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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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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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5 Common Mistakes Host Families Make

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5 Common Mistakes Au Pair Host Families Make How to avoid the pitfalls some host families have faced At Canadian Au Pair Solutions we receive urgent emails from time to time where the subject line reads “Help!”  Host families who were unfamiliar with our services or chose to “go it alone” without our help have reached out […]

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Compensating Your Au Pair

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Compensating Your Au Pair in Canada: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS POCKET MONEY! We’ve been hearing too frequently lately from “experienced” host families who have never issued a pay stub or remitted to Revenue Canada… not to mention the families who still think that compensating their beloved Au Pair with “pocket money” is fair and reasonable.  Say what?????  Families and Au […]

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