An Au Pair/Plus is a young person – male or female aged 17 to 27 years old who lives with a family for around 6 months to 1 year.
It is a Cultural Exchange scheme based around childcare which means that the Au Pair will live like a member of a family. It is important to remember that hey are not employees.
An Au Pair:
Helps with childcare and light household chores for 25 – 30 hours per week plus up to two evenings babysitting.
Receives free time to attend a language course – usually a couple of hours 1 to 3 mornings per week in term time.
Has their own private room. This should be clean and comfortable and where possible include a good bed, chair and desk plus somewhere to store their clothes and belongings. A television is common and a Wi-fi connection essential!
Should eat with the family when possible and generally be treated as a family member.
Will receive pocket money of £75-90 per week.
An Au Pair plus will work up to 35 hours per week and earn £95-120 per week.
Au Pairs should NOT be given heavy duty tasks or asked to Spring Clean.
The Au Pair should be prepared to pay for their own travel costs (outward and return), although some families offer to help with the cost, or help to pay for their travel back home again, particularly for candidates from less affluent countries.
Although an Au Pair is enthusiastic and energetic, has usually at least helped in their own homes and has some experience with children, it is important to remember that an Au Pair is neither a nanny nor a cleaner and they are young and still inexperienced.
Applicants must be treated and welcomed as one of the family – this is also the way that you will benefit most from your placement.