Au pair is normally a young adult from abroad who is interested in a foreign language and culture and loves working with children. They come to the country to help the family looking after their school aged children and light housekeeping for an exchange of free and safe accommodation with meals, weekly pocket money and opportunity to explore the language and culture of the country.
Au pair in the UK can work up to 25 or 30 hours/week + babysitting and can undertake the following tasks: school runs, afternoon supervision of children, taking children to clubs and play dates, accompanying the elderly, preparing meals, tidying and cleaning after their own cooking, light housekeeping, walking a dog ad clearing up, light shopping, collecting packaging from post or receiving deliveries, babysitting up to twice a week and looking after the hose while the owners are on holidays.
The au pair is not a professional child carer nor a housekeeper so they are not supposed to take on heavy duties (no solo charge of 0-2 years old children, deep cleaning, weekly shopping etc.).
AU PAIR vs. NANNY
AU PAIRS IN THE UK
WHO CAN APPLY:
- people of ages 19+ from EU and EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Findland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland,
- people from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan under Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa or
- people with EU or UK passport.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE: au pair receives a safe accommodation with meals and weekly pocket money, as well as opportunity to explore a new country and its people, in exchange for a childcare and light housekeeping for the host family.
POCKET MONEY GUIDANCE: we advise at least £100 a week for 25 hours/week, £110 for 30 hours/week, £120 for 30 hours/week + babysitting, pocket money also depends on the number of children and duties.
AU PAIR IN SPAIN
If you are a NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER (coming from UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand), we offer Au pair programme in Spain. Head over HERE for more information.
BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME
Families usually host au pairs because of their work obligations and they simply need someone to be with children when they cannot be there. They may wish to get some additional time for themselves to breath and relax after a long day at work or simply to have more of a social life from time to time or time for holidays. Therefore, they trust an au pair to help with school runs, homework, after school clubs and play dates and make sure they are well.
On the other hand, most young people see a perfect opportunity to help a family with their kids which they love while exploring the foreign language and culture too.