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Introduction

Could an au pair be a solution in your home?

Typical au pair duties ? how an au pair could help you:

  • Doing the school run

  • Preparing light meals and clearing and washing up

  • Looking after the children after school until parents return from work

  • Bathing and preparing children for bed

  • Laundry and ironing

  • General tidying, dusting, polishing, cleaning and vacuuming

  • Babysitting

  • Looking after pets

Take a look at our example Au Pair Welcome Pack. Something similar could be used when inducting a new au pair to your home.

Summary information about Au Pairs

Au Pair ? ?on a par? or ?equal to?. A young person from overseas usually aged between 17 and 30 who comes and stays with a host family in order to experience the culture and improve their language skills. The au pair lives as a part of the family, sharing meals and participating in activities and can help with light housework and looking after the children. Generally au pairs are not trained childcare professionals and should not be left in sole charge of youngsters under 2 years. Typically the au pair will be ?on duty? or working for 25 hours per week plus one or two nights babysitting, and in return for the assistance they offer the family they will receive ?pocket money? of around ?70 to ?75 per week in addition to full board and lodging and their own bedroom. Au pairs can work more hours for more money where this has been mutually agreed between the host family and the au pair. Duties can be agreed between the parties and may sometimes include roles that do not involve children such as looking after pets or an elderly relative.

Au pairs will normally pay for their travel to and from the host family at the beginning and end of the placement, and also for any costs associated with attending language school.

Please click here for details of who can be an au pair, nanny or housekeeper in the UK.

Au pairs can be male or female and specific daily and weekly duties will be agreed between the family and the au pair before the start of the placement, which may last between 3 months and 2 years. Placements of over 12 months are becoming less common as young people tend to want to move on. It is important that the family correctly identifies their requirements and properly qualifies potential au pairs in order to find a good match. Factors to consider will include: childcare experience, driving ability, start date, length of stay, etc.

You will find lots more useful free-to-access information on this site. Please have a browse around. If you wish to run through all of the information we have in logical order, then we recommend that you read the Home Page, and then visit each of the menu items to the left of the For Families page (the same menu appears to the left of this current page).

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