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2015 Au Pair Agency Reviews & Ratings

Included in Our Au Pair Agency Reviews:

  • Major Agency Strengths - agencies with low fees; good au pair health insurance, quality au pairs, parent recommendations, customer service, local support, etc.
  • Major Agency Weaknesses - most expensive fees, poor screening methods, au pairs who don't drive or speak English, poor customer service, etc.
  • Agencies that have Quality au pairs - which agencies shine, which agencies to avoid!
  • Cost-effective au pair agencies - we outline all costs for each agency
  • Specific Programs -  we identify agencies that have unique programs for special needs children, infants and half-time childcare
  • Agency Websites -  which sites are user friendly, offer great host parent resources, ease of navigation so you can easily find what you need, etc.
  • Phone Service -  how agency staff handle calls, which agencies depend on answering machines, emergency coverage, helpfulness, etc.
  • Host Family Ratings - how did host parents like yourself rate each agency?

 Not all au pair agencies are the same - know more and choose better! 

An Educated Parent Makes the Best Childcare Consumer

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Top Rated Au Pair Agencies for 2015

Top 3 Blue Ribbon Winners for Overall Excellent Customer Service

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Our Blue Ribbon Winners for 2015 - Best English Speaking

Do you need an au pair with good-excellent English speaking skills?

American host parents rate good English skills as one of the most important factors in their decision to match with an au pair. 

Now, there is an easier way to find au pairs with good, reliable English skills...

We have the survey results from real host parents like yourself - host parents rate their au pair’s ability to speak and communicate in English on a 4-point rating scale:

    “Not Satisfied at All” -- "Somewhat Satisfied" -- "Satisfied" -- “Very Satisfied”

Some of our Host Parent Survey Respondent Comments:

  • "Our children are very young and we need an au pair who understands and can communicate well in English - we were able to find a great agency that understood our needs and they matched us with a great au pair.  Thank you Au Pair Clearinghouse!"
  • "Our first au pair did not speak English at all, even though our agency assessed her as an "excellent" English speaking au pair!  How these assessments are being done, is beyond me!  Of course, I interviewed the au pair, and I finally figured out that it was her friend who was actually sitting in for our au pair.  I heard that this happens a lot!"

You Need to Read the Entire English Speaking Report

Best Au Pair Driving Skills Review for 2015

Host Parents Rate Satisfaction with Agency Screening of Au Pair Driving Skills - 2015

Oriental Driver Host parents evaluate their au pair's ability to drive a car on a 4-point scale:

   “Not Satisfied at all” -- "Somewhat Satisfied" -- "Satisfied" -- “Very Satisfied”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 million U.S. children and adolescents suffer preventable motorcar injuries annually.  A survey completed by a leading au pair agency found that child safety is the number one concern for American host families.  No question - Driving is an important skill that your au pair should have.

Don't Guess, Verify, if your au pair has the driving skills you need to ensure the safety of your children. 

OUR NEW Au Pair Agency Driving Skills Ratings for 2015

Best Quality Au Pairs Review for 2015

 Host Parents Ratings - the Best Quality Au Pairs

In our 2015 Host Family Satisfaction Survey, parents rate their Satisfaction with their agency’s Quality of Au Pairs.

The Quality of Au Pairs is defined by these characteristics: 

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  • Ability to Keep Children Safe
  • Pleasant & Flexible Personalities
  • Ability to Drive Well 
  • Ability to Speak English Well
  • Childcare Experience

Sample Comments by Host Family 2015 Survey Respondents

  • "My agency is well-known and large, but they can't even call me back when I had a big problem with my au pair.  It took 3 days for them to get back to me and in the intern, I had to deal with a wild, party au pair."
  • "Our agency would not refund us any money after our au pair left in the middle of the night!"

Find out which agencies deliver great au pairs....

Find out which agencies fall short.....

Read Quality of Au Pairs Review for 2015 Now.

Best Counselor Ratings for 2015

Host Parents Rate Satisfaction with Agency's Local Support - 2015

Counselors, LCCs or Regional Representatives are very important to the overall success of the match between host families and their au pairs.

Providing expert local support is key in the overall perception of customer satisfaction for each agency.

Counselors are the local agency staff that is assigned to each family and au pair and their duties are numerous:

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  • Provides ongoing support and assistance throughout the year

  • Offers monthly meetings to the local au pairs

  • Maintains monthly contact with both host parent and au pair

  • Provides assistance to both families and au pairs with health problems, college courses, driving issues and childcare.

  • Provides ongoing safety and childcare workshops for au pairs

  • Provides advice and counseling when problems arise

Read Best Counselor Review


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