Guide modes garde enfant

Guide to different childcare solutions

When looking for the right solution in terms of the right type of childcare it's easy to get a bit lost... especially new parents! Here is an overview of the different types of childcare possible. We hope it will help you in your search.



Occasional care for a one-time event. Romantic getaway, dinner party, cinema, etc: the babysitter can look after your children at your home or a place you have decided together.

More info here Find a babysitter


Regular Childcare

Need childcare for your kids regularly on weekends, after school etc... and at your house? You can use a student babysitter whose schedules are compatible or someone who's looking for a part-time job. An employment contract is established between you and your employee.


Home Childcare Provider

A home childcare provider looks after children in their own home. There are different levels of courses that can be completed: they can be licensed or unlicensed. With this option using a licensed homecare provider gives you that extra peace of mind knowing the house has been passed as a safe environment for your children and they have some form of training.
More info here | Find a home childcare provider


Professional Nanny working from your home

A Nanny is someone directly employed by the family to provide childcare, normally for pre-school children in the family home. They can be either live-in or live-out according to the family's needs. They often travel with the family on holiday and can also be there for overnight care when the parents are away. A Nanny demands a higher salary than a 'babysitter' as they often have experience and qualifications and see this as their main profession. Nannies can also work for two families and ask for an increase in wage depending on the number of children. A fully trained top professional Nanny is often employed by the family soon after the child is born and often stays with the family for several years to bring up the child.

More info here Find a nanny


Nanny Sharing

Two families who have decided to share a nanny to care for their children. They also share the nanny's salary and expenses. The nanny can care for the children from one or both of the parents homes.

More info here Find a family to share with


Shared Care


Between 2 and a half months and 3 years, toddlers whose parents work can be accommodated in a daycare. They are managed by qualified professionals. There are several types of daycare: public/private, workplace creche etc. More information here.


The nursery welcomes children usually from 3 - 5 years from a few hours to full time weekdays, on a regular or occasional basis. It allows mums to have a little free time and socialize or get back to work. Beware, some nurseries are asking you to register the baby from the sixth month of pregnancy!


Au pair

An Au pair is usually a young person wanting to discover a new culture and gain experience in learning English. It's common for students or people taking a gap year to spend the entire school year abroad living and working for the family. He/she normally stays within the family home unless you can provide accommodation close by. The Au pair will be living as part of your family and you will both be expected to treat the experience as a cultural exchange, something that benefits both parties. If you want to employ an Au pair as a cheap childcare solution think first about how someone will feel moving to a new country and whether your family would work with someone living under the same roof. It's not a solution for everyone and shouldn't be chosen if you're not prepared to provide reasonable working conditions.

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What is a babysitter?
For which occasion?
Date night
On vacation
Types of babysitters
Teenage babysitter
College student
Senior sitter
Finding, choosing & managing your sitter
How much and how to pay
Hourly or flat-rate?
Rates and costs
By region
Other expenses
Financial aid
How to pay
Advice for babysitters
Becoming a babysitter
Finding babysitting jobs
Safety tips
Being a great sitter
Home childcare provider
What is a home childcare provider?
Differences from a nanny
The advantages
Health and safety
Limited numbers
A trained professional
Cost of a home childcare provider
Paying "under the table"?
Breakdown of the cost
Other expenses
According to the region
Financial aid
Some examples
The care step by step
Finding your childcare assistant
The interview
The beginning of the childcare
The adaptation
The separation
Building trust
Everyday care
Good communication
Learning methods
Potential problems
Saying goodbye
The administrative process
The contract
Terms of the contract
Concerning wages
Conditions of the chilcare
Model of a contract
Exceptional occurrences
Sick child
Change of hours
You're pregnant
My kid is starting school
My caregiver has an accident
My caregiver is pregnant
My caregiver is sick
End of care/termination
Types of breach of contract
Regular ending
Termination for misconduct
Loss of license
Settling finances
Paperwork required
Becoming a home caregiver
The process
Training and education
Obtaining a license
What is a nanny?
Live-in nanny
Live-out nanny
The cost of a nanny
Nanny's pay
Amount payable
Calculating the pay
Subsidies and benefits
Undeclared nanny?
Minimizing the cost
The care step by step
Hiring a nanny
The ideal nanny?
How to find a nanny
The interview
Beginning of the childcare
Establishing trust
Daily care
Practical organization
Little problems
Big problems
End of care
Your responsibility
Employment contract
Types of contracts
Contract examples
Special cases of employment
How to pay?
Vacation/Leaves of absence
Setting vacation
Paying vacation pay
Statutory holidays
Leaves of absence
Raises and bonuses
Exceptional occurrences
My nanny is sick
My nanny is pregnant
Work accident
End of care/dismissal
End of contract formalities
Special cases
Other possible endings
Nanny sharing
How to organize it
Finding a family & a nanny
Practical organization
Daily routine
The contract
End of the shared agreement
Special cases
Pros and cons
How much it costs
Different types of daycares
Difficult to get a space!
Life at daycare