Au Pair Child Care Guide

Welcome to Your InterExchange Au Pair Program!

The coming months will be an exciting time full of new people and experiences. InterExchange hopes this guide will be a helpful resource for you over the course of your program and beyond.

Review the contents of this guide often; however, a guide shouldn’t replace frequent communication with your host parents. They can answer any questions you have, and a good partnership with them will make your program the best it can be.

Stages of Child Development

Important Child-Care Topics

Child Care Test

This test is meant as a review of content in the Child Care Guide, and is not part of your application process. We recommend taking time to consider all of these questions before your au pair placement begins.


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U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation