So I know nanny shares are quite commonplace, I am wondering whether any au pair ever would agree to take on an ap share? Potentially, as an example, this would mean staying every weekend and Mon and Tues with one family, then sleeping over Weds, Thurs and Fri with another family. Own room in each house, and the houses within walking distance. Although I could consider hosting them every night, and they just go to another family to work for some of their hours. Financially, they would earn more than the standard pay if they were with just one family eg. each family would give them £70pw. What do you think about this? A bit unorthodox, but most family I know have found it a bit much having a house guest/another member of the family 24/7, but could probably cope for half of the week. And if they were earning much more than the going rate and still living in the same town, do you think any ap might go for it???
not okay at all. What you're saying is you both want really cheap childcare and are not even willing to do the #1 requirement for having an au pair - hosting them in your house. I wouldn't ever accept it as it seems very stingy to me. The reason au pairs get paid little money is because they're treated like family. I wouldn't feel very accepted into the family if they'd want me to leave every 3 days. Plus the hassle of always carrying stuff back and forth. Not to mention this is the very border of illegal.
We could afford an ap full time no problem (although the going rate in our area is £80-£100 for 25 hours). But I don't want someone living in 24/7, as its been too intense in the past, and I've found it quite a slog feeding them (I eat like a bird and kids have main meal at school).
Just get a live out nanny then. Seeing as you only need part time they won't be that much more
Au pair - £100 money, £20 travel pass, £20 in food. Plus extra expense of more utilities, paying for entry to things out with you and meals out sometimes with family. Plus inconvience of having someone in home. Average £150+ a week
Live out nanny - £10 per hr gross ( assuming not London based on your au pair average) so that's £200 ish a week for 20 hrs. Less if you need less hrs ( say 3-6pm daily only)
We've had lots of aps and always made them very welcome. Still in touch with 2 out of the 4 who come to the UK to visit us. So we do understand. There are loads of aps in our area, and some of them really do seem to just want lodgings, so maybe it would be someone more like that.
Also, AP should be able to prepare meals for herself when required. During the week here, it's every man for themselves. I do cook at the weekends for the family, when it's hardly a trouble to put another bit of chicken in the pot, for example. And that's if she's not out and about with a friend.
But you shouldn't be cooking specially for an AP every night.