity to register for FREE by simply entering promo code that can be found on my website www.mpena.aupairnews.com. when you register on line. Completing the brief online registration also allows you to start matching with the largest selection of au pair candidates in the industry today. There is no obligation or cost to you until you pick the exact au pair and a date that works for you to arrive to your family.
I look forward to speaking with you and please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.
Marta Pena – Au Pair Coordinator and Childcare Consultant- Tel: 617-312-6880
Thursday, 29 March 2018 2:40 PM