Finding safe and flexible childcare for your family is one of the most important decisions you make as a parent.
With au pair childcare, you can have live-in care with a cultural twist throughout the Greater Minneapolis and St Paul Minnesota community including North and Northwest Minneapolis, South of the River, Edina and Rochester. Our au pairs come from over 40 countries and are ready to provide loving care to your children and introduce them to a different culture. Our local staff lives in your community and is there to provide support for you every step of the way.
There’s no place like home. With live-in childcare provided by an au pair, you no longer have to juggle coordinating the nanny’s schedule or a nanny share, and you can skip the rush of daycare drop off and pick up.
Your child will receive more focused attention with an au pair or nanny, as the ratio is based solely on the size of your family. Daycares have higher caregiver to child ratios that may be good for children as they approach school age but can be overwhelming for some younger children.
Au pairs work on a child care schedule that you discuss and set with them, giving you flexibility week to week. Most nannies prefer to have a set schedule and may have personal commitments that might conflict with your needs. Daycares typically have set schedules and may charge extra fees for late pickups or schedule changes.
Au pairs are unmatched when it comes to cross cultural and language learning opportunities for your children and your family. While this is central to the au pair program, it is a benefit that can be very difficult – and expensive! – to find with the typical nanny or daycare.
All au pairs complete training in their home country through Virtual Au Pair Academy. Au pairs receive up-to-date training in CPR, first aid training, and study child development topics right before they join your family. Nannies typically have no formal training requirements and the training requirements for daycare staff can vary significantly depending on their location.
AuPairCare is regulated by the U.S. Department of State and we follow strict guidelines set by this governing body. Independent nannies have no guidelines, nanny agencies are often self-regulated, and daycare centers follow state regulations that can vary widely (but typically include at least annual inspections). We also provide 24/7 local support for all of our families.
Since au pairs provide live-in childcare, they are able to help with things many other caregivers may not, like preparing children’s meals, assisting them in getting ready for the day or for bedtime, taking them on outings including lessons and play dates, and so much more.
Interested in learning more about a great au pair agency? Give us a call today or request more information. We’ll answer any questions you have and tell you more about the au pair program. Once you apply to the program, you can begin to search for and interview au pairs.Request More Info