Founded in 2001, GreatAuPair.com is the original and most trusted international job matching service used by families to find affordable, trustworthy caregivers, providing a safe place to easily connect, get advice and hire with confidence.
The company provides a valuable service through the entire life cycle of a family from childcare, special needs care, pet sitting, tutoring, personal assistants, housekeeping to senior care. The service helps families and caregivers find the best possible two-way match through personalized searches and detailed profiles including background checks, online interviews, references, reviews, photos and videos.
Take a look at our Founders' Video to get the inside story on the formation of GreatAuPair. Be sure to also check out the Nanny Experience video, below.
GreatAuPair was founded in 2001 and it was borne out of our own need for childcare. Shannon had been working very long hours and traveling extensively for an Internet startup. After complaining about how I felt like a single mom, he encouraged me to start looking for some childcare help.
When we realized how limited our child care options were, we got excited about the possibility of creating a service that could help other families, just like our own, to restore balance by finding quality care.
I remember when I first started searching for an au pair for our family, I really enjoyed the process. My heart went out to all of the candidates that I had connected with. I talked to young women from all over the globe who were willing to leave everything that was safe and familiar in order to brave a new experience and to become a part of a new family. I truly believe that it was in the process of searching for our very first caregiver, that a seed was planted in our hearts for this business.
We arrived at our vision to bring quality caregivers to families around the world, as a way to help restore the balance we knew had been lost in our own family life.
Our service started from humble beginnings with a team of highly talented moms, dads and former caregivers who understood and fully shared our vision. Watch the video to get the rest of the story.
GreatAuPair was founded on the belief that we can actually reduce our daily stress and enjoy a balanced family life by sharing our workload with quality caregivers from around the world. What surprised us most was how rewarding each experience was - how much we laughed, how much we gained, and how much our own kids enjoyed meeting and learning from the many wonderful au pairs, nannies, babysitters and tutors that touched their lives. Each caregiver that came into our home learned and grew both personally and professionally, but the real gifts of each caregiver continue in our lives today. Our hearts and encouragement go out to all those who are brave enough to step beyond limitations to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We've been touched by the kindness and love from many caregivers who have joined our family over the years. Here are some of the fond memories of those who remain in our hearts.