Many people usually get confused when they have to choose between a nanny and an Au Pair. They get confused because they do not know what an Au Pair is. Mostly, when people are faced with this kind of decision, they will choose to hire the nanny instead of the Au Pair simply because the term “nanny” is familiar to their ear without looking further information about that. Many people believe that the only difference that they can find between a nanny and an Au Pair is the culture. However, you have to know that the difference between a nanny and an Au Pair is more than that. In fact, there are three different main aspects that we can find between a nanny and an Au Pair. What are they? They are the level of familiarity, the level of commitment to work, and the cost. So, what is the difference?
Talking about the level of familiarity, Au Pair is more familiar to the job that he or she should have. For example, the main job of an Au Pair is taking care of the baby while the parents gone or she can actually live with the family whose baby is taken care of by her. While the nanny can actually have another job, an Au Pair is more dedicated to the job.
Next, when we are talking about the level of commitment to work, an Au Pair, according to many people who have used the service, say that an Au Pair is like a contracted professional baby sitter so she cannot just leave the job whenever she finds another family who can pay her more.
The last difference about a nanny and an Au Pair is about the cost of their service. The nanny will cost you more money than an Au Pair.