I realise this must be asked about 10 times a week, i just can't find any threads right now.
i currently pay £8 p/h to my carer who does afterschool pick up and care at my house for 6 hrs a week. She's great, i'm not looking to replace her. I also pay other people (and sometimes her) to babysit in the evenings. So i guess my monthly childcare costs are about 250-300.
However i wonder whether i would be better off employing an au pair, but they'd need to live out. What would I pay for that, in London?
I dont think it is an au pair you are looking for, if you want somebody to live out.
Au pairs get between 50-80 pounds per week + bed and board (and often an Oyster card and a mobile phone) for upto 25 hours of light child care duties per week. A bit more if they are Au Pair Plus.
Au pairs are usually young people from a different country, who come to England on a cultural exchange to learn the language. They live within a family setting, and get bed, board and pocket money in exchange for help with childcare and light house work.
ok - a bit more searching and i've found that i'm talking about a live-out mothers help. oh well, i'll stick to the arrangement we have. thanks. we don't have a big enough room to offer a live-in au pair, otherwise i'd quite enjoy it i think....