An au pair is typically between the ages of 18-26 with basic childcare experience, coming to stay with a family for a cultural exchange.
Au pairs typically don’t make a career out of childcare work. As Au Pairs have more limited experience, they ‘help out more than taking sole care, especially with children under 2.
Au pairs are paid mostly in room and board (bedroom and meals) and also given an allowance of $190+ per week.
A nanny is a childcare professional and pursues childcare as an occupation. A nanny has childcare qualifications, is employed by an agency or family, and earns an income from this service.
Most nannies work in live-out positions and cost around $30-$40 per hour to hire.
|Usually unqualified in childcare but has babysitting experience||Usually qualified in childcare, early learning or teaching|
|Usually English as a second language||Native English speaker|
|Allowance of $190+ per week||Hourly rate of $30-$40 per hour|
|Always live-in||Almost always live–out|
|Need some training before they can care for children and learn the family routines and requirements||No training required; ready to go
|Not employed; au pair program is based on family invitation for cultural exchange||Employed by family or agency, has an ABN
|Unstructured play with the children||Age and developmentally appropriate activities|
|Duty hours should allow for social life and sightseeing, and should not be excessive||Working hours can be unlimited|
|Can be left in sole care of children that are older||Can care for children from newborn upwards|