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Is the Au Pair option the childcare solution for us?

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Is an Au Pair the childcare solution for us? Are you wondering whether an Au Pair is a good option for your family?  Here are some important things to consider before committing to hosting an Au Pair. First and foremost, you are welcoming into your home a soon-to-be extended member of the family.  Your Au […]

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Canada’s failing Caregiver Program has given rise to the popularity of the Au Pair for childcare

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Childcare – One of the biggest concerns for young families in Canada Canadian families are sliding into a childcare crevasse.  From Victoria to Halifax, dual income families are scrambling to find childcare that suits their hectic schedules and doesn’t break the bank.  With the exception of Quebec, there are no provincial or federal childcare options or […]

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Doing Things “Above Board”

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At Canadian Au Pair Solutions we believe in being smart about hosting an Au Pair and doing everything “by the book.”  This means making sure your Au Pair has the appropriate Visa to work in Canada, registering as an employer, submitting payroll remittances, following the labor standards of your province and adhering by provincial legislation […]

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Taking Your Au Pair on Vacation

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It’s Vacation Planning Time! Looking to get away this winter and planning a family trip with your Au Pair?  This is something we have done and it takes good communication to ensure things go well.  Here are our tips for planning a family vacation with your Au Pair. Know your Au Pair Before you plan […]

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What you need to know to Au Pair in Canada

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Becoming an Au Pair in Canada… WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Are you an Au Pair wishing to come to Canada?  It is an amazing opportunity to experience Canada, travel and make lifelong friends. Here are a few things you need to know about becoming an Au Pair before you start contacting families… The Working Holiday […]

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Can My Au Pair Extend Her Stay?

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My Au Pair’s Working Holiday Visa is due to expire and she wants to extend her stay… We have had a number of families ask us if their Au Pair can extend her Visa or stay beyond her Visa expiration.  Wouldn’t this be lovely if International Experience Canada allowed back to back Working Holiday Visas? […]

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Oh that Cell Phone!

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Managing Au Pair Cell Phone Usage As parents we are often guilty with respect to the amount of time we spend “plugged in” but what about your Au Pair?  Is your Au Pair’s cell phone use causing problems while she is managing the children?  Are your children begging her to pay attention to them rather […]

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The Importance of Host Family References

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Imagine you are an Au Pair (or perhaps you are an Au Pair).  Wouldn’t you like to see letters of reference for potential Host Families, just as Host Families expect to see a number of written references for their Au Pairs? The Importance of References  Just Ask! Requesting or offering references is an important step in […]

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Our Au Pair is arriving soon!

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Our Au Pair is arriving soon… how should she prepare for her arrival? Are you expecting an Au Pair in the next few days or weeks?  One of the most common questions we get is regarding what an Au Pair needs upon her arrival and what documents she will need to show Canada Customs officials. What […]

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