Au Pair Information
Au-pair InfoIf you are interested in becoming an au pair, then our registration and services to you are free of charge.
In exchange for hospitality provided by the host family you will help to care for the children and take on light household duties and baby sitting up to 2 evenings a week.
An Au Pair generally works between 25 to 35 hours per week spread over 5 days, being 5 hours per day, with 2 full days off each week. Some baby sitting in the evening may be required which will be no more than 2 evenings per week inclusive for your payment of pocket money. If more baby sitting is required form the family for the evening other than the 2 days then it is up to you to communicate with your family to do this. If you do extra baby sitting then the host family will pay you extra.
You should be provided with your own room and suitable privacy.
What is expected of an Au-PairAs an au pair it is preferable to be a single person between the age of 17 and 30, without dependents who can travel to the families country to live with a family so that you can learn the host nation Language and gain experience and understanding on their culture and ways of life. You will be treated as one of the family assisting in caring for the children in the home. If any children are at school then you may be required to drop off and pick up the children to and from school or their meeting area (host families will advise you of this in their registration form). As an au pair you may need to help out with household duties i.e. vacuuming, dusting , ironing, preparing light meals etc.
The majority of families are looking for long term au pairs. Some au pairs stay with their host families from 6 months to 2 years. if you can try to be flexible in your duration when you register.
As an au pair coming to the UK you may be responsible for paying for your transport, check with the family first. The host family will meet you at your destination whether it is at an airport, bus station, train station or port.
The pocket money to be expected does vary on whether you will be an au pair or au pair plus. A normal au pair working 25 hours per week will receive £60 per week pocket money which is regulated to government standards and an au pair plus can expect to receive between £80 -90 per week pocket money.
The following is a list of standard government guidelines that will hopefully guide you in the right direction regarding Au Pair standards.
- According to the Home Office an au pairs' salary should be a minimum of £55 "pocket money" per week for 25 hours "help around the home" plus 2 nights baby sitting duties. They will have 2 full days free per week.
- An au pair's salary should be a minimum of £77 per week for 35 hours child care, household duties plus 2 nights baby sitting. They will have 2 full days free per week.
- An au pair is paid a modest salary, plus room and full board in return for helping out with the children and home. They are not professional nannies or domestic servants and should not be given duties that they are not qualified to complete. They are not responsible for the sole care of children.
- An au pairs' duties may only include light housework, bathing and feeding the children, school run, help with homework, preparation of light meals.
Remember you can of course negotiate this with the family concerned so you can come to an agreement that suits everyone perfectly.
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