What’s the difference between a nanny and an Au Pair?

If you are planning on working in Canada as a nanny from overseas, it is important to understand the differences between applying as a nanny or as an au pair.

 What is a live-out Nanny?

  • A nanny has several years of experience caring for children and often, this is the nanny’s chosen career.
  • Some nannies have other certification, such as teaching degrees, nursing degrees, or Early Childhood training certificates.
  • A nanny goes to a family’s home each day and leaves at the end of the day.
  • A nanny is responsible for the children during a set weekly schedule, depending on the family’s needs.
  • In Canada, nannies are paid $16 to $25+ per hour and this rate depends on the nanny’s experience and the job’s responsibilities.  The rate can also vary depending on where in Canada the nanny is working.
  • You can meet the family ahead of time for an interview.
  • A nanny must have a working holiday visa.

 What is an Au Pair?

  • An au pair may have little to no childcare experience.
  • An au pair is often younger and looking for a cultural experience.
  • Au pairs provide help with childcare and light housekeeping in exchange for room, board, and pocket money. This must be at least minimum wage but room and board can be deducted.
  • An au pair gains cultural and childcare experience though the family.
  • Often, an au pair is looking to learn another language while in the family’s home.
  • Au pairs are not necessarily looking for a career in childcare.
  • You will often not meet the family in person as you will be committing to the family before arriving in Canada.
  • An au pair must have a working holiday visa.

Although the jobs have many similarities, if you already have at least two years of childcare experience, you will be better compensated when you apply to work as a nanny in Canada.

If you are interested in becoming a nanny in Canada, please contact Nannies on Call at [email protected] or 877-214-2828.


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