Considering a live in child-carer?

 

Au Pair Comparison with a Nanny and Mother's Helper

 

  • Nanny

 

Nanny is a professional child carer who has plenty of childcare and is educated, holds peadiatric first aid certificate and DBS. Nanny can work full time (up to 60 hours/week) or part-time on a live out or live in arrangement. They are employed by a family and are taxed.

Live-in nannies get accommodation and food on top of their salary. They can work up to 12 hours a day with up to 2 babysitting sessions per week. Payment is £350-500 net/week (full-time arrangement) or £7-12/hour or even more depending on the description of work.

Live-out nannies travel to the family’s house and work up to 12 hours a day with up to 2 babysitting sessions per week. Payment is £400-600+ net/week (full-time arrangement) or £8-14/hour or even more depending on the description of work.

A very good side of having a nanny is that they provide individual and flexible care of your children and they tend to stay with the family for a longer time and tie greater relationships with the family. This position might be expensive for families, however it might be less so if they have more children or they share a nanny with another family (Nanny-share). 

 

  • Mother's Helper

 

Mother's helpers are similar to an au pair and can work up to 35 hours/week or up to 45 hours/week while one of the parents is at home. They have more childcare experience than au pairs but not quite yet as much as a nanny. They can work with babies as one of the parents is at home and can give them a thorough guidance. They receive a higher amount of pocket money than an au pair. For their help up to 35 hours/week, they will receive £120-175/week, whereas for their help up to 45 hours, they will receive £150-250/week or even £300 depending on the Helper's experience, age, language level, children's ages and difficulty of duties.

They normally help with childcare, laundry, cooking, tidying and other light house work (however not deep cleaning) while one of the parents works from or stays at home.

The payment is also paid during their own holidays which are 4 weeks per 12 month period plus all the bank holidays.

Mother's helper can be a really good choice for a family if one of the parents stays at home and need some extra pair of hands, especially with very small children.

 

  • Au Pair

 

Au pairs are not professional child carers such as nannies and can help taking care of children that are above 2 years of age. They have some experience working with children and like helping in light housekeeping (however, they don't do heavy cleaning) and are normally interested into exploring the English culture, language, places and meeting new people. They are also treated as a member of the host family.

They receive a minimum of £80-100 per week or more for 25-35 hours/week of help if an au pair has child care experience such as taking care of their younger siblings and/or babysitting other children and have genuine interest to help a family.

The au pair will receive a minimum of £120-175 for 25-35 hours/week of help if an au pair is mature, has a lot of relevant experience, skills or certificate in child care or is well educated (e.g. Master in English or Education).

The payment is also paid during the au pair's own holidays which are 4 weeks per 12 month period plus all the bank holidays (or 2 weeks per 6 months).

An au pair has 2 free days per week free (one of them has to be over the weekend).

Au pair programme is perfect especially for a welcoming family who have an extra room in their house or flat and primary school aged children. It is a good way of helping each other and making new friends, therefore, the best match possible plays an important role. 

 

Andrea, director

www.supremeaupairs.com

www.info@supremeaupairs.com

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