Originally Posted by blusky
Just out of interest how much does it cost for an au pair. We have just had our second child and the nursery fees next year will be over a £1000 a month. I had not thought of an au pair. Do your kids go to nursery aswell?
I get my au pairs through http://www.cosmopolitanaupairs.com/
The web site tells you all about au pairs and what you can reasonably expect from them.
I paid £350 finders fee and I pay the au pair £55 per week. Some are asking for £60 which I think is reasonable. Added to that is their keep. You have to provide them with a room and food. Also you are expected to help them learn English and include them in family activities such as days out and holidays. They have to attend English classes.
So a lot less than you are paying for nursery. The thing I like about having an au pair is they become part of the family and help out on days out etc. I have been delighted with both the au pairs I have had from this agency.
My son is now 14. He does not attend nursery !! However, I have to travel a lot for work and spend time away from home so my au pairs have had a really easy life. They are there to ensure his safety and to ensure that he attends his school lessons on the internet. My son is being home educated because there are no places in schools nearby. He had a place in a school that was 6.1 miles away and hated it. My au pair has joined in on the lessons and encouraged my son.
I hope this helps. Yes, it costs considerably less than £1000 per month.