Raise your hand if you’d never heard of an Au Pair before having kids.
Keep it up if you still don’t know what the heck that is.
One of the pain points in finding childcare is figuring out what setting you want use. Prior to having kids, I knew two options: daycare or babysitter. I’d never heard of an Au Pair, didn’t realize there were licensed and unlicensed providers, or in-home daycares, and didn’t know that childcare swap was a thing. Then there are the specific programs and philosophies–Montessori, Waldorf, Head Start, etc. It’s a lot to take in. Continue reading