A Ku Indeed!

Ayi Yigh Yigh!!

Posted in China, Life by Chris on June 14, 2008

Christie and I will be teaching at Tsinghua next Spring, and even though it is months away, it is amazing how fast time is moving and how much stuff needs to be taken care of between now and then.

One of the issues (the many, many issues) that we need to figure out is child care. Of course, Parker will be there (3 1/2 at the time) and so will the new baby (still in utero, will be 6mo when we arrive). One of the possibilities we are considering is an ayi (Chinese for nanny or housekeeper). As is to be expected, however, we know nothing about it.

Is there anyone out there who has any experience with this? How does hiring an ayi generally work? Referrals? Services? How much does it typically cost, if you wanted the person to watch your children during the day, three to five days a week (say)? Are there any issues to look out for?

I realize it’s a long shot asking these questions on the blog, but you never know who is reading.

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  1. Jonah said, on June 16, 2008 at 9:08 am

    well, I obviously don’t know anything about china, but in egypt, a good source for nanny referrals is the american embassy, which, here in Cairo offers a community services association and maintains a list of nanny/housekeeper referrals. We also get referrals from other university professors. SOme unis have a faculty services office that helps with this.

    Good luck.

    Are you still coming to Cairo?

  2. Chris said, on June 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    J —

    Thanks for the advice — that sounds like a good idea. I’ll definitely be in touch with the university there (or rather with my contacts there), I’m sure they know a thing or two. But I’ll also check with the embassy.

    I would say that the chances of us coming to Cairo are very high, if you folks don’t mind showing us around. Obviously the trip is not right around the corner — summer 10′, but at my school you have to plan school-oriented trips two years in advance, so that’s why I know we’ll be teaching in Greece that summer (and hence the Cairo trip).


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