Anyone have an aupair?

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  1. Amorris

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    We have a 5 month old and 7 year old.

    Currently we pay around £700 a month on childcare and £60 per week for a cleaner (also does ironing etc)

    I was wondering whether getting an aupair instead would be a good option, we have a 4 bedroom detached house so spare bedroom. I guess in my mind yes we lose some privacy but it's £85-£100 a week for an aupair, perhaps £40-£50 per week increase in household costs. So we'd save money and have somebody who looks after kids, does school pickups and drop offs and general cleaning, ironing and tidying.

    Anyone have any experiences and advice?
     
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    Some friends of ours have one and it works very well for them. They have the added benefit of having a granny flat attached to the house so she has her own space away from the kids/family as well.
    The only thing you might want to look into is how you pay her etc. We had a nanny for a year or so and although the flexibility etc. was great the biggest hassle was sorting out all the tax etc. and registering as an employer with the government.
     
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    Would you have to pay into a pension now for your "employee"?
     
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    Looked into this recently, essentially with an au pair you're not employing them, you're inviting them to live in your house as a learning experience and giving them pocket money if I remember correctly. Once you move on to nanny territory then you hit the issues highlighted above by PSM1.

    There is a limit on how much childcare you can ask them to do and other bits and bobs to keep them as an au pair rather than a nanny but not sure exactly the criteria. Would be something I'd consider but it's some thought as well, having a stranger in your house constantly. Having to remember to get dressed in my own home sucks too :laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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